Back in October, Shelby Supercars (SSC) Tuatara claimed a world production-car record with a smashing speed of 315.7 MPH, beating a record set by a Koenigsegg Agera on the Nevada highway. But, unfortunately for the automaker, this victory, led by U.K. Formula 1 driver Oliver Webb was rendered inaccurate by several YouTubers who scrutinized the winning video and called for a re-run. Keeping with these allegations, the SSC Tuatara is set to, once again prove its competency with a re-match- this time, without any inconsistencies.
Several automotive enthusiasts on YouTube analyzed a video of the run that was released by SSC. Upon finding several inconsistencies, these streamers raised questions of the accuracy of the depiction of the event, including concerns over the overlaid GPS speed data not matching up with what was shown by the point-of-view camera; a helicopter seen following it at indicated speeds that it is incapable of reaching; and passing landmarks that offered reference points to compare it with the Koenigsegg Agera that had broken the record earlier.
In the midst of this controversy, SSC honcho Jerod Shelby commented that the issue was in no way a nefarious plan, but was solely caused by a poorly edited video that was produced by an outside production company. In a YouTube video following the allegations, Shelby said, “Nothing we do in the coming days to try to salvage this particular record, it’s always going to have a stain on it. So, as I sat there thinking through — there was just no way to now make this perfect — it hit me: we have to rerun the record. We have to do this again and do it in a way that it’s undeniable and irrefutable.”
Meanwhile, Dewetron, the company that made the GPS equipment of the car, was not on-site the day of the record attempt and said it couldn’t validate the results due to the absence on the day.
Claiming that they’d be fully equipped to prove the proficiency of the car when they schedule the re-run, Shelby assured that the company will ready the car with GPS devices. Going a mile further, the bossman also invited the YouTubers to come to witness the attempt in-person. It is still unclear as to who will be driving the car, but it is being speculated that Webb might not be taking the wheel again. This probability comes after the racer revealed on Instagram that he had no way of confirming what the speed was, amidst the heated controversy.