The beast of Turin

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The beast of Turin

Fiat is a known manufacturer of small, economical and sometimes sport vehicles, but back in 1911, FIAT had built the “beast of Turin” in order to break the existing speed record. A car equipped with a huge 28.5 liter engine. The car is also known as the FIAT S76.

The beast of Turin

Two S76 were manufactured. One in 1910 and one in 1911. What you can see in the video-trailer below, is a combination of the two and it has been restored and rebuilt to its original glory. The 28.5 liter engine was four-cylinder and featured impressive technologies like four valves per cylinder and overhead camshaft. The engine was able to produce 300 hp. It may not sound much for 28,5 liters, but do not forget that we are talking about in 1910-1911. Anyway, it was enough to propel the Beast of Turin up to 186 km/h!

The beast was reconstructed by Duncan Pittway, that hoped to have it ready for the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014. Unfortunately this was not possible, but the video shows the first start-up of  the FIAT 76S, after about 103 years, and that alone is something touching.