Did the SSC Tuatara REALLY Set a 331mph World Record?

The SSC Tuatara claims to be the fastest car in the world, having recently hit a reported world record top speed for a production car of 331mph! However, the official video of the run poses many questions that introduce an element of doubt, so let's investigate and determine if everything is what it seems...
SSC report that on 10th October, 2020, the Tuatara in production specification form broke a top speed record with one direction at 331.15mph and the other at 301.07mph for an average of 316.1mph - beating the previous record of the Koenigsegg Agera RS by 38.2mph (from 277.9mph). The runs took place on the very same road, the Nevada Highway 160 from the intersection with Tecopa Road with the Tuatara's fastest direction heading South-East towards Las Vegas and the slow speed on the return.
After plenty of time spent viewing the videos and analysing the data presented from the run so far, let's calculate whether it's possible and investigate further into these numbers. There are a number of areas that don't quite add up; from the time travelling between the fixed medians on the road and the painted street markings, to the dashboard and telemetry data being out of sync, and also on the technical side with the engine and gearbox configuration.
A further topic of discussion not mentioned is the noticeable lag between the shift points recorded by the telemetry data which can simply be seen coming a few seconds delayed in comparison to the visual cues of the shift and rev counter, plus the audible sound of the RPMs.
This video asks questions, based on the information given so far. If there are answers, it would be fantastic to hear them and the accompanying data that lines up to prove that the record has indeed been broken.
Thanks to Jey, Matt, Kaare, Robert, Misha and many more for their involvement.
FACTUAL CORRECTION: The rear tyre setup is 345, not 335 which produces a maximum 6th gear speed of 477.67 km/h - 296.15 mph, 3mph faster than suggested.
Information and data sources:
BBC Top Gear 331mph Record video:
kgcode.info/stream/hWOWgsmDfc94YaE/video.html
SSC Tuatara vs Koenigsegg Agera RS head to head video:
kgcode.info/stream/h33Tfq6YfZ2vd6U/video.html
Start location for the run:
goo.gl/maps/6ZzK3ZCppWJZqoxL6
Oli Webb confirming 6th gear for the run:
kgcode.info/stream/mZy5rbtqibKLlak/video.html
Comparative Data:
Koenigsegg Agera RS 271.19mph in 5th Oct 2017
Average run speed of 277.9mph
Slower run SE, faster run NW of 284.55mph
SSC Tuatara 331.15mph on 10th Oct 2020
Average run speed of 316.1mph
Faster run SE, slower run NW of 301.07mph
Median Comparisons:
Start to 1st median
Distance: 1.69km / 1.05m
Time: 38.18s = 99.5mph avg
1st to 2nd median
Distance: 1.81km / 1.13m
Time: 22.64s = 179.7mph avg
Entry at 192mph, exit at 307mph
2nd to 3rd median
Distance: 2.28km / 1.42m
Time: 28.24s including a pause
Pause is 3:82
Total time: 24.40s = 209.5mph avg
Entry at 307mph, exit at 242mph
1st to 3rd
Total excluding the pause is 47.39s = 195mph
Entry at 194mph, exit at 242mph, 331mph along the way
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  • i like your voice its very calming :)

    Hocus PocusHocus Pocus10 саат мурун
  • 40 miles quicker is impossible but your equasion is faulty

    Daniel VanackereDaniel Vanackere15 саат мурун
  • Can someone explain this to a slow guy like me? I know SSC did some shady stuff, but how does this video prove it? Its all going over my head.

    Fabrice RobinFabrice RobinКүн мурун
  • Lol SSC sucks

    Ben CalvinBen CalvinКүн мурун
  • The most suspicious thing to me in all of this is that they have said they will not be releasing the GPS data.

    Roger BarraudRoger Barraud2 күн мурун
  • Not trying to be rude but he said it’s impossible to take longer to get to the same spot if your moving faster but if it takes longer to speed up then it is actually is possible

    Jerry 2222x30Jerry 2222x303 күн мурун
  • Even when the Bugatti hit records, at the top end, those last few mph were herd to get, the numbers ticking up very slowly, even with 1300+ hp. This in-car vid shows the mph clicking up fast through 320s. That would indicate the car has even more to give. At only 1k hp, there’s not enough to push through. Incremental more speed requires exponentially more power, especially at these speeds when the air in front is literally compressed to same density as peanut butter.

    j wayneairj wayneair3 күн мурун
    • 1750HP, 0.279 drag coefficient and incredibly low frontal area (which makes it even more aerodynamic) is plenty to achieve 330mph with power to spare. Bugatti weighs as much as a fucking pig, has much larger frontal area and has much worse drag coefficient so of course it's gonna accelerate like a snail.

      Pagan MinPagan Min2 күн мурун
  • His body language, speech and overall presentation improved so much from his earlier videos.

    BitPebbleBitPebble6 күн мурун
  • Shelby.........come out to playay!!!!!!

    PerformancePetePerformancePete6 күн мурун
  • ummm it pauses because you can see it get the world record meaning this video was a waste of time

    LD ReaconLD Reacon7 күн мурун
  • Is he british??? I'm just curious

    xGolden x ViperxGolden x Viper8 күн мурун
  • If this was the case then Guinness would have to be compromised also. It could be simply due to editing Tires grow in height the faster you go. You need to work physics into this.

    brin keebrin kee8 күн мурун
    • You’re late. It ran 250 in the ”331” run.

      Jonas LarssonJonas Larsson7 күн мурун
  • Just like the man on the moon, a hoax!

    Danilo Ricardo do Valle RibeiroDanilo Ricardo do Valle Ribeiro8 күн мурун
  • Welcome to the FBI

    Elvis Car ReviewsElvis Car Reviews9 күн мурун
  • Love the analysis! Agreed: too many “red flags” to buy what they are selling. I propose a real and transparent re-run! I also propose head to head races in the 1/4 mile, 1/2 mile and 1 mile distances. And a Nuremberg lap time, too!

    233Runner233Runner9 күн мурун
  • Exposing the deceivers .

    Dave SinghDave Singh9 күн мурун
  • DONALD TRUMP SPREAD THE LIES DISEASE IN AMERICA GOT AMERICAN COMPANIES TO THINK ITS OK TO LIE SOME ONES ALWAYS GOING TO FACT CHECK

    msductantmsductant10 күн мурун
    • Go get a TDS test kit.

      Jonas LarssonJonas Larsson7 күн мурун
  • I guess it 331kmph rather than 331mph, 🤣🤣🤣thy just swapped the units

    Draig 005Draig 00510 күн мурун
    • 1.46 factor, not 1.608

      Jonas LarssonJonas Larsson7 күн мурун
  • You can put any European Hypercars against the ssc. None will ever even closer to it. she even smoke the chiron out that easy. It’s on KGcode lol

    77777710 күн мурун
  • Kristen now you have chance to be the first person who build a car can reach 500 km/h pls try the jesko absolut

    Skander SeyhiSkander Seyhi11 күн мурун
  • was zur Hölle ist mit deiner Stimme Los!?!?!

    Paul PalmPaul Palm11 күн мурун
  • Great work Shmee! Now you need to solve how Biden won the election.

    Private EmailPrivate Email11 күн мурун
  • The car may have had a glitch and the speedometer read the wrong speed, hey you never know

    Teh angry bird 345Teh angry bird 34513 күн мурун
  • The Math adds up 280

    Luyanda NxumaloLuyanda Nxumalo13 күн мурун
    • 250.

      Jonas LarssonJonas Larsson7 күн мурун
  • 🤔🤔🤔🤔 I don't know man

    Luyanda NxumaloLuyanda Nxumalo13 күн мурун
  • Not sure whether it has been raised by someone else, but one should be wary of the risks involved when people allow emotions to be a factor at the speeds we're talking about. If - I say IF - someone gets emotional and decides to "prove a point" or "save face", this has the potential to get someone killed.

    Colin HarrisColin Harris13 күн мурун
  • My 79 VW Rabbit just did 420mph, on rainbow road. Fight me if you don’t believe it.

    Dan SmuldersDan Smulders13 күн мурун
  • They redid that entire hwy in the last couple years- changed grades and all

    Pro CrastinatorPro Crastinator13 күн мурун
    • Dan Smulders actually, they widened it and smoothed out turns- using dynamite to bring down cliff sides . Again: I drive on this highway. It has drastically changed. I’m not sure if this has affected the comparison- just that it’s a distinct possibility that I think is being overlooked.

      Pro CrastinatorPro Crastinator13 күн мурун
    • @Pro Crastinator I highly doubt the Government would waste tax dollars moving u-turn spots and guardrails that are already in place, sure the lanes might have been milled /repaved, but the barriers etc are far enough from the road that they wouldn’t need to be touched to do the actual road work. That car might have hit the 300km mark, not even close to 300mph though. Cars don’t move top speed record numbers by 50mph at a time, more like 5mph intervals.

      Dan SmuldersDan Smulders13 күн мурун
    • Dan Smulders He’s using the older version still on google maps to do his measurements. Next time I’m on that highway I will see if those distances are still the same, they very well could be. But elevational changes can change distance without changing landmarks necessarily, even appearing to show the same road landmarks that might be a little different. Again, I’m not claiming this is true, just that it is entirely possible.

      Pro CrastinatorPro Crastinator13 күн мурун
    • Dan Smulders No, I did- what I’m saying- with experience driving that highway is that it has changed a little bit topographically, which might change some of the assumptive calculations, though not enough to warrant the ridiculous top speed, but enough to make the comparison with the agera off significantly. I’m looking forward to the redo- Expecting a little north of 300

      Pro CrastinatorPro Crastinator13 күн мурун
    • The u turn points, the land marks he first used as a comparison, didn’t change. He even states that at the beginning of the video. Did you not watch it or something?

      Dan SmuldersDan Smulders13 күн мурун
  • Sorry. Bollocks. Complete. Full. Stop.

    Nico C.Nico C.14 күн мурун
    • It ran 250.

      Jonas LarssonJonas Larsson7 күн мурун
  • Shmerlock 150

    GT3 rsGT3 rs14 күн мурун
    • It’s widely known it ran 250.

      Jonas LarssonJonas Larsson7 күн мурун
  • This is one of the best youtube channels on youtube, Shmee is a great man

    handsome danhandsome dan14 күн мурун
  • ما نروملك المحلل 😂😂

    Hazim SalliHazim Salli14 күн мурун
  • Tuatara to Agera : Dude. I almost had you :P Agera : You Almost had me ? You never had me. You never had Yourself. Tuatara : Sadface sighs

    Tech StudioTech Studio15 күн мурун
  • *Your faster than tuatara,,* 🗣🚀⚡

    spontane ousspontane ous15 күн мурун
  • So, orders could have come in for Tuataras, like crazy....the world's fastest car. But how many owners will repeat the test to see how fast their cars goes? So it becomes a "con"-fidence game....until Schmee got ahold of the vids. Great job!

    Claud ReindlClaud Reindl15 күн мурун
    • impossible.

      Ailsa NiAilsa Ni15 күн мурун
  • What height did the Worldwide record take place

    Roger KőllerRoger Kőller15 күн мурун
    • for Shelby Super Cars (Inc.) I'm sure the great man would have something to say on falsifying performance claims, especially on the back of his legacy.

      Ailsa NiAilsa Ni15 күн мурун
  • When have you all ever known America to be honest and play a fair game? Hell just look at our president..... Make American great

    Trader Lincoln MitchellTrader Lincoln Mitchell16 күн мурун
  • I don't understand anything I heard here but I do feel smarter as if I'd stayed at an Holiday Inn Express now.

    Trebor SllawTrebor Sllaw16 күн мурун
  • Love this style of vid!

    Leo MathleinLeo Mathlein16 күн мурун
  • lie until they couldn't.

    soiung toiuesoiung toiue17 күн мурун
    • They used the Donald Trump truth, so it's a lie.

      qopoy dnonqopoy dnon15 күн мурун
  • There is only one true explanation: when tuatara started driving the earth started spinning the opposite direction of the car making the tuatara able to reach the speed of light.

    MC BabinosMC Babinos17 күн мурун
    • My respect for Shmee has drastically risen! 👍

      kolim jonekolim jone16 күн мурун
  • Don't they have professional out there to make sure it true, I would like them to run another one to show

    hyper 200 1hyper 200 117 күн мурун
    • SCC: We are the fastest now. Shmee: I am going to ruin your whole week. SCC: No oNE sAId tHErE wOuLD bE mATh

      qopoy dnonqopoy dnon15 күн мурун
  • Science biatch!

    Philippe TANGPhilippe TANG17 күн мурун
    • SCC: We are the fastest now. Shmee: I am going to ruin your whole week. SCC: No oNE sAId tHErE wOuLD bE mATh

      soiung toiuesoiung toiue17 күн мурун
  • Why use an onboard timing system? Shouldn't this be based on time and distance at the roadside? The big boy land speed record attempts use point to point timing systems.

    Trev LogieTrev Logie17 күн мурун
  • Nice one, Tim!

    Trev LogieTrev Logie17 күн мурун
  • Tim keep digging. Why these companies pay attention

    James PughJames Pugh18 күн мурун
  • Trust an American car company to bring some of that Hollywood magic to the world record for production car top speed 🤩

    bcvbb hyuibcvbb hyui18 күн мурун
  • Shmee is a man of integrity. No 1 should question him.

    Joseph RichardsJoseph Richards18 күн мурун
  • Koenigsegg: 'STOP THE COUNT!'

    AndyRhyeAndyRhye18 күн мурун
  • Most excellent video Mr. Shmee. A proper, unbiased dissection of SSC's claims. For sure the Tuatara is a great car but..... Blanking out the speedometer reading? S.S.C. stands for Shelby Super Cars (Inc.) I'm sure the great man would have something to say on falsifying performance claims, especially on the back of his legacy.

    Martin BevisMartin Bevis18 күн мурун
    • "Because speed and time is relative"

      bcvbb hyuibcvbb hyui18 күн мурун
  • Excellent marketing for the fastest car! Also, a second overdrive is not inherently weaker than 1:1 nor the first. It is simply an increase in gear stress. That doesn't have to be impossible.

    Charley HorseCharley Horse18 күн мурун
  • Shmee I Think Trump and his campaign financed the SSC on this run a told them to make it the" fastest ever!" 🤣🤣😂😂

    EAC Entertainment ChannelEAC Entertainment Channel19 күн мурун
  • Guess it's not the only thing the US is faking this year

    Donvito CamoteDonvito Camote19 күн мурун
  • SCC: We are the fastest now. Shmee: I am going to ruin your whole week. SCC: No oNE sAId tHErE wOuLD bE mATh

    Ailsa NiAilsa Ni19 күн мурун
  • They used the Donald Trump truth, so it's a lie.

    50519750519719 күн мурун
  • My respect for Shmee has drastically risen! 👍

    truegritetruegrite20 күн мурун
  • SCC: We are the fastest now. Shmee: I am going to ruin your whole week. SCC: No oNE sAId tHErE wOuLD bE mATh

    sehhi vootysehhi vooty20 күн мурун
    • Great investigative work Shmee, are you available to help the US media learn some investigative techniques and curiosity?

      Ailsa NiAilsa Ni19 күн мурун
  • Hi guys I'm Nick and NO is the answer we all came for. There I saved you 20 mins your welcome

    nickacelvnnickacelvn20 күн мурун
  • I love how the CEO of tuatarra looks EXACTLY like Christian Von Koenigsegg 😂

    dartdart20 күн мурун
    • Fun fact: Ceo of SSC and Christian Von Koenigsegg actually know each other

      B4siliskB4silisk15 күн мурун
    • They look like brothers

      adam aliadam ali15 күн мурун
  • Wow

    Kim Bryan YsibidoKim Bryan Ysibido20 күн мурун
    • A car that has (as read in a comment): 1247 kg weight, 1750hp and 0.279 drag coefficient, a very low frontal area and is very aerodynamic, can easily beat the previous record

      sehhi vootysehhi vooty20 күн мурун
  • what is your engineering background?and why are you whining about this😂😂🤣

    nemesis primenemesis prime21 күн мурун
    • what is YOUR engineering background?and why are you commenting about this😂😂🤣

      CyvanCyvan18 күн мурун
  • I can barely cook bacon without burning it, so all of your math hurt my head, but it was still a great video! I live in Nevada, so it's cool to find out that this is where they do their runs

    Nunya BusinessNunya Business21 күн мурун
  • Who in their right mind will pull their deposit on a Bugatti to get into a not so relevant brand.

    Oswal HernándezOswal Hernández21 күн мурун
  • "Because speed and time is relative"

    Muhammad RamadhanMuhammad Ramadhan21 күн мурун
  • Awesome work, Shmee!!!

    ShionShinigamiShionShinigami21 күн мурун
  • To the 1.2K people that disliked this video: stop being American car fanboys and swallow the fact that SSC seems to have, and most likely, lied about a world record to get media attention

    TheGaminPowerhouseTheGaminPowerhouse21 күн мурун
  • This just tells you how reliable gueniss book of records is. They are in the same shit hole as wikipedia.

    guglje kuracguglje kurac21 күн мурун
  • SCC: We are the fastest now. Shmee: I am going to ruin your whole week. SCC: No oNE sAId tHErE wOuLD bE mATh

    bcvbb hyuibcvbb hyui21 күн мурун
  • Great Scott! Could you imagine buying this hypercar 🤑 only to find it's not all that hyper🙍‍♂️

    gvelez389gvelez38922 күн мурун
    • Well, it’s Hyperbole

      Tim BTim B21 күн мурун
  • Shmee what have you done. Now you have to go into witness protection.

    Rock girlRock girl22 күн мурун
  • The ceo called you out lol

    Andrew PrichardAndrew Prichard22 күн мурун
    • Just rename it the TRUMPatura. All good then.

      bcvbb hyuibcvbb hyui21 күн мурун
  • Great investigative work Shmee, are you available to help the US media learn some investigative techniques and curiosity?

    BigmogulsBigmoguls22 күн мурун
  • UPDATE: They plane on doing another run.

    Sahl HafijSahl Hafij22 күн мурун
  • i think, SSC it's falling into the same problem as Devel's Sixteen...

    Alejandro GonzálezAlejandro González22 күн мурун
    • SSC : In your face Bugatti . We're the record holder . Shmee : Oh really ?🤨 SSC : Oh Sh*t , run

      Rock girlRock girl22 күн мурун
  • Just having look at the suddenly increasing acceleration after 200 mph made me immediately doubt about the fairness of the shown data. The car speeds up slower and slower and then it abruptly goes so fast, as if it would be going in the vacuum.

    Dmitri KonnovDmitri Konnov22 күн мурун
  • A car that has (as read in a comment): 1247 kg weight, 1750hp and 0.279 drag coefficient, a very low frontal area and is very aerodynamic, could IN THEORY beat the previous record holder (2017 Koenigsegg Agera RS) which was heavier, less powerful (1350 hp vs 1750 hp) and less aerodynamic. Simple logic......... Nevertheless, what is theoretical must be implemented in practice, attested by credible witnesses not by dubious video footage. Can't wait to see what'll happen next.

    xuartemaxuartema22 күн мурун
    • Yeah it definitely can, if it had the same level of back ups to prove that it really did 331 mph as the fastest run... Koenigsegg did and had uploaded 3 different shots of it, one with the fastest run where you can see the dashboard VERY CLEARLY...

      Happytot10Happytot107 күн мурун
    • ^ a good example of blatant ignorance, you are.

      CyvanCyvan18 күн мурун
  • As well as all the high tec timing gear why don’t they have a simple no frills GPS speed monitor like Schmee had in his Ford GT, it can’t be tampered with and would give a real world indication as back up. Also why aren’t official timing companies employed, the likes of Tag Heur or Rolex, they wouldn’t risk their reputation by fudging the figures?

    CB Super-BikesCB Super-Bikes22 күн мурун
  • President Trump said it broke the record so it’s real. Case closed, Murica!

    nakternalnakternal22 күн мурун
  • umm I just used the same formula to calculate the speed of a few drag cars and each one was off by roughly 20 to 30 mph so probably not the best formula to use when its not accounting for other variables and in order to get the real speed you would have to account for both terminal velocity along acceleration because the formula only accounts for objects moving at a fixed speed and the land speed record is over 400 mph with an engine driven non production vehicle and was set in 1969 (the nhra record in the 1/4 mile is 338 mph at 3.6 seconds while dom lagana put down the same trap speed at 4.48 seconds)

    Shaolin masterShaolin master23 күн мурун
  • Only the salty Europeans would try to find something wrong with anything the Americans do.

    Gary ShookGary Shook23 күн мурун
    • Coz the europeans actually had proof that they did it🤷‍♀️

      Happytot10Happytot107 күн мурун
    • because there is always something wrong with anything muricans do ;)

      CyvanCyvan18 күн мурун
  • SSC: We did it!! We hit 331! Shmee: Allow me to introduce to you...Google Maps.

    AmeriGerman GarageAmeriGerman Garage23 күн мурун
  • Another thing that adds to the "tuatara didn't reach 331 MPH" pile is the Bugatti Chiron top speed video. While it has a lot of cuts and all that, if you look at the road markings themselves you notice that it goes a good hunch faster than the Tuatara does in the video and considering how in said vid it hits 290MPH it seems to indicate that the Tuatara indeed didn't reach 331MPH in the video.

    ItalianDragonItalianDragon23 күн мурун
  • Buggati crying in background

    Dark 444Dark 44423 күн мурун
  • Tuataratuaratua: WE JUST BROKE THE WORLD RECORD SHMEE: Hold my Silver Spoon 👮🏼

    qopoy dnonqopoy dnon23 күн мурун
  • Shmee's gear box calculator is not accurate to what the car can actually do. the Tuatara did 238 MPH @ 7,200 it will well exceed 242 @ 8,000 rpm.

    Blackline TransportationBlackline Transportation23 күн мурун
  • Just rename it the TRUMPatura. All good then.

    Jon ClarkeJon Clarke23 күн мурун
  • I actually didn’t mentioned that but yes its not real

    Mr. P1Mr. P123 күн мурун
    • SSC: Super scammer company

      qopoy dnonqopoy dnon23 күн мурун
  • Acceleration is not linear, it got curves. An exponential profile

    Mr NohMr Noh23 күн мурун
  • SSC : In your face Bugatti . We're the record holder . Shmee : Oh really ?🤨 SSC : Oh Sh*t , run

    balungile madibabalungile madiba23 күн мурун
  • AmeriKa can't built a decent car 😂😂😂 🇺🇸=💩💩💩

    YUSKHANYUSKHAN23 күн мурун
  • Disappointing if the calculations are all correct.

    Gods DesyplGods Desypl23 күн мурун
  • Ssc tuatara is not a car but a jet. Just with car body.

    Md Hm SakilMd Hm Sakil24 күн мурун
  • Why not ask his friends Ollie Web?

    Grizzly ReaperGrizzly Reaper24 күн мурун
  • Clever stuff! And they even blurred out the speedo which showed probably quite normal numbers, i guess... Shame. Now I'm sure, I'll buy a Koenginsegg instead! :D

    segmentkings.comsegmentkings.com24 күн мурун
  • Shelby-gate

    iPlayiPlay24 күн мурун
  • I believe it because it would not be on the internet if it was not true

    Drone FlightDrone Flight24 күн мурун
    • Nonsense.

      Neovis HengNeovis Heng23 күн мурун
  • The answer to if it's true or fake is in the cars name tuatara my ex wife was named Tara she was full of shit too 🤣🤣

    Jack ReesJack Rees24 күн мурун
  • How can it always be going faster then its average speed? thats impossible

    Aaron GlasserAaron Glasser24 күн мурун
  • Tuataratuaratua: WE JUST BROKE THE WORLD RECORD SHMEE: Hold my Silver Spoon 👮🏼

    ceerw butyceerw buty24 күн мурун
  • Maybe Earth is flat, thats why ? :)

    1337Turbogurke1337Turbogurke24 күн мурун