SSC Tuatara tries for top speed record again, but runs into heat issues
It has been a few months since the SSC Tuatara controversy erupted, and we haven't heard much from SSC since Jerod Shelby announced a second attempt. We haven't heard from SSC directly, but they've been busy.
According to a YouTuber named Robert Mitchell, SSC had made a second attempt at the record attempt earlier this month. Unfortunately nothing came of it for SSC due to mechanical problems with the tuatara.
Mitchell was invited to SSC's record run because he was one of the first YouTubers to analyze the original run and question SSC's results. Shmee150 and Misha Charoudin were also invited but couldn't make it due to travel restrictions. This second attempt took place in Florida and Oliver Webb was not behind the wheel. Instead, the owner (Dr. Larry Caplin) of this tuatara decided that he would drive it himself. No explanation was given for Webb's absence.
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SSC had problems with the car the day before the planned record attempt. Mitchell offers a full explanation in the 30 minute video above, but in a nutshell, the Tuatara had heat issues that eventually resulted in two spark plugs failing. Running multiple runs at well over 200 mph without adequate cooling, the tuatara eventually got way too hot, causing the tuatara to eat a pair of plugs. Dr. Caplin reportedly got the Tuatara up to 40 km / h on its last run, but he canceled the train when he felt the car wasn't accelerating as it should have been. Of course, it didn't accelerate as it should have been due to the heat soaking issues that had already caused its damage.
SSC threw in the towel after determining there were problems and made no further attempt. According to Mitchell, SSC plans to try again sometime after Christmas (he plans to try again) so we'll be on the lookout for try number three.
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