TG.com rides shotgun in Fiat’s 21.7-litre demon
Behold, the aircraft-engined 1908 ‘Mephistopheles’, built to break records and scare humans
Posted: 20 Jun 2011
In 1988's seminal anime film Akira, the perversion of protagonist Tetsuo's psychic powers and subsequent tyranny force his kin to summon the spirit of the film's namesake: a supreme psychic child whose reappearance causes another ‘big bang', such is his power.
Well, starting up the Fiat SB4 - or Mephistopheles - will likely cause a similar reaction. The picture above gives no credence or authority to the sheer Judgement Day violence the Fiat's engine brings. I'm standing on a secluded straight at Fiat's technical research centre in Balocco and the SB4 is alive. We're talking End of Days, Apocalypse, Old Testament style fury. It's loud.
Words: Vijay Pattni
Photos: Michael Ward/Fiat