SSC North America is the new name of sportscar maker Shelby SuperCars. Founder Jerod Shelby agreed to remove his family name from the name of the company under a settlement reached with Carroll Shelby Licensing and its corporate parent Carroll Shelby International.
SSC North America is based in southeastern Washington State. Jerod Shelby and Carroll Shelby are not related. Carroll Shelby used to be a racecar driver for Ford but is now a famous sports-car builder who has been regarded as an expert in motorsport and high-performance automobiles for the past several decades.
Last year, SSC presented the Tuatara concept, which succeeds the SSC Ultimate Aero and the car that Jerod Shelby believes will beat the Bugatti Veyron to reclaim the title of fastest car in the world. The Tuatara was named for a lizard in New Zealand by Jason Castriota, a former design chief at Bertone and Saab.
Powering the car is a mid-mounted, twin-turbocharged 7.0-liter V8 that delivers about 1,350hp. The rear wheels are driven by either a either a conventional seven-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed sequential box with paddle shifters. The car is equipped with a carbon-fiber body covered in carbon subframes and aluminum crash structures. The wheels are also built of carbon fiber.