The inside story of the SSC Tuatara’s harrowing land-speed record run

SSC CEO Jerod Shelby found race car driver Oliver Webb sitting on the ground, shaking, in front of the Tuatara supercar with his head in his hands.

Webb was visibly emotional and upset according to Shelby. “I’m done. I can do no more,” Webb told Shelby.

The SSC Tuatara Webb was driving to set a new production-car land-speed record had just been hit by a gust of wind at 331 mph, knocking the car one lane over and almost off the road.

Shelby could understand why Webb was upset.

During that run, the SSC Tuatara bested Koenigsegg (and Bugatti) and set a new production-vehicle land-speed record of 316.11 mph.

Webb needed to make two runs that would average more than 277.9 mph to beat the previous record set by the Koenigsegg Agera RS 2017. He made three.

SSC Tuatara record run

Delayed

The record, which was set on

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Driving ICON’s 1949 Hudson Derelict: Mind. Blown.

CHATSWORTH, California—Don’t make the same mistake that I did—assuming that this 1949 Hudson Commodore, latest in ICON’s Derelict series of one-off builds, is just a beautiful old car with a massive modern motor.

I mean, the ICON Hudson is a beautiful old car with a massive modern motor—a supercharged LS9 Corvette engine, if you must know—and it does everything you’d expect, i.e. melt its own tires like they were made of butter, accelerate like a proper muscle car, and leave any and all comers in its V-8-bellowy wake. It’ll also stop and turn like a modern car. No, that’s not right—it doesn’t turn exactly like a modern car, and there’s a very good reason for that.

Why ICON’s 1949 Hudson Is Magic

The ICON Hudson’s steering has some on-center play, just as I imagine it had in 1949 when it was new. Its straight-line ride is a dignified

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