Shelby SuperCars has just smashed the world speed record for production cars, claiming a two-way top-speed average of 316 mph (508 km/h) during a test of its Tuatara hypercar in Nevada. The record was attempted along State Route 160 between Las Vegas and Pahrump, the same place Koenigsegg took its Agera RS in 2017 to try for the record previously.
The car hits a maximum velocity of 301.07 mph (484.53 km/h) on the first run but must complete a run going the opposite direction to officially set a true record. So, piloted by British racing driver Oliver Webb, the car was turned around and the pedal was put firmly to the metal for the second run, where it reached 331.15 mph (532.93 km/h). The average of the two runs came out to 316.11 mph (508.73 km/h), destroying the unofficial record set most recently by the Bugatti Chiron (which only did the run in one direction, anyway). These are the 10 quickest cars you can buy today. Obviously, the car is extremely aerodynamic, with a drag coefficient of just 0.279, while the motivation is supplied by a Nelson Racing Engines 5.9-litre flat-plane-crank V8 producing 1,750 horsepower, obviously more than enough to move the carbon-fiber-clad car, which weighs only 1,247 kg.