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Jerod Shelby and eGarage introduce us to the SSC Tuatara – Click above to watch video after the jump

Jerod Shelby likes to build fast cars. In 1999, he founded Shelby Supercars and set out to produce the fastest production car in the world. On September 13th, 2007, Shelby did just that when his Ultimate Aero ran down the road at 257 miles per hour. Bugatti has since produced its Veyron Super Sport, which reclaimed the speed crown. Now, Jerod is ready with another car, which we've been hearing tidbits about for nearly a year. The new car, which was penned by Jason Castriota, has been shown off to a select few, yet no one knows just what to call the newest horse in the SSC stable.

Until now...

Say hello to the Tuatara.

It's pronounced Twu-tar-ah, and the word comes from a lizard that lives down in New Zealand. Tuatara comes from the Maori language, and means "peaks on the back." Seems like an odd choice at first, but further digging into the name reveals a bit more reasoning behind the decision. It seems the tuatara lizard is a rather unique creature, and the reptile possesses the fastest evolving DNA on the planet. Also, the Tuatara supercar features a set of rear peaks of its own, courtesy of the uniquely styled rear wings.

It took Jerod Shelby and his crew a short time to achieve what others worked did in far longer spans. Now, the SSC Tuatara is ready to push even further into the void. Thanks to our friends at eGarage, we have exclusive video of Jerod Shelby revealing the new car's name and the meaning behind it, which you can view after the jump.

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SSC Announces Name of Next Generation Supercar
WEST RICHLAND, WA (7/18/2011)

Shelby SuperCars (SSC), the American supercar manufacturer and creator of the world record breaking Ultimate Aero, is proud to introduce its latest contribution to automobile enthusiasts worldwide.

Following several years of design and development of its revolutionary new supercar, SSC has named its new car TUATARA (pronounced twu‐tar‐ah).

"The design specifications for the Next Generation SSC were so extreme; we knew early on that a proper name would be a key piece of the puzzle for this project," says Jerod Shelby, Founder, Lead Designer and CEO of SSC.

The name "Tuatara" was inspired by a modern day New Zealand reptile that bears the same name. A direct descendent of the dinosaur, this reptile's name translated from the Maori language means "peaks on the back," which is quite fitting, given the winglets on the back of the new car. While the Tuatara is a very unique creature, there was a particular property of this reptile that immediately married it with SSC. The Tuatara possesses the fastest evolving DNA in the world, and amongst the world's greatest supercar manufacturers, so does SSC.

Mr. Shelby explains, "Most manufacturers essentially use the same basic model and body shape for up to 10 years, while only making small refinements to it each year. After only three years in production with the Ultimate Aero, SSC's Tuatara is about to monumentally evolve in the areas of sophistication, design, aerodynamics and shear all‐around performance. We felt that the fastest evolving DNA was a perfect definition of SSC's latest project."

Exclusive video footage of Shelby SuperCars Founder Jerod Shelby unveiling the name of SSC's Next Generation supercar, as well as additional photos and information on the Tuatara can be found at SSC's official website: www.ShelbySuperCars.com.

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      Jon Scrivin
      • 4 Years Ago
      As a New Zealander, I can tell you that the pronunciation in both the article and video is completely incorrect. Tuatara is pronounced "too-a-ta-ra" - there's no "W" sound at all. Similarly, Jerod says it's derived from the "More-ee" language - Maori is pronounced "Ma-or-ri" - however that's less of a deal than naming your car after a something but getting the name completely wrong....v
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Jon Scrivin
        Dude, I'm American and I see no problem with pronouncing it. But there's others who have found it difficult to pronounce. I don't know why. Early in life you were taught how to read a word by sounding it out, but it seems most of these people have trouble doing that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Jon Scrivin
        Don't worry man hell be out of money and BK faster than people will ever learn to say either word right. Bullheaded about keeping your name is ok if its never been Established before. Stop riding Shelby's coat tails for a lil pub Jarod.... Change your name and the cars name. and you'll personally thank me later.
          • 4 Years Ago
          You seem to be replying in the wrong areas, and I forgive you for that. But I can't forgive you for not reading what I said above... ALL 50 examples of the Ultimate Aero TT sold out within 4 months. So saying people are going to confuse the 2 names is an ignorant statement. He's not riding anybody's coat tails. Only retards like you seem to worry about it and not the actual people who purchase these cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who gives a crap about the name.. That thing is wicked... I love the new SSC design.. and it comes sans Ford Focus headlights!! They could name it something revolting, like the "Lindsay Lohan," and I'd still drive the hell out of one..
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Lindsay Lohan: It's easy to drive but the interior will give you an adverse reaction.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I see they don't have a good PR department.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is like a lesson in hobo salesmanship. And he seriously spelled out the name of the car, while the only thing the video shows is the vehicles name. Also everyone that thought this video was a good idea at SSC should be fired. And whoever gave the final OK to put this video out, everyone in his family should be fired from their jobs as well. This way the obvious lack in decision making ability won't be readily spread to other industries.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree, the guys read the lines obviously off a teleprompter as if he was simultaneously trying to hold a **** in. Less talking + More car pictures + less of the baldy = better video.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does anybody notice the second T looks suspiciously like the Tesla logo?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Saw the Tuatara badge in the video thumbnail and was wondering whether this was some sort of co-op electric supercar project.
      Jon Scrivin
      • 4 Years Ago
      As a New Zealander, I can tell you that the pronunciation in both the article and video is completely incorrect. Tuatara is pronounced "too-a-ta-ra" - there's no "W" sound at all. Similarly, Jerod says it's derived from the "More-ee" language - Maori is pronounced "Ma-or-ri" - however that's less of a deal than naming your car after a something but getting the name completely wrong....
      Caleb Fisher
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does that look like the Tesla Motors logo to anybody?
      Tuatara Wall
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey just wanted to say my names Tuatara Wall and i'm maori , i thinks it's pretty cool to have a car with the same name, a super car at that, cant wait to see it on the road shelby, keep up the awesome work.
      Ryan Allaman
      • 4 Years Ago
      April fools! Wait, what?
      • 4 Years Ago
      "We decided to name our car the Tuatara because, unfortunately, Pagani already had the rights to the name Huayrarara."
      • 4 Years Ago
      me gusta
      • 4 Years Ago
      TOO-A-TARA you muppets, not to mention the fact he deficates on how to pronounce Maori too, its not MOORY....
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