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
It accelerates as you would expect, which is to say, ‘ruddy fast'. The increments arrive in quickened gasps, each more brutal than the last. With an unquantifiable but presumably huge torque figure, the rear wheels even step out of line as the test driver, Michael Terlizzi, guns the throttle and rockets down the straight. The Fiat spits out oil, water and unspecified gunk in my face, and we approach the end (a short grass run-off with a concrete end) with Michael smiling and proclaiming in broken English, "no brakes".