In 1911, Fiat constructed a racer that they hoped would break the land speed record, which at the time was held by the 1909 Blitzen Benz. The car, dubbed the S76, featured a 28.3-liter four-cylinder engine and produced about 300 horsepower, which was enough to propel the mighty ‘Beast of Turin’ to a top speed of 135 mph.
The two S76 examples that Fiat built were eventually lost, however vintage car enthusiast Duncan Pittaway located the chassis of one and the engine of the other and rebuilt the car with the help of Fiat. He’s been participating in various historic vehicle events since the Beast of Turin’s completion last year and recently took the pre-war race to the Goodwood Members’ Meeting where he raced it against other period grand prix cars.
Watch Pittaway bravely take the wheel of the S76 at the Members’ Meeting in the video above. Pittaway raced the car in Goodwood’s S.F. Edge Trophy race for Edwardian era grand prix cars, which we’ve also embedded the highlights from below.