The Fiat S76, also known as the legendary Beast of Turin, is easily one of the most terrifyingly brilliant feats of automotive engineering.
Boasting a mind-bogglingly huge 28.5-litre engine, the largest car engine ever made, the Beast of Turin was originally built in 1910 to break the land speed record at the time.
Unfortunately, history got in the way, and despite being able to hit a 135mph top speed from its 300bhp engine, which is bigger than that of a Spitfire, the Beast was shelved for 104 years.
Nursed back to life
More than a century later, however, and the legendary Beast of Turin has been awoken from its long slumber, having been nursed back to health by British automotive enthusiast Duncan Pittaway.
Having first been fired up last December, the monster Fiat has now officially been driven for the first time in a lifetime, with none other than Goodwood Festival of Speed founder Lord March at the wheel.
It took Duncan a total of ten years to restore the unique car, unofficially the fastest car in the world in its time, using the chassis from the only surviving example and the engine from the original prototype.
The Beast was originally planned to make a run at last year’s Festival of Speed, but due to a mechanical problem it was only able to be shown off in a static display.
Following the successful start-up by Duncan and his team late last year, the Beast has finally been given the go-ahead to tackle Goodwood’s world-famous hill climb at this year’s Festival in June.
Truly a titan of its time, the Beast’s massive engine was so powerful that its output has to be transmitted to the axles via high-strength chains, despite it having only four cylinders.
Although it technically was able to break the world land speed record back in 1911, it was unable to be officially ratified thanks to inconsistent readings and a tram driver who refused to divert his route around the race.
Due to appear at Goodwood this year!
Following its attempt, the outbreak of the First World War brought Fiat’s dream of developing a world-crushing racer to a halt, and the car was dismantled to prevent anybody from stealing its secrets.
However, thanks to the dedication and know-how of Duncan, the legendary and unique Beast of Turin will be given a new lease of life at this year’s Festival of Speed, which starts on June 26th.
In the meantime, why not check out the incredible footage of this mythical machine below!