Shelby SuperCars changes its name, becomes SSC North America

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 30, 2012

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.

The designers behind the record breaking Ultimate Aero are back and their new supercar promises to be just as revolutionary as their previous model.

Shelby Supercars (SSC) returns after years of planning, designing and creating something new and this time it has produced the truly extraordinary Tuatara, pronounced twu-tar-ah.

Jerod Shelby the Founder, Lead Designer and CEO of SSC said in order to deliver the best, the name had to be right.

Taking inspiration from the New Zealand reptile Tuatara has several defining characteristics. From the peaks on the rear of the car which directly relate to the name Tuatara, to being inspired by the dinosaur from which it evolved from. The Tuatara in both usages of the word is a unique animal and vehicle and much like the reptile, SSC's adaptability makes it the most versatile supercar manufacturer in the world.

Traditional manufacturers will stick with what they know, keeping the same shell, and developing it but essentially never looking beyond that. That is not our philosophy, Mr Shelby said. In just a few years, the company has evolved beyond its starting model and has developed something new and exciting which blows away all of the preconceived ideas of what a supercar should be.

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