Several car journalists and reporters analyzed the video, which referred to the 331 mph display, and noted differences in the speed shown in the video and the time the car crossed a known location on the highway. The company later admitted to having problems with ads and scheduling videos produced by third-party companies.
SSC North America did not respond to claims that its vehicle, the SSC Tuatara, was actually speeding. Founder Jerod Shelby said, however, that it was planning to resume the effort so that there would be no question about the record.
“No matter what we do next day to shut down this particular record, it will always be dirty,” he said in a video statement released Friday evening.
Shelby is not affiliated with Carroll Shelby, the famous founder of Shelby American, the company that made the Shelby Cobra sports car and the Shelby Mustangs.
The SSC Tuatara is a 1,750-horsepower V-8 engine. It is named after the lizard from New Zealand, which derives its name from the word Māori for “high back”. The company plans to produce 100 Tuataras, with a starting price of $ 1.9 million.
Previously, the SSC had the world’s highest speed record with another car, Ultimate Aero, which reached 256.14 mph in 2007, according to the company.
In response to additional questions raised about timing devices in the first phase – speeds were recorded using GPS – devices manufactured by several companies will be used and representatives of those companies will be on site to monitor the installation and operation of the device, Shelby said.
During the initial attempt, only one of the company’s equipment was used and the company later reported that its representative was not in place to monitor the installation and use.
The SSC did not say when the next recording attempt would occur.
Michelle Toh contributed to this report.