Belt up and enjoy this 365-day ride as you cruise past the most momentous motoring events in history. Packed with fascinating facts about races, motorists and the history of the mighty engine, this is a must-visit web site for any car enthusiast.
American Arthur Duray driving a Gobron-Brillié became the first man to travel faster than 80 mph when he established a new world land-speed record of 83.46 mph in Ostend, Belgium. His car had four massive cylinders with eight pistons. The pistons were opposed, in pairs, instead of in-line, and developed 100 bhp. The engine was coupled up to a gearbox that powered the drive chain to the rear axle, allowing a lower range of rpm in a high-speed race car.
1903 Gobron Brillie - Arthur Duray