It looks like American supercar builder SSC is finally getting ready to start construction of its new factory in West Richland, WA. Planning for the facility to build the Tuatara (pictured above) goes back to at least 2011, but, according to the local Tri-City Herald, a delay in funding is the cause for the setback.

Now, things finally appear to be back on track. Construction is scheduled for August with completion in early 2015, according to the report. However, it will be several months after that before deliveries will begin. With approximately 40,000 square feet of floor space, SSC will be able to finish one car a month at first with production ramping up later.

The planned Tuatara supercar packs a claimed 1,350 horsepower and 1,280 pound-feet of torque, allowing a prototype model reached 200 miles per hour in an impressive 16 seconds. Deliveries were slated to begin by January 2014. SSC originally made its name with the Ultimate Aero that grabbed headlines by taking the Guinness record as the world's fastest production car, at least for a time. Autoblog reached out to SSC for more information on the new factory and its future plans, and we will update this story if we hear back.


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      Bobby Robinson
      • 6 Months Ago
      I used to like the idea of this car. (an American challenge to the Bugatti Veyron) But now, it seems a little outdated (as compaired to the P1, LaFerrari, and the Porsche 918). Besides, I think people who have the money to buy one of these would probably go with the Koenigsegg Agera R. They have taken too long to bring it to market and now, there are just better alternatives out there.
        Matt Mossberg
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Bobby Robinson
        I agree that the 3 hypercars are more of a technical marvel because of the electric motor tech, being the best production street cars for the track and they have advanced motoring to a new level. But I also think cars like the ssc have their place. Building a production car for outright speed is always something I'll believe in and think its a very American thing to chase after. People who can buy the p1, laferrari and 918 can probably buy both plus I think all 918s p1s and laferraris are already bought and the ssc could fill the hearts of the wealthy who did not get a chance to buy any of the big 3.
      JeffreyS
      • 6 Months Ago
      Anyone else notice one of the lug nuts being loose?
        Ernie
        • 6 Months Ago
        @JeffreyS
        I'll bet the driver has more than one lug nut loose. As neat as it sounds, once when I got up to 200 mph in a special Mustang Cobra, it was terrifying to know that a beetle becomes a missile, completely capable of piercing a windshield and killing someone instantly. I stick to about 65 now - and I'm still alive !!!
        11fiveoh
        • 6 Months Ago
        @JeffreyS
        It's larger so it can offset the weight of the valve stem.
      bootsnchaps60
      • 6 Months Ago
      Maybe they'll sell, then the novelty will wear off. Then what? There are lots of so-called super cars competing in a very niche car market.
      thecommentator2013
      • 6 Months Ago
      wooo...............
      diffrunt
      • 6 Months Ago
      Re;Tuatara--------why?
      • 6 Months Ago
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      BipDBo
      • 6 Months Ago
      I fail to see the point in the top-speed production car war now that we are approaching 300 mph. The hardest part about making a top speed run has become securing the venue. How does any customer expect to be able to actually drive the car to its speed limit? And then what, brag about how you managed to hold you right foot down for 45 seconds, but conveniently leave out the fact that you crapped yourself? Top speed for these hypercars has exceeded relevancy. On the other end, 0-60 is nearly irrelevant. The performance metric that is still relevant and always will be is lap times. I you really want to go fast, why do it in a road legal semi-production $million+ hypercar that you would likely never actually drive to the grocery store? If you want to go that fast, go NHRA style or even get a pilot's license.
      Ernie
      • 6 Months Ago
      Wow, this is neat. I wonder how many people have a driveway long enough to enable these speeds? And I wonder how long it will be before every purchaser of these speedsters has a police drone circling their car 24/7 ? The figure that someone that can afford the car can afford to pay the speeding ticket - and in this case hope they have burial plans already in place.
      Tesla Fan
      • 6 Months Ago
      oh nice another highly impractical car, and doesnt even look good
        Cruising
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Tesla Fan
        They build supercars hence their name, these cars are not ment to be practical and the styling will be outlandish in the name of speed.
        Clipper44
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Tesla Fan
        Go buy a minivan if you want practical.
      Carlove215
      • 6 Months Ago
      This thing Eats Lambo's for Lunch!!!
      Autoblogist
      • 6 Months Ago
      I want this car to succeed so badly. I think smaller boutique manufacturers like SSC, are last bastions of what a supercar maker should be. With car like the Corvette having supercar like power and handling, it's become less unique to have high horsepower and good handling. These smaller companies like Pagani and Koenigsegg still have novel ideas that would never make it to production in a larger company and they aren't design by a committee. Just one person's vision. Even if most of these companies don't make it to market, I like the dreamer.
      loopless
      • 6 Months Ago
      The achievement of the Veyron was not just outright speed. It was that is was a comprehensively engineered car that could be driven as a daily driver, and also hit >200mph speeds in comfort and relative safety. Any clown can stick massive turbos on a sexy body , put some hero in it, and point it down a track (pray you got the aero right).
        ScottT
        • 6 Months Ago
        @loopless
        Any car that requires it's tires to be changed every 2500 miles and wheels removed and sent to the factory to be stress tested every 10K miles (or just replaced) is not a daily driver in my book. I would guess you should also probably expect month brake pad changes along with a rotor swap every season or so. And I would also expect you would need to drain and flush each of the 10 cooling systems a couple times a year. The car is not made to put miles on it. Its made to be driven on occasion when going out and possibly making a few high speed runs. You can say that if you have the money to buy it, you don't care about $40K on a tire change every other month (which certainly isn't true), but I seriously doubt if you have that money you want your daily driver unavailable so often.
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