Silly car-name season continues with Shelby Tuatara

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Shelby Supercars has announced its new creation, and successor to the SSC Aero, will be called the Tuatara.

Personally we feel that if you have to explain how a name is said then there is something wrong with it, but SSC has run with it regardless and said the name is pronounced 'twu‐tar‐ah'. That first syllable is definitely not 'twa' right?

Apparently it was inspired by a modern-day New Zealand reptile that bears the same name. The translation of the name, which comes from the Maori language, is "peaks on the back" and is related to the winglets on the Tuatara's back.

There are few other precise details about the new car just yet, although the American company has confirmed the Tuatara is set to contain a mammoth 7.0-litre twin-turbo engine that is capable of producing as much as 1,331bhp.

It will also contain a seven-speed paddle-shift gearbox, and use a carbon-fibre cab and one-piece carbon fibre wheels.

"Most manufacturers essentially use the same basic model and body shape for up to 10 years, while only making small refinements to it each year," Jerod Shelby, founder and owner of SSC, said.

"After only three years in production with the Ultimate Aero, SSC's Tuatara is about to monumentally evolve in the areas of sophistication, design, aerodynamics and shear all‐around performance. We felt that the fastest evolving DNA was a perfect definition of SSC's latest project."

So now stupidly rich speed fans will be faced with a choice between the Pagani Huayra and the Shelby Tuatara. Thank god for Ferrari and its number-based system.