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
Eldridge used elements of a London bus to lengthen the Fiat SB4's chassis because the 320bhp A.12 was too long to fit under the bonnet. It did however, have the pleasing effect of making the Fiat look rather streamlined and almost elegant; a far cry from its almost garden-shed mechanicals. It had a double-chain transmission and brakes that acted on the rear diff rather than the wheels, a process of deceleration that we will come to later.