Almost three months after SSC North America finally unveiled the production version of the Tuatara, and after more than a decade of development, the company released a video showing the supercar in action.

The 49-second clip shows company founder Jerod Shelby piloting the Tuatara at high speed on a deserted highway past a windswept, treeless landscape. The rear camera gives us a good view of the cockpit and its sense of opening, thanks to the expansive glass roof panels on the gullwing doors.

We also have a view of the CIMA automated seven-speed manual gearbox, developed by Automac Engineering in Italy and sending power to the rear wheels as Shelby uses the shift paddles on the wheel. There is no indication of how fast he was driving, but we hear the sound of his engine, which has a red line at 8800 rpm, and the video is tagged with # lifebeginsat300 and #yearofthetuatara, reminders of the company’s boasting that the Tuatara can go “way above” the much-vaunted 300 mph mark.

The car benefits from a drag coefficient of 0.279 and active aerodynamics. Its 5.9-liter twin-turbo flat-cranked V8 was developed with Nelson Racing Engines. It develops 1,350 horsepower with 91 octane fuel and 1,750 horsepower with E85. Torque is 1,280 lb-ft at 6,800 rpm.

Others have already broken the 300mph barrier, of course, including a legal 2006 Ford GT and a Bugatti Chiron longtail prototype last September, with Koenigsegg claiming simulations suggest the Jesko Absolut is capable of 330mph. Still, we look forward to the inevitable onslaught from SPC.

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