The Bugatti Veyron Supersport has 1,200 horsepower and can go 267 MPH. The Hennessey Venom GT has 1,244 horsepower and can go 265. That's what the SSC Tuatara will have to beat when it goes into production. And with 1,350 horsepower on premium gas, it's on its way.
SSC just finished testing the engine on a dyno, and the final power figures are staggering. It makes 1,350 horsepower and 1,280 pound feet of torque. To put that into perspective, that's 10 1996 Miatas (my standard unit of measurement) in one car.
It can also run up to 1,700 horsepower. That's nearly 13 1996 Miatas of power in one car. Holy schmoly (sorry for the technical jargon).
SSC says they tested the car at even more extreme levels than it would ever see at its anticipated top speed of 275 MPH, and it didn't blow up. Not even once.
That's a pretty good start to become the fastest car in the world.
(Hat Tip to Jake!)