Eccentric Brit Spends 12 Years Resurrecting 100-Year-Old 28.5-Liter Four-Pot, World’s Largest Car Engine


Built by Fiat in 1910 to claim the land speed record, the S76 hasn't been heard for a very long time.

Forget your Bugatti W16 and 8.4-liter Viper engines. They’re cute little kittens compared to ‘The Beast of Turin.’ More than 100 years since the Fiat S76 was born with the sole aim of claiming the land speed record, its mind-boggling 28.5-liter four-cylinder engine has been brought back from the dead. Only two S76 models were ever built and Duncan Pittaway managed to find the remains of the chassis of one and the sole surviving engine from the other.

Resurrecting this century-old masterpiece has been a twelve-year labor of love. But seeing this thing fire up for the first time must have made all that effort worthwhile. Featuring four valves per cylinder, multi-spark and overhead cam technology, all very cutting-edge for 1910, the S76 delivered around 300 horsepower and 1,384 lb-ft of torque.

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Having fired up The Beast, the plan is to take it to next year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed and run it up the hill. Get ready for some terrifying noise. You have been warned.