Jason Castriota, ArtCenter College of Design Alumnus, will be on stage with the sensational running prototype of his latest side project, the SSC TUATARA. Jason is in the midst of an amazing career which notably includes Pininfarina. While at that venerable designer Jason was responsible for the Ferrari 599, the Ferrari P4/5, the Maserati Birdcage 75th, the Maserati Granturismo, and more. Jason is now Global Brand Director of Ford Motor Co. BEV division.
The Tuatara (tua-tar-ah) is elegantly described as “an exotic reptilian creature with a molecular structure evolving faster than any organism on Earth.” Founded by Jerod Shelby in 1998, SSC North America has been pushing the limits of high-performance vehicles, setting new standards in the hypercar market. On September 13, 2007 the SSC Ultimate Aero became the fastest production car in the world, dethroning the Bugatti Veyron’s 253.81 mph title when the Ultimate Aero achieved an average top speed of 256.14 mph. It was then that Shelby approached Jason Castriota to design the next generation Ultimate Aero.
Jerod and Jason’s shared vision would generate a design that would not only exceed the project’s ambitions targets, but a design that would be as at home on the race track as it would be on a concourse lawn. In our opinion, the Tuatara is nothing short of a modern masterpiece.
Come see the Tuatara and hear Jason Castriota describe this wonderful creation.