07 Apr 2015

More Beast of Turin Photos

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The Beast of Turin belches smoke and fire from a 4-cylinder engine the size of an apartment building boiler. Built in 1910 the Fiat S76 successfully stole the land speed record from the Blitzen Benz doing 116 mph in 1911.

The Fiat followed up its success with a posted speed of 132.27 mph in a one-way run, driven by American Arthur Duray at Ostend, Belgium. However, the Fiat was denied a new record as it was unable to complete a return run within the specified one hour.

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Art Tidesco

Sadly only one FIAT ever held the World Land Speed record and that was the FIAT Mephistopheles a vehicle actually created from a potpourri of FIAT parts including a 1908 FIAT SB4 chassis and post 1916 FIAT aero engine by Ernest Eldridge who in 1924 raised the World Land Speed Record from 120 mph set by a 200hp Blitzen Benz in 1914 to 145.89 mph in France more on the FIAT Eldridge built here :- http://www.psychoontyres.co.uk/open-road-demon-fiat-sb4-mephistophele/


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