Monticello Motor Club is about as far removed as you can get from a damp track day at Snetterton. This 4.1-mile ribbon of tarmac, nestled in a sleepy valley 90 miles north of NYC (a 90-minute drive in your favourite supercar… or, more realistically, given the clientele, a short hop in your helicopter), pitches itself as a country club.
Membership starts at $60,000 plus $5,900 per year for the Silver package and rises to $95,000 plus $13,900 per year for the Gold package… for which you’ll get unlimited use of the track, and the club will store, prepare and run your car, so when you arrive, all you have to do is don your race suit and drive. Ker-ching.
Monticello is where the real-life Bobby Axelrods come to play, where performance and speed are the primary currency. It is therefore as rich an environment as it is possible to imagine for a hypercar looking to establish itself at the top of the bragging rights food chain. Sat at the end of the pitlane is just the thing to spike the members’ interest: the SSC Tuatara, a car we first came into contact with in 2011 as a design concept, but one that after years of development is only now starting its journey towards being the first production hypercar to smash the 300mph barrier.
Photography: Chris Szczpala