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Title: 120 mph . . .
Post by: Oldcarsarecool on December 16, 2014, 11:42:24 AM
.  .  . in this:


(http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-Play-Collection-/1905-Darracq/i-zVqpvKv/0/O/1905%20Darracq.jpg) (http://theoldmotor.com/?p=134988)
(from theoldmotor.com, click for more info !).  


Darracq was a French automaker founded in 1896 founded by bicycle maker Alexandre Darracq.  The company's first product was actually a motorized bicycle that made 1.2 hp.  Darracq then ventured into electric vehicles for a few years before beginning production of an automobile powered by a gasoline engine.  Once this became doable with a degree of reliability (relatively speaking), Darracq set his sights on making his product faster.  MUCH faster.  


(http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-Play-Collection-/1905-Darracq/i-SQRkCCK/0/O/1905%20Darracq%20overhead%20view.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-Play-Collection-/1905-Darracq/i-SQRkCCK/A)


This 1905 Darracq Land Speed Racer reached 122.45 mph on the sand in Daytona Beach, Florida in 1906.  Power comes from an ohv V-8 displacing 1,551 cubic inches, (that's 25.4L).  The 200 hp it produced made it the Veyron of its day.  In an era 110 years ago when a new Ford Model F made 12 hp and a Rolls-Royce made 30 hp, 200 hp was unbelievable.  


(http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-Play-Collection-/1905-Darracq/i-j25Sbp5/0/O/25.4L%20V8%20makes%20200%20hp.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-Play-Collection-/1905-Darracq/i-j25Sbp5/A)


Just make sure your foot doesn't slip off of the footrest.


(http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-Play-Collection-/1905-Darracq/i-r82w8g3/0/O/Hope%20your%20foot%20doesn%27t%20slip.jpg) (http://www.oldcarsarecool.com/The-Play-Collection-/1905-Darracq/i-r82w8g3/A)


Awesome car !  For further reading and more pics, check out  this theoldmotor.com post .  .  . (http://theoldmotor.com/?p=134988)