From the Tuatara’s extremely low drag coefficient of 0.279 to the staggering power output of 1,750hp, the engineering approach of SSC North America was focused and methodical.
To achieve such stellar result, every component in the car must work at its best.
One key component are the wheels. For that, SSC North America looked to Forgeline Motorsports for an answer.
Forgeline, in partnership with renowned carbon wheel manufacturer, Dymag, offered its carbon+forged series wheels.
Based on Forgeline’s CF201 wheels, they use a 6061-T6 forged, proprietary alloy centre, coupled with Dymag’s patented carbon fibre barrels engineered to offer the rigidity and durability needed to perform at the peak of hypercar performance.
“The revolutionary Carbon+Forged wheels offer the most unique combination of strength and lightweight attributes in the industry,” said Forgeline president Dave Schardt.
“Driving at 331mph (532.69kph) on a relatively narrow road requires high wheel stability, tight manufacturing and assembly tolerances, high wheel and rim stiffness so allowing the driver to remain in complete control and have the confidence to push the Tuatara to its ultimate limits,” said Dymag CEO Chris Shelley.
“Our wheels have been tested in the lab, on track, and on road under extreme conditions.”
If not for crosswinds, the Tuatara could have gone faster, said Oliver Webb, who drove the car to a world record.
“There was definitely more in there,” said Webb.
“And with better conditions, I know we could have gone faster. As I approached 331 mph, the Tuatara climbed almost 20 mph (32.19kph) within the last five seconds. It was still pulling well. The crosswinds are all that prevented us from realising the car’s limit.”