Watch the Huge 28.5-liter Fiat 'Beast of Turin' Fire Up
Look out in your driveway right now. What do you see? You might think your car has a rather large engine, it might even be the biggest mill on the block, but we're going to go out on a limb and say it's a pipsqueak compared to this one. This is the 1910 Fiat S76. It was built with the intent to snatch the land speed record away from the Germans and their Blitzen-Benz. As a result, it packs an unthinkably large 28.5-liter four-cylinder engine. And no, you didn’t misread that. Watch the video below and try to keep your eyes from popping out of your head when you see the size of this engine. And make sure to turn the volume up for this one; it’s quite a vocal brute. RELATED: Check out photos of the record-setting 1909 Blitzen-Benz
Appropriately dubbed 'The Beast of Turin', the 300-horsepower Fiat S76 clocked an official 116mph top speed in 1911 in the UK and an unofficial 137 mph flying kilometer run in Belgium. However, no amount of speed could avoid the outbreak of World War I.
Of the two original S76s that were produced, one was dismantled, and the other chassis ended up in Australia…that is until current owner Duncan Pittaway united the Australian chassis with its sister car’s surviving engine. This is the awe-inspiring result of his hard work, and you are witnessing the first time it has run in over 100 years.
Best of all, rumor has it that Pittaway might run ‘The Beast’ up the hill at the Goodwood Festival next year. If you’re attending or within 20 miles of the event, it’s probably something you’ll be well aware of.
RELATED: See more photos of the original 1910 Fiat S76 'Beast of Turin'
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