Frankly it looks scary. With no exhaust as such we’re treated to the sight of the aftermath of internal combustion shooting straight out of the exhaust ports while the whole car shakes violently. Bear in mind that in its day the S76 was reputed to be putting out around 300bhp and that all that power was transmitted to the axle by way of chains.
Quick compilation of clips showing some of the build and first firing of the FIAT S76 land speed record car in 100 years. At over 28 litres this was the biggest of the pre WWI monsters (and the biggest car engine ever built)—engine design changed a lot thereafter. The proper film will cover the history of this exciting period and tell the amazing story of its rebirth after 100 years.
Thanks to Mel Francis.
Wonderful artwork and photos by Stefan Marjoram, plus a few other images found online.