Shelby has released some images and information about its latest Veyron-challenging supercar, the Tuatara. 

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For years the McLaren F1 held the title for the fastest car in the world, until the Bugatti Veyron arrived. Since then the title has been held by several different cars, including the Shelby SCC Ultimate Aero TT that set a top-speed record of 413km/h. This was then beaten by the Veyron Super Sport with a speed of 415km/h.

Now Shelby is going to have another try. Its weapon? The Tuatara, a car that was inspired by a reptile in New Zealand; it even bears the same name. It’s powered by a seven-litre twin-turbo V8 engine with a whopping 1350hp. This power is sent to the rear wheels only and its sent to the road via a seven-speed manual gearbox, or an optional seven-speed sequential automatic transmission. Shelby hasn’t released any performance numbers yet but this car has been built with one purpose in mind, to knock the Veyron Super Sport off its throne.

“Most manufacturers essentially use the same basic model and body shape for up to 10 years, while only making small refinements to it each year,” Jarod Shelby explained. “After only three years in production with the Ultimate Aero, SSC’s Tuatara is about to monumentally evolve in the areas of sophistication, design, aerodynamics and shear all‐around performance. We felt that the fastest evolving DNA was a perfect definition of SSC’s latest project.”