Shelby SuperCars has released images and video depicting a rendering of the interior of its forthcoming Tuatara. The company says that designers have worked to integrate some of the vehicle's exterior elements into the cockpit, which is why we're guessing the cabin is littered with perforations. The driver will be treated to a glass gauge cluster that relies on Pico projectors to display pertinent information like speed and engine rpm. The tech functions similarly to heads up displays on vehicles like the Chevrolet Corvette. The right side of the cluster depicts current gear selection along with a shift-indicator tree while the left side fields any other practical information.



Interestingly, the passenger will also be provided a set of screens with a variety of information, including current speed, engine speed or horsepower at any given time. The company says that the effort makes riding shotgun more of a co-pilot experience. In addition, a large touch screen in the center console takes care of most creature comfort and entertainment settings, though the vehicle still relies on honest tactile buttons for more critical systems like traction control and drive modes. Follow the jump to see the video for yourself.


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      Xedicon
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm sorry, I really am, but I just CAN'T get past the integrated truck nuts designed into the rear of this car. I really really hope they reconsider that part of the design, it really ruins an otherwise beautiful machine.
      Speed-Driven
      • 3 Years Ago
      Where does a relatively small company like SSC get the budget to take on such a relative modern supercar project. AND hire Jason Castriotta to designe it too?
        Autoblogist
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Speed-Driven
        1. They started from the ground up with a kit like supercar and gradually worked out the kinks. 2.They got recognition for being the fastest production car on the planet. 3. Jay Leno's gave them credibility by testing the SSC Aero(more recogniton) 4. Super rich sheiks 5..Venture capitalist that see potential. then invested. All these help to sell the original Aero and pique the interest for investors to back a new car.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Autoblogist
          Actually, SSC started out as a Lamborghini Diablo kit car manufacturer. That's why when you look at the Ultimate Aero, you'll see a lot of Diablo cues in its design.
      TheStagg
      • 3 Years Ago
      7 speed manual is that you? and i hope it maintains the shape and looks of the concept ... it's absolutely goregous
      imag
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thank you, SSC, for showing a bit of innovation in design. People all ripped on the Countach, too, when it came out. This is definitely a design revolution in that vein. The primary heads-up displays make sense. The interior mostly works with the car. I have to say, though, that the little winglet displays are just a bit too overwrought. They look flimsy inside the car, and without any aerodynamic purpose, are ill-fitting shadows of the very-cool exterior wings. Give the passenger a simple HUD; I think it will wear better, and they will be much happier. The center console does have the potential to be a major reflection problem; assume that's been worked out somehow. Otherwise, screw the haters. We need a bit of freshness in automotive design, and it's nice to see it coming from the US.
      Autoblogist
      • 3 Years Ago
      Interesting, this could be one of the coolest interiors in a long time or a complete fail. Hard to tell until it's actually tangible. One thing I already love is the 7-speed gated transmission. Traditional European supercars have almost lost their passion for nice feeling gearbox. It's all about miliseconds now, driving experience be damned.
      FriskyDingo
      • 3 Years Ago
      That interior is absolutely horrid. Are they serious??
      nicad2006
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just want to give some back story to this interior. It was originally conceived as a design competition by SSC and the GrabCAD community, see here http://grabcad.com/challenges/shelby-needs-your-input-on-their-latest-supercar-tuataras-interior . Jerod Shelby chose this design from Sasank as the winning design, I placed 5th. If you want to check out some of the entries, follow the above link.
        illnever tell
        • 3 Years Ago
        @nicad2006
        Thanks for the background. It sounds like you ran out of time on your entry but I definitely feel it had strong potential for refinement. Good job. Were any non-3D renderings accepted? I didn't read the rules.
          nicad2006
          • 3 Years Ago
          @illnever tell
          No, only 3D renders were accepted.
      Krishan Mistry
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is it a good idea to end that video with a direct shot of the Tuatara's rather well equipped exhaust testicles? Hell Yeah! This is one of the most forward thinking interior and exterior supercar concept designs I have ever seen. Based on the looks alone, Id say it was 10 years from the future. Yet it still has a big V8, and thus instantly cool. I do have some questions though. The projector display panel says 275mph (which is not impossible with rumoured 1350 hp), but also OVER 9000!!!!! RPM? That would be frikkin amazing for a big turbo V8 engine, especially if power peaked at that RPM and not at 6-7k with a few thousand useless rpm to the redline. But more importantly, how would you even comprehend that digital tachometer when you floor it? Those 4 digits would flash by like a hyper slot machine, and the mph gague wouldnt be much slower. Much better to have an analogue tach, easier to make out. I don't mind the digital speedometer, that is easier to comprehend.
      devs1980
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh yeah, and tuatara appears to have the word "****" in it when you say it out loud. I'd have been sent out of the room at school and got a detention for that...
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @devs1980
        If you pronounced it right, you wouldn't have gotten detention... too-ah-tah-rah
      rbrtkyte
      • 3 Years Ago
      You can "plop" that interior in my Cobra anytime Carrol lol
        Tom
        • 3 Years Ago
        @rbrtkyte
        FYI...Shelby Supercars is not Carrol Shelby...nor is he any relation.
      CRAZY_AZZ_MAN
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ok, nobody else is going to say it, so I will. Most of the people complaining about the looks of this car, will never be able to afford itr! A lot of people complained about the Pagani Huayra, but I doubt they aren't selling well. Some folks just need something to complain about. When there last model had conservative styling, many complained that it looked to "generic" to be a super car. Now that they have created something totally different and unique, people are still complaining. I tell you what, why don't some of you "back-seat designers" give SSC a call, and explain how YOU can do a better job than Jason Castriota, you ungrateful rascals you!
        Oceanblue78
        • 3 Years Ago
        @CRAZY_AZZ_MAN
        So people are only allowed to have opinions on things they can afford?
      Tabs Luther
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dear god PLEASE dont let it look like that!!!! SSC, want me to design an interior FOR YOU? This looks like it belongs in one of their "other" cars...
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