"They broke the record in July; in August, we were in Monterey unveiling the Tuatara to some private clients. So that was one month after they broke the record. Immediately, the press said, ‘Ooh, this is SSC's answer to their record.' All of a sudden it showed us everyone out there thinks that top speed is all we do."
Just a few miles on a gently winding road in the Ultimate Aero shows that isn't the case. The suspension is well sorted, the steering accurate and the aero at speed does keep it nailed to the road. It's the engine that is somewhat disappointing on this one. Before driving the Venom it feels fast, just not supercar fast. Rowing it through the gears, the turbo wastegates twittering away in mechanical surround sound, the speed builds rapidly to about 150mph, but then disappointingly starts running out of puff.