Monday, July 31, 2017
Piero Taruffi designed and drove this car. He achieved seven speed records in 1951 and 1952. Power was from a 1,720cc Maserati four cylinder engine with two-stage supercharging. It developed 290 bhp. It featured chain drive and steering was accomplished with control sticks. The rear rudders compensated for prevailing winds.
On March 20, 1951, Taruffi drove this car to a pair of speed records for the flying mile as well as the flying kilometer. The flying mile record was 185.49 mph and the flying kilometer record was 180.55mph.
Sotheby's sold this car in 2012 for 89,600 Euro. Additional information about the car can be seen on Sotheby's site.
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In 1973 E.J. Potter's Widowmaker7 was declared the fastest motorcycle in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records. Always seeking to go faster he found that after removing the homemade clutch assembly his 1/4 mile runs immediately jumped from 115 mph to 136 mph. To launch without a clutch he would place the bike on a stand that allowed the rear wheel to spin freely. After firing up the 350 Chevy that produced more than 500 bhp he would push the bike off of the stand when the rpms reached 7500- and hang on.
Read more about Potter and his Widowmakers at silodrome.com