The Dubai International Motor Show was a good one for Jerod Shelby and the SSC Tuatara. The event pulled in $13 million in pre-orders for heinously powerful supercar, far exceeding Shelby's expectations for a show that was merely supposed to show off where the Tuatara is headed. Shelby sat down with Studio One shortly after the show for a brief interview, and rather than focus on the newest creation from SSC, the show took a closer look at who Shelby is. As it turns out, the American was bitten by the speed bug at an early age, competing in national-level go-kart races from the time he was eight years old.

That early taste of challenge and competition easily translated into Shelby's desire to build a company capable of producing world-class supercars. SSC specifically engineered the company's first vehicle, the Ultimate Aero, to take the title of the fastest production car in the world from the mighty Bugatti Veyron. Shelby and SSC succeeded, sparking off a polite rivalry that carries on to this day.

Shelby even takes the time to explain the rationale behind saddling his newest creation with a name that's as difficult to pronounce as it is hard to spell. Hit the jump to check out the video for yourself as well as a brief recap of the company's experience in the Middle East.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      James Scott
      • 3 Years Ago
      Or is it his hatred of Superman that makes him tick?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why do I come to think of Koenigsegg? - The guys looks the same. - They were petrol heads since childhood. - Small company builds worlds fastest production car - Even the logo for SSC is a rip off from Koenigsegg!
        • 3 Years Ago
        So basically is what you're saying is that you're a Koenigsegg fanboy? By the way, this: Looks nothing like this: Also, SSC was far from being a "small" company. They were actually pretty well known before building the Ultimate Aero TT for building some of the highest quality Lamborghini Diablo kit cars.
          • 3 Years Ago
          No fanboy. I'm swedish. Koenigsegg is like a national treasure for us swedes. Christian started that company back in 1994 and everybody here knows about it. I meant the crest. Not the logo. Sorry for that. The crests (which I prefer to call a logo) are very alike. Basically it's probably coincidence, but it sure looked like a rip-off, which would be kind of amazing in this business.
      • 3 Years Ago
      He named the car after a google search?