It has been more than 100 years since this engine was last running, breaking land speed records during a time when owning a car was still a pipe dream for many. Documented by Stefan Marjoram, the official film-maker of the Bloodhound SSC Land Speed Record team, and posted to his Vimeo channel Nov. 30, the trailer for “The Beast of Turin” shows the largest pre-war engine turning over once again.
With a total displacement of 28.3 liters, this four cylinder engine was created for the 1911 Fiat S76 with the intention of taking on the Blitzen Benz’s land speed record, according to a post on TeamDan.com. Though the recorded speeds were never officially recognized as a record-breaker, the 290 hp created by its massive engine was enough to propel the Fiat S76 to a speed of 180 mph, well past the Blitzen Benz’s official record of 126 mph.
Due to be released in February of 2015, “The Beast of Turin” follows the reconstruction of this car over the course of a few years, and the history surrounding its amazing pre-war feats.
Be sure to watch the video above to hear this monster come back to life, and take out your headphones before turning the volume up – this is an impressive fire-breathing roar.
(Source: Vimeo, Wikipedia, TeamDan.com)