46°F
weather icon Clear

Production car blasts to record on Highway 160

Updated October 20, 2020 - 6:42 pm

A new record was set on Highway 160 for a production vehicle — this time by American hypercar company SSC North America.

The 1,750-horsepower SSC Tuatara rocketed off the line early Oct. 10 in the early morning hours along Highway 160, just east of Tecopa Road in the southbound lanes, to an average speed of 316.11 mph.

That followed two consecutive high-speed test runs of 301.07 mph and 331.15 mph, which brought it to the average speed, a release from the company stated.

The SSC Tuatara, in accordance with the record criteria, had to travel in two opposite directions within one hour to take the record for fastest production vehicle.

“It’s been ten years since we held this record with our first car, the Ultimate Aero, and the Tuatara is leagues ahead. Its performance reflects the dedication and focus with which we pursued this achievement,” said Jerod Shelby, CEO of SSC. “We came pretty close to meeting the theoretical numbers, which is astonishing to do in a real world setting on a public road. America’s new claim to victory in the ‘land-based space race’ is going to be tough to beat.”

SSC beat the previous record holder, the Koenigsegg Agera RS supercar, that swept down Highway 160 in 2017 to an average speed of 277.9 mph, reaching a top speed of 284.6 mph.

SSC is set to unveil its speed record across the globe, but kept things under wraps since making its historic run earlier this month.

The company worked with the Nevada Department of Transportation to close a seven-mile stretch of the highway for two days, just outside of Pahrump. SSC used multiple assets to film the Tuatara’s record run, including a helicopter, several drones and a subsonic T-33 jet from XM2 Pursuit.

“Officials were on site to verify all world record criteria was met — including review of Dewetron GPS measurements, which tracked the speed runs using an average of 15 satellites, and to confirm the new record,” the company’s release states.

Contact Interim Editor Jeffrey Meehan at jmeehan@pvtimes.com

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Sisolak appoints Jabbour to Nye County Commission seat

Gov. Steve Sisolak announced the appointment of Bruce Jabbour to the Nye County Commission, District 1, on Friday. Jabbour takes the seat previously held by Commissioner Elect Dick Gardner, who died on Oct. 26.

Pahrump VFW’s Toys for Tots Poker Run a rousing success

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #10054 in Pahrump is well-known for the various philanthropic works it does in the local community, and this year, the organization decided to branch out even further with a brand new endeavor, its inaugural Toys for Tots Poker Run.

Crosswalk work temporarily suspended

Construction on the newest crosswalk in the Pahrump Valley has come to a temporary halt, Nye County Public Works Director Tim Dahl informed during the Nye County Commission’s Dec. 1 meeting.

Nye preparing for first round COVID-19 vaccinations

With two major drug companies applying to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control for the authority to put their newly developed COVID-19 vaccines to use in America, Nye County is in the midst of preparing for the first round of vaccine distribution, which would target those listed in the county’s “tier 1” plan, including front-line workers such as first responders and health care workers.

Businesses, ag producers encouraged to consider REAP Grants

The application period for the 2021 Rural Energy for America Program, better known as the REAP, funding cycle is open now until March 31, 2021 and businesses in the rural parts and agricultural producers all across of the Silver State that may be eyeing future investments in renewable energy or energy efficiency upgrades are encouraged to consider the program.

Improvements ongoing at Pahrump VFW

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #10054 continues to improve its facility in Pahrump, with a recent paving project adding more space for motorcycles as well as handicap parking, according to post commander Marty Aguiar.

Letters to the Editor

Electoral College worked in the past, why not now?

Death Valley Park officials seeking public input

Officials at Death Valley National Park are seeking public feedback on proposed modifications to the Stovepipe Wells developed area in an effort to improve visitor experience, safety, and park operations.