The Mighty Fiat S76 Will Take on the Goodwood Hillclimb
You think your muscle car has a big engine? Check out what’s coming to the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year. A rare 28.5-liter Fiat S76 land speed record car will be attempting the historic Goodwood hillclimb when the festival begins on June 26. Fiat produced the goliath S76 during the height of the land speed fever in the early 1910s, designed specifically to trounce the flying kilometer and flying mile records. There’s little doubt you’ll miss it – the car’s four-cylinder 28.5-liter engine isn’t exactly subtle. PHOTOS: See the 1899 Fiat 3 1/2 HP
With driver Pietro Bordino at the wheel, the S76 reached success in the mile record, and later topped out at 135 mph on the flying kilometer in Belgium. However, no amount of speed could avoid the outbreak of World War I.
Of the two original S76s that we produced, one was destroyed to keep it out of the hands of Fiat’s rivals, and the other ended up in Australia and then eventually the UK, where it was restored.
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