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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:
uztop.info/my/video/g2Rkg8mAesqkYps
SSC Tuatara vs Koenigsegg Agera RS head to head video:
uztop.info/my/video/hX6hf66VepjbeJ8
Start location for the run:
goo.gl/maps/6ZzK3ZCppWJZqoxL6
Oli Webb confirming 6th gear for the run:
uztop.info/my/video/l52Hrrtnhq23lqM
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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  1. xGolden x Viper

    xGolden x Viper

    11 soat oldin

    Is he british??? I'm just curious

  2. brin kee

    brin kee

    13 soat oldin

    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.

  3. Danilo Ricardo do Valle Ribeiro

    Danilo Ricardo do Valle Ribeiro

    13 soat oldin

    Just like the man on the moon, a hoax!

  4. Elvis Car Reviews

    Elvis Car Reviews

    Kun oldin

    Welcome to the FBI

  5. 233Runner

    233Runner

    Kun oldin

    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!

  6. Dave Singh

    Dave Singh

    Kun oldin

    Exposing the deceivers .

  7. msductant

    msductant

    2 kun oldin

    DONALD TRUMP SPREAD THE LIES DISEASE IN AMERICA GOT AMERICAN COMPANIES TO THINK ITS OK TO LIE SOME ONES ALWAYS GOING TO FACT CHECK

  8. Draig 005

    Draig 005

    2 kun oldin

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

  9. 777

    777

    2 kun oldin

    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 UZtop lol

  10. Skander Seyhi

    Skander Seyhi

    3 kun oldin

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

  11. Paul Palm

    Paul Palm

    3 kun oldin

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

  12. Private Email

    Private Email

    3 kun oldin

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

  13. Teh angry bird 345

    Teh angry bird 345

    5 kun oldin

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

  14. Luyanda Nxumalo

    Luyanda Nxumalo

    5 kun oldin

    The Math adds up 280

  15. Luyanda Nxumalo

    Luyanda Nxumalo

    5 kun oldin

    🤔🤔🤔🤔 I don't know man

  16. Colin Harris

    Colin Harris

    5 kun oldin

    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.

  17. Dan Smulders

    Dan Smulders

    5 kun oldin

    My 79 VW Rabbit just did 420mph, on rainbow road. Fight me if you don’t believe it.

  18. Pro Crastinator

    Pro Crastinator

    5 kun oldin

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

    • Pro Crastinator

      Pro Crastinator

      5 kun oldin

      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.

    • Dan Smulders

      Dan Smulders

      5 kun oldin

      @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.

    • Pro Crastinator

      Pro Crastinator

      5 kun oldin

      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

      5 kun oldin

      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

    • Dan Smulders

      Dan Smulders

      5 kun oldin

      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?

  19. Nico C.

    Nico C.

    6 kun oldin

    Sorry. Bollocks. Complete. Full. Stop.

  20. GT3 rs

    GT3 rs

    6 kun oldin

    Shmerlock 150

  21. handsome dan

    handsome dan

    6 kun oldin

    This is one of the best youtube channels on youtube, Shmee is a great man

  22. Hazim Salli

    Hazim Salli

    6 kun oldin

    ما نروملك المحلل 😂😂

  23. Tech Studio

    Tech Studio

    7 kun oldin

    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

  24. spontane ous

    spontane ous

    7 kun oldin

    *Your faster than tuatara,,* 🗣🚀⚡

  25. Dee Gee

    Dee Gee

    7 kun oldin

    I smell something fishy.

  26. Claud Reindl

    Claud Reindl

    7 kun oldin

    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

      7 kun oldin

      impossible.

  27. Roger Kőller

    Roger Kőller

    7 kun oldin

    What height did the Worldwide record take place

    • Ailsa Ni

      Ailsa Ni

      7 kun oldin

      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.

  28. Trader Lincoln Mitchell

    Trader Lincoln Mitchell

    8 kun oldin

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

  29. Trebor Sllaw

    Trebor Sllaw

    8 kun oldin

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

  30. Leo Mathlein

    Leo Mathlein

    8 kun oldin

    Love this style of vid!

  31. soiung toiue

    soiung toiue

    9 kun oldin

    lie until they couldn't.

    • qopoy dnon

      qopoy dnon

      7 kun oldin

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

  32. MC Babinos

    MC Babinos

    9 kun oldin

    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

      8 kun oldin

      My respect for Shmee has drastically risen! 👍

  33. hyper 200 1

    hyper 200 1

    9 kun oldin

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

    • qopoy dnon

      qopoy dnon

      7 kun oldin

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

  34. Philippe TANG

    Philippe TANG

    9 kun oldin

    Science biatch!

    • soiung toiue

      soiung toiue

      9 kun oldin

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

  35. Trev Logie

    Trev Logie

    9 kun oldin

    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.

  36. Trev Logie

    Trev Logie

    9 kun oldin

    Nice one, Tim!

  37. James Pugh

    James Pugh

    10 kun oldin

    Tim keep digging. Why these companies pay attention

  38. bcvbb hyui

    bcvbb hyui

    10 kun oldin

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

  39. Joseph Richards

    Joseph Richards

    10 kun oldin

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

  40. AndyRhye

    AndyRhye

    10 kun oldin

    Koenigsegg: 'STOP THE COUNT!'

  41. Martin Bevis

    Martin Bevis

    10 kun oldin

    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

      10 kun oldin

      "Because speed and time is relative"

  42. Charley Horse

    Charley Horse

    10 kun oldin

    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.

  43. EAC Entertainment Channel

    EAC Entertainment Channel

    11 kun oldin

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

  44. Donvito Camote

    Donvito Camote

    11 kun oldin

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

  45. Ailsa Ni

    Ailsa Ni

    11 kun oldin

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

  46. 505197

    505197

    11 kun oldin

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

  47. truegrite

    truegrite

    12 kun oldin

    My respect for Shmee has drastically risen! 👍

  48. sehhi vooty

    sehhi vooty

    12 kun oldin

    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

      11 kun oldin

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

  49. nickacelvn

    nickacelvn

    12 kun oldin

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

  50. dart

    dart

    12 kun oldin

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

    • B4silisk

      B4silisk

      7 kun oldin

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

    • adam ali

      adam ali

      7 kun oldin

      They look like brothers

  51. Kim Bryan Ysibido

    Kim Bryan Ysibido

    13 kun oldin

    Wow

    • sehhi vooty

      sehhi vooty

      12 kun oldin

      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

  52. nemesis prime

    nemesis prime

    13 kun oldin

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

    • Cyvan

      Cyvan

      10 kun oldin

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

  53. Nunya Business

    Nunya Business

    13 kun oldin

    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

  54. Oswal Hernández

    Oswal Hernández

    13 kun oldin

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

  55. Muhammad Ramadhan

    Muhammad Ramadhan

    13 kun oldin

    "Because speed and time is relative"

  56. ShionShinigami

    ShionShinigami

    13 kun oldin

    Awesome work, Shmee!!!

  57. TheGaminPowerhouse

    TheGaminPowerhouse

    13 kun oldin

    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

  58. guglje kurac

    guglje kurac

    13 kun oldin

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

  59. bcvbb hyui

    bcvbb hyui

    13 kun oldin

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

  60. gvelez389

    gvelez389

    14 kun oldin

    Great Scott! Could you imagine buying this hypercar 🤑 only to find it's not all that hyper🙍‍♂️

    • Tim B

      Tim B

      13 kun oldin

      Well, it’s Hyperbole

  61. Rock girl

    Rock girl

    14 kun oldin

    Shmee what have you done. Now you have to go into witness protection.

  62. Andrew Prichard

    Andrew Prichard

    14 kun oldin

    The ceo called you out lol

    • bcvbb hyui

      bcvbb hyui

      13 kun oldin

      Just rename it the TRUMPatura. All good then.

  63. Bigmoguls

    Bigmoguls

    14 kun oldin

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

  64. Sahl Hafij

    Sahl Hafij

    14 kun oldin

    UPDATE: They plane on doing another run.

  65. Alejandro González

    Alejandro González

    14 kun oldin

    i think, SSC it's falling into the same problem as Devel's Sixteen...

    • Rock girl

      Rock girl

      14 kun oldin

      SSC : In your face Bugatti . We're the record holder . Shmee : Oh really ?🤨 SSC : Oh Sh*t , run

  66. Dmitri Konnov

    Dmitri Konnov

    14 kun oldin

    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.

  67. xuartema

    xuartema

    14 kun oldin

    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 holder (2017 Koenigsegg Agera RS) which was heavier, less powerful (1350 hp vs 1750 hp) and less aerodynamic. Simple logic.

    • Cyvan

      Cyvan

      10 kun oldin

      ^ a good example of blatant ignorance, you are.

  68. CB Super-Bikes

    CB Super-Bikes

    14 kun oldin

    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?

  69. nakternal

    nakternal

    15 kun oldin

    President Trump said it broke the record so it’s real. Case closed, Murica!

  70. Shaolin master

    Shaolin master

    15 kun oldin

    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)

  71. Gary Shook

    Gary Shook

    15 kun oldin

    Only the salty Europeans would try to find something wrong with anything the Americans do.

    • Cyvan

      Cyvan

      10 kun oldin

      because there is always something wrong with anything muricans do ;)

  72. AmeriGerman Garage

    AmeriGerman Garage

    15 kun oldin

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

  73. ItalianDragon

    ItalianDragon

    15 kun oldin

    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.

  74. Dark 444

    Dark 444

    15 kun oldin

    Buggati crying in background

  75. qopoy dnon

    qopoy dnon

    15 kun oldin

    Tuataratuaratua: WE JUST BROKE THE WORLD RECORD SHMEE: Hold my Silver Spoon 👮🏼

  76. Blackline Transportation

    Blackline Transportation

    15 kun oldin

    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.

  77. Jon Clarke

    Jon Clarke

    15 kun oldin

    Just rename it the TRUMPatura. All good then.

  78. Mr. P1

    Mr. P1

    15 kun oldin

    I actually didn’t mentioned that but yes its not real

    • qopoy dnon

      qopoy dnon

      15 kun oldin

      SSC: Super scammer company

  79. Mr Noh

    Mr Noh

    15 kun oldin

    Acceleration is not linear, it got curves. An exponential profile

  80. balungile madiba

    balungile madiba

    15 kun oldin

    SSC : In your face Bugatti . We're the record holder . Shmee : Oh really ?🤨 SSC : Oh Sh*t , run

  81. YUSKHAN

    YUSKHAN

    15 kun oldin

    AmeriKa can't built a decent car 😂😂😂 🇺🇸=💩💩💩

  82. Gods Desypl

    Gods Desypl

    15 kun oldin

    Disappointing if the calculations are all correct.

  83. Md Hm Sakil

    Md Hm Sakil

    16 kun oldin

    Ssc tuatara is not a car but a jet. Just with car body.

  84. Grizzly Reaper

    Grizzly Reaper

    16 kun oldin

    Why not ask his friends Ollie Web?

  85. segmentkings.com

    segmentkings.com

    16 kun oldin

    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

  86. iPlay

    iPlay

    16 kun oldin

    Shelby-gate

  87. Drone Flight

    Drone Flight

    16 kun oldin

    I believe it because it would not be on the internet if it was not true

    • Neovis Heng

      Neovis Heng

      15 kun oldin

      Nonsense.

  88. Jack Rees

    Jack Rees

    16 kun oldin

    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 🤣🤣

  89. Aaron Glasser

    Aaron Glasser

    16 kun oldin

    How can it always be going faster then its average speed? thats impossible

  90. ceerw buty

    ceerw buty

    16 kun oldin

    Tuataratuaratua: WE JUST BROKE THE WORLD RECORD SHMEE: Hold my Silver Spoon 👮🏼

  91. 1337Turbogurke

    1337Turbogurke

    16 kun oldin

    Maybe Earth is flat, thats why ? :)

  92. Anuraag Tiwari

    Anuraag Tiwari

    16 kun oldin

    Brilliant work! Kudos on catching this, brilliant analysis.

  93. Tyrone Gregory Albutra

    Tyrone Gregory Albutra

    16 kun oldin

    SSC: Super scammer company

  94. LUP DENIS

    LUP DENIS

    16 kun oldin

    Ssc tuatara:Hey i set 331 mph Koenigsegg jesko absolut:Hold my cup

    • LUP DENIS

      LUP DENIS

      16 kun oldin

      @ceerw buty the Koenigsegg jesko absolut is fasster than ssc tuatara for sure

    • ceerw buty

      ceerw buty

      16 kun oldin

      We don’t know the gear ratio in the rear end, is that not quite significant?

  95. Abdul Yasser Sumbag

    Abdul Yasser Sumbag

    17 kun oldin

    Hennessy Venom GT : Oh? 500km/h? That's it?

  96. john goti

    john goti

    17 kun oldin

    im confused by Bugatti that goes 490km/h but 538km/h i dont belive

  97. suihpro M orphius

    suihpro M orphius

    17 kun oldin

    Alright Hennessy F5 its your turn to hit 300+ 😈😈

  98. Amit Doraha

    Amit Doraha

    17 kun oldin

    Who came here after buggati’s new release

  99. Asthmatic Fish

    Asthmatic Fish

    17 kun oldin

    294 mph in 6th gear is the stock gearing, they could’ve tuned the gearing more so that they could get as much speed out of the gears as possible

  100. Tim Hodgson

    Tim Hodgson

    17 kun oldin

    Absolutely brilliant video.

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