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World's fastest car hits 316 mph, inspires $316,000 donation to support military families

The SCC Tautara is now the world's fastest car.

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He's an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and car enthusiast. He's also the new King of Speed. Dr. Larry Caplin's SSC Tuatara recently became the fastest production car ever with a set of of records during an October 10 event in Pahrump, Nevada along a seven-mile stretch of State Route 160.

With professional racing driver Oliver Webb at the wheel, the Tuatara hit an average of 316.11 mph following two consecutive high-speed test runs. To comply with test regulations, the car traveled first in one direction down the road clocking 301.07 mph then turned around and went the other direction on the same road getting to 331.15 mph, consecutively, within one hour.

SCC Tautara Shelby Webb sign Jerod Shelby, CEO of SSC (left) and driver Oliver Webb (right) celebrate the car's record.Photo courtesy of SCC North America

The times were then averaged. Officials were on site to verify all world record criteria was met and even reviewed Dewetron GPS measurements, which tracked the speed runs using 15 satellites. The Tuatara earned the title of the "Fastest Production Vehicle".

The car also earned three other titles: "Fastest Flying Mile on a Public Road" at 313.12 mph, "Fastest Flying Kilometer on a Public Road" at 321.35 mph (517.16 km/h), and "Highest Speed Achieved on a Public Road" at 331.15 mph.

Caplin is celebrating the milestone by donating community programs that support children, youth, and military families worldwide. His $316,000 donations will support health and wellness programs in underserved schools, provide college scholarships to first-generation students, and help military communities and families nationwide.

Larry Caplin SCC Tautara record car Dr. Larry Caplin celebrates the record set by his car.Photo courtesy of Dr. Larry Caplin

"I am beyond thrilled to own the World's fastest car because it's another opportunity to shine a light on important issues that support local communities and serve military families," said Caplin. "Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I would be the owner of a historic vehicle, but I recognize that I have a responsibility to use this opportunity to help those who need support in a tangible way."

SSC North America is producing 100 SSC Tuatara hypercars. High-speed,high-downforce, and track versions are now available to customers.

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An Infiniti Q60 drifts at Yokohama Harbor.

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A new film showcases the drifting capabilities of a heavily modified Infiniti Q60. The coupe currently competes in the domestic top-tier drift championship in Japan even though the sports coupe is not sold there.

Before reaching the docks in Japan, the car was heavily modified having started its journey in America. The car was built to show off renowned restoration specialist Tatsuhiro Shibata's passion for the Infiniti brand.

The video features Shibata and his driver, Koudai Sobagiri putting the The hand-built model to the test and showing off near Infiniti's world headquarters in Yokohama, Japan. The closed course near Yokohama Harbor served as the set.

"In my eyes, the Q60 was the best looking of (the Infiniti lineup), but they didn't sell any in Japan. So we had to go to the U.S. to find one," Shibata says. "It's simple; I just wanted a good-looking racing car."

Tatsuhiro Shibata's Infiniti Q60

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This isn't the first time that Shibata has imported an Infiniti to Japan. His passion has led him to do so for the last decade. Shibata is not directly affiliated with Infiniti.

Following the film, Infiniti plans to release an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the film and the Shibata Infiniti Q60. An exclusive story about Shibata's workshop, Sobagiri's path to drifting, and more will be released along with the behind-the-scenes film.

1,000HP INFINITI Q60: Drifting at the Docks www.youtube.com

The release of the film comes as Infiniti is playing catch up with much of their business plans. Amid falling sales and the COVID-19 pandemic, plans for two new models to be introduced had to be push to 2021 including the 2022 Infiniti QX55 and the forthcoming redesigned QX60.

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The 2022 Mercedes AMG GLC 63 S is getting a top-notch AMG engine.

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AMG plus GLC equals a new, high-power version of the Mercedes GLC-Class SUV. The mid-size model gets a new AMG version for the 2022 model year bringing a robust V8 and honed drive dynamics to the popular family hauler.

The 2022 Mercedes- AMG GLC 63 S is fitted with a handcrafted AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine that achieves 503 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. This is the same engine that can be found in the GLC Coupe's AMG variant. It's been added to the traditional SUV-shaped model to meet demand from customers. The engine, paired with an nine-speed automatic transmission, can get the car from zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds.

2022 Mercedes- AMG GLC 63 S

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These are upgraded numbers compared to the 2022 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63, which gets 469 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. That model is two-tenths of a second slower off the line. The electronically limited top speed of the GLC 63 is 155 mph compared to the GLC 63 S's 174 mph.

Mercedes has given the SUV a long list of standard features that enhance its drive dynamics: drive modes, an air suspension with adaptive damping adjustment, an electronic locking differential, dynamic engine mounts, and a performance exhaust system.. The SUV's steering wheel has Touch Control buttons.

The SUV rides on 20-inch AMG design wheels, has LED high-performance headlights and taillights, and comes standard with the Multimedia Package, which includes augmented video for navigation. In front of the driver is a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.

Buyers can add the AMG Aerodynamics Package, Exterior Carbon Fiber Package, AMG Performance Seats, AMG Night Package, AMG Performance Studio Package with extended additional high-gloss black elements, and a selection of leather upholsteries and interior trim options including AMG Carbon Fiber.

U.S. deliveries of the 2022 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S SUV begin in the fourth quarter of 2021.

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