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:
SSC Tuatara vs Koenigsegg Agera RS head to head video:
Start location for the run:
Oli Webb confirming 6th gear for the run:
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
Thanks for watching, Tim
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  • charlie collins
    charlie collinsGodzinę temu

    Hey shmee watch the start of the video and without the car moving it’s doing 12 mph

  • Ar Fa
    Ar Fa15 godzin temu

    SSC is slower while being faster because the earth is flat.

  • Luke Dawson
    Luke Dawson4 dni temu

    Look at the time taken to reach the 200mph mark then see how fast the 300mph mark came along... what happens to aerodynamics before 200mph that make acceleration slower than above 200mph?

  • Dead Lee
    Dead Lee5 dni temu

    what if the computer is the one faking it

  • Pigmalion Trading
    Pigmalion Trading7 dni temu

    Great Great Analysis

  • Den Connor
    Den Connor12 dni temu

    Hi! I didn't expect such an investigation!

  • Faithful God
    Faithful God12 dni temu

    Thanks alot for this great analysis and great intellectual display

  • Bil King
    Bil King15 dni temu

    Thank you

  • Bruno-pierre Goulet
    Bruno-pierre Goulet15 dni temu

    I'm a huge fan of cars..sport and hypercar..but got check .. Thestradman...he went in the car ..for a spin... 5th gear get to 240mph at arounnd 7200rpm... The car go faster then 244 in 5th that for sure :)

  • Pranav P
    Pranav P16 dni temu

    The joke here is, if they had just said that they did 280 miles/hour, they still beat the official record and be the world’s fastest production car

  • PixersKev Production
    PixersKev Production16 dni temu


  • PixersKev Production
    PixersKev Production16 dni temu


  • 3Vimages
    3Vimages18 dni temu

    People trust Christian Koenigsegg and the likes of Bugatti, etc. Shelby is also a legendary name in motor racing ...... that of course was Carroll Shelby .... not the lying cheat Jerod Shelby who is the owner of this car crash, bullshit, lying shitheads of a company. Carroll is no relation to Jerod. I hope no one buys the faux Tuatara ..... which evidently is an old Cherokee word for lying bastard.

  • GeoAndro
    GeoAndro18 dni temu

    Very Nice Video Shmee. I enjoyed it. Regards from Greece.

  • Daniel Solis Rodriguez
    Daniel Solis Rodriguez19 dni temu

    what car maker, specially a hypercar one, in the world!!! makes a fake video!!! even the driver, sees to be relaxed, saying like he drive that speed before over and over again!!! but that relaxe, is fictional, when you get that speed, you dont curve your neck to front no, you get back, because the speed is g force and there the only clue we have to say, this, is no more, than other freacking americal agresive style comercial

  • Zoltán Nagy
    Zoltán Nagy20 dni temu

    SSC: We are the fastest!!! SHMEE: Hold my chocolate milk!

    F1NLAND21 dzień temu

    He’s smiling but he looks incredibly angry.

  • Angelo
    Angelo23 dni temu

    What’s sad is that SSC could have simply made this car as is and it would have sold fairly well. 280mph is still an impressive number only a few cars are capable of. It’s such a beautiful design as well. Such a shame they decided to lie about the top speed.

  • James Dolan
    James Dolan25 dni temu

    Who else is here from the TikTok?

  • kushal B
    kushal B26 dni temu

    Anyways they already got their publicity now...

  • Brandon Knight
    Brandon Knight26 dni temu

    Case closed now for sure, he lied

  • Thomas Hubacher
    Thomas Hubacher26 dni temu

    Hi Tim, just an idea here. If Jerod Shelby has difficulties to measure speed with GPS, why doesn't he just give a step back and measure speed with some photo cells along the track? I don't understand his difficulty. Cheers! My name is Tom aka Tiguapore.

  • Mathen Maran
    Mathen Maran28 dni temu


  • Vinícius C M
    Vinícius C M29 dni temu

    Lord Shmee!

  • Society needs a system update
    Society needs a system updateMiesiąc temu

    Like the moon landing math and science exposes another lie.

  • Stan Torren

    Stan Torren

    11 dni temu

    Mate you made a fool of yourself. Maths and science PROVES the moon landing was real. On the other hand, it proves this speed run is fake

  • Pete Rivero
    Pete RiveroMiesiąc temu

    They should have sectioning body controlling standards of timing like salts flats.

  • Bugs 2.0
    Bugs 2.0Miesiąc temu

    There is upcoming car by Bugatti in future with speed 650-700mph /kph

  • Zeus m84
    Zeus m84Miesiąc temu

    Don't be jealous bro, if it was Aston Martin you'd be all over there nuts

  • JDM Virgins Media

    JDM Virgins Media

    7 dni temu

    Jealous? He’s debunking the fake speed record. Don’t deny evidence.

  • Car Stuff
    Car StuffMiesiąc temu

    Nice catch.

  • Petty Pendergrass
    Petty PendergrassMiesiąc temu

    i love your restraint. i would have just called them liars. no hunting for soft words, no regard for feelings. [My Opening Statements if this were my Video] 'Let me Tell y'all About some Liars!'

  • Sparkle pup Man
    Sparkle pup ManMiesiąc temu

    You gonna be at the second run?

  • Zack
    ZackMiesiąc temu

    i'm glad shmee decided to torque about it

  • dark ages
    dark agesMiesiąc temu

    Tuatara takes close to 10 seconds to accelerate from 250mph to 300mph. It seems to be impossible for the given specs.

  • dark ages
    dark agesMiesiąc temu

    The 250mph to 300mph acceleration of the SSC is unbelievable (aka fake). If the SSC could accelerate like that at those speeds, it would be an even bigger accomplishment than going above 300 mph.

  • J Bettis
    J BettisMiesiąc temu

    great explanations. If only this level of explanation for people would don't believe Covid-19 precautions are necessary.

  • AndrewLand YT
    AndrewLand YTMiesiąc temu


  • Rapheal Wood
    Rapheal WoodMiesiąc temu

    Yeah well I have to say way to call it! Great video, the facts don't lie!

  • Dr: Monster
    Dr: MonsterMiesiąc temu

    The perfect car for Joe Biden

  • Женя Кулешов
    Женя КулешовMiesiąc temu

    Koenigsegg the BEST☝

  • Hocus Pocus
    Hocus PocusMiesiąc temu

    i like your voice its very calming :)

  • Daniel Vanackere
    Daniel VanackereMiesiąc temu

    40 miles quicker is impossible but your equasion is faulty

  • Fabrice Robin
    Fabrice RobinMiesiąc temu

    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.

  • Ben Calvin
    Ben CalvinMiesiąc temu

    Lol SSC sucks

  • Roger Barraud
    Roger BarraudMiesiąc temu

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

  • Jerry 2222x30
    Jerry 2222x30Miesiąc temu

    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

  • j wayneair
    j wayneairMiesiąc temu

    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.

  • Pagan Min

    Pagan Min

    Miesiąc temu

    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.

  • BitPebble
    BitPebbleMiesiąc temu

    His body language, speech and overall presentation improved so much from his earlier videos.

  • PerformancePete
    PerformancePeteMiesiąc temu

    Shelby.........come out to playay!!!!!!

  • LD Reacon
    LD ReaconMiesiąc temu

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

  • xGolden x Viper
    xGolden x ViperMiesiąc temu

    Is he british??? I'm just curious

  • Danilo Ricardo do Valle Ribeiro
    Danilo Ricardo do Valle RibeiroMiesiąc temu

    Just like the man on the moon, a hoax!

  • Stan Torren

    Stan Torren

    11 dni temu

    This one is a hoax, the moon landing isn’t. Your intelligence is a hoax though

  • Elvis Car Reviews
    Elvis Car ReviewsMiesiąc temu

    Welcome to the FBI

  • 233Runner
    233RunnerMiesiąc temu

    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!

  • Dave Singh
    Dave Singh2 miesięcy temu

    Exposing the deceivers .

  • msductant
    msductant2 miesięcy temu


  • Jonas Larsson

    Jonas Larsson

    Miesiąc temu

    @E K Why would it make sense?

  • E K

    E K

    Miesiąc temu

    Is it really that hard to write in English so it makes sense?

  • Jonas Larsson

    Jonas Larsson

    Miesiąc temu

    Go get a TDS test kit.

  • Draig 005
    Draig 0052 miesięcy temu

    I guess it 331kmph rather than 331mph, 🤣🤣🤣thy just swapped the units

  • Jonas Larsson

    Jonas Larsson

    Miesiąc temu

    1.46 factor, not 1.608

  • 777
    7772 miesięcy temu

    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 PLclip lol

  • Skander Seyhi
    Skander Seyhi2 miesięcy temu

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

  • Paul Palm
    Paul Palm2 miesięcy temu

    was zur Hölle ist mit deiner Stimme Los!?!?!

  • Private Email
    Private Email2 miesięcy temu

    Great work Shmee! Now you need to solve how Biden won the election.

  • Teh angry bird 345
    Teh angry bird 3452 miesięcy temu

    The car may have had a glitch and the speedometer read the wrong speed, hey you never know

  • Luyanda Nxumalo
    Luyanda Nxumalo2 miesięcy temu

    The Math adds up 280

  • Jonas Larsson

    Jonas Larsson

    Miesiąc temu


  • Luyanda Nxumalo
    Luyanda Nxumalo2 miesięcy temu

    🤔🤔🤔🤔 I don't know man

  • Colin Harris
    Colin Harris2 miesięcy temu

    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.

  • Pro Crastinator
    Pro Crastinator2 miesięcy temu

    They redid that entire hwy in the last couple years- changed grades and all

  • Pro Crastinator

    Pro Crastinator

    2 miesięcy temu

    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 Crastinator

    Pro Crastinator

    2 miesięcy temu

    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 Crastinator

    Pro Crastinator

    2 miesięcy temu

    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

  • Nico C.
    Nico C.2 miesięcy temu

    Sorry. Bollocks. Complete. Full. Stop.

  • Jonas Larsson

    Jonas Larsson

    Miesiąc temu

    It ran 250.

  • GT3 rs
    GT3 rs2 miesięcy temu

    Shmerlock 150

  • Jonas Larsson

    Jonas Larsson

    Miesiąc temu

    It’s widely known it ran 250.

  • Hazim Salli
    Hazim Salli2 miesięcy temu

    ما نروملك المحلل 😂😂

  • Tech Studio
    Tech Studio2 miesięcy temu

    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

  • spontane ous
    spontane ous2 miesięcy temu

    *Your faster than tuatara,,* 🗣🚀⚡

  • Claud Reindl
    Claud Reindl2 miesięcy temu

    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!

  • Ailsa Ni

    Ailsa Ni

    2 miesięcy temu


  • Roger Kőller
    Roger Kőller2 miesięcy temu

    What height did the Worldwide record take place

  • Ailsa Ni

    Ailsa Ni

    2 miesięcy temu

    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.

  • Trader Lincoln Mitchell
    Trader Lincoln Mitchell2 miesięcy temu

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

  • Trebor Sllaw
    Trebor Sllaw2 miesięcy temu

    I don't understand anything I heard here but I do feel smarter as if I'd stayed at an Holiday Inn Express now.

  • Leo Mathlein
    Leo Mathlein2 miesięcy temu

    Love this style of vid!

  • soiung toiue
    soiung toiue2 miesięcy temu

    lie until they couldn't.

  • qopoy dnon

    qopoy dnon

    2 miesięcy temu

    They used the Donald Trump truth, so it's a lie.

  • MC Babinos
    MC Babinos2 miesięcy temu

    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.

  • kolim jone

    kolim jone

    2 miesięcy temu

    My respect for Shmee has drastically risen! 👍

  • hyper 200 1
    hyper 200 12 miesięcy temu

    Don't they have professional out there to make sure it true, I would like them to run another one to show

  • Stan Torren

    Stan Torren

    11 dni temu

    They have and the engine had problems

  • qopoy dnon

    qopoy dnon

    2 miesięcy temu

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

  • Philippe TANG
    Philippe TANG2 miesięcy temu

    Science biatch!

  • soiung toiue

    soiung toiue

    2 miesięcy temu

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

  • Trev Logie
    Trev Logie2 miesięcy temu

    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 Logie
    Trev Logie2 miesięcy temu

    Nice one, Tim!

  • James Pugh
    James Pugh2 miesięcy temu

    Tim keep digging. Why these companies pay attention

  • bcvbb hyui
    bcvbb hyui2 miesięcy temu

    Trust an American car company to bring some of that Hollywood magic to the world record for production car top speed 🤩

  • Joseph Richards
    Joseph Richards2 miesięcy temu

    Shmee is a man of integrity. No 1 should question him.

  • AndyRhye
    AndyRhye2 miesięcy temu

    Koenigsegg: 'STOP THE COUNT!'

  • Martin Bevis
    Martin Bevis2 miesięcy temu

    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.

  • bcvbb hyui

    bcvbb hyui

    2 miesięcy temu

    "Because speed and time is relative"

  • Charley Horse
    Charley Horse2 miesięcy temu

    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.

  • EAC Entertainment Channel
    EAC Entertainment Channel2 miesięcy temu

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

  • Donvito Camote
    Donvito Camote2 miesięcy temu

    Guess it's not the only thing the US is faking this year

  • Ailsa Ni
    Ailsa Ni2 miesięcy temu

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

  • 505197
    5051972 miesięcy temu

    They used the Donald Trump truth, so it's a lie.

  • truegrite
    truegrite2 miesięcy temu

    My respect for Shmee has drastically risen! 👍

  • sehhi vooty
    sehhi vooty2 miesięcy temu

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

  • Ailsa Ni

    Ailsa Ni

    2 miesięcy temu

    Great investigative work Shmee, are you available to help the US media learn some investigative techniques and curiosity?

  • nickacelvn
    nickacelvn2 miesięcy temu

    Hi guys I'm Nick and NO is the answer we all came for. There I saved you 20 mins your welcome

  • dart
    dart2 miesięcy temu

    I love how the CEO of tuatarra looks EXACTLY like Christian Von Koenigsegg 😂

  • B4silisk


    2 miesięcy temu

    Fun fact: Ceo of SSC and Christian Von Koenigsegg actually know each other

  • adam ali

    adam ali

    2 miesięcy temu

    They look like brothers

  • Kim Bryan Ysibido
    Kim Bryan Ysibido2 miesięcy temu


  • sehhi vooty

    sehhi vooty

    2 miesięcy temu

    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

  • nemesis prime
    nemesis prime2 miesięcy temu

    what is your engineering background?and why are you whining about this😂😂🤣

  • Cyvan


    2 miesięcy temu

    what is YOUR engineering background?and why are you commenting about this😂😂🤣

  • Nunya Business
    Nunya Business2 miesięcy temu

    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

  • Oswal Hernández
    Oswal Hernández2 miesięcy temu

    Who in their right mind will pull their deposit on a Bugatti to get into a not so relevant brand.

  • Muhammad Ramadhan
    Muhammad Ramadhan2 miesięcy temu

    "Because speed and time is relative"