The Beast of Turin: Video
The Fiat S76 is the poster child for the "there’s no replacement for displacement" crowd. Developed over a hundred years ago to break the land speed record, its engine develops no less than 300 horsepower and 2,000 pound-feet of torque, and those aren’t even the most hair-raising figures. The Fiat S76 achieved those specifications using a four-cylinder engine with a displacement of 28.4-liters – which is over three times more than Bugatti Veyron or Dodge Viper powerplants.
Duncan Pittaway, the car’s new owner, and Lord March are two brave souls for having the courage to ride in the four-wheeled monster up the Goodwood Hill recently. Only two S76s models were built in 1911, and after finding the remains of one chassis, Pittaway mated it with the surviving engine from the other car. Nicknamed "The Beast of Turin" for obvious reasons, the S76 is probably the most insane vehicle that was ever built by Fiat, or any Italian carmaker for that matter.
Despite having been developed over a century ago, the humongous engine features multi-spark ignition, four valves per cylinder and a single overhead cam, and it’s simply amazing that it doesn’t disintegrate the chassis upon acceleration. The footage above is both breathtaking and terrifying, especially for the poor duck that almost gets run over at the 1:43 minute mark. If this behemoth of a vehicle doesn’t sound like the end of the world, then I don’t know what does. Perfect for showing up at an "Earth Day" picnic.