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Thursday, October 1, 2020

A Spanish-made torpedo-likened racing car

Still discussing the unique car figures and You may think this bizarre project was made for a fantasy movie or perhaps for a carnival event, however, this project is a very serious attempt to revive (or replicate) a very significant car that was lost in history.
1953 Pegaso Z-102 "Bisiluro" 1A Serie has broke four official R.A.C.B. (Royal Automobile Club de Belgique) world records in 1953 while driven by Celso Fernández. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/30mh0qn)
The unique car in question named the Pegaso Z-102 'Bisiluro' 1A Serie is one of them, this car made by the Spanish manufacturer once held the title of the fastest production car in the 1950s. The original design for the Z-102 was designed by Pegaso chief technical manager Wifredo Ricart, former chief engineer for Alfa Romeo.
1953 Pegaso Z-102 "Bisiluro" 1A Serie once held the title of the fastest production car in the 1950s. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3kWasX0)
Because the original car will never be seen again, and what we can see now is a replica that is deliberately made with several replacement parts derived from a variety of marques, the engine a Chevrolet V8 with similar displacement as the original Pegaso and the transaxle gearbox plus de Dion rear axle originate from an Alfa Romeo 75.
1953 Pegaso Z-102 "Bisiluro" 1A Serie originally uses a 2.5-liter V8 twin-supercharged engine capable of producing the power no less than 360 horsepower. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3kWasX0)
While the car originally had the appearance of a true-bizarre Batmobile-likened, and it named such this for its two great pontoons on each side of the body with great fins in the rear part so then look like 'bisiluro' or double torpedos, with the driver cabin resembled an aircraft cockpit located in the right pontoon.
1953 Pegaso Z-102 "Bisiluro" 1A Serie originally had the appearance of a true-bizarre Batmobile-likened. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3kWasX0)
However it is not the first car to adopt such a unique design, there are several racing cars of similar design such as the 1955 Bisiluro Damolnar, 1957 Tarf Bisiluro, and 1967 OSI Silver Fox. Initially, the manufacturer made several prototypes (some sources claim the number was 4, and others claim only 2 entered) for possible participation in the Le Mans 24H, but due to stability problems were finally used to beat the 1-mile record which at that time was held by the Jaguar XK 120.
1953 Pegaso Z-102 "Bisiluro" 1A Serie originally had the appearance of a true-bizarre Batmobile-likened. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3kWasX0)
At that time, this unique car was equipped with a 2.5-liter V8 twin-supercharged engine capable of producing the power no less than 360 horsepower. When a trial was carried out on September 25, 1953, at a famous stretch near Jabbeke, Belgium under the supervision of the Royal Automobile Club de Belgique (Royal Automobile Club of Belgium).
As quoted of Wikipedia, the Z-102 Bisiluro driven by Celso Fernández at the time broke four official R.A.C.B. (Royal Automobile Club de Belgique) world records. Of these records, the most prominent was its speed in the flying-start kilometer. The supercharged Z-102 achieved an average speed of 243.079 kph (151.042 mph), a record previously held by a Jaguar XK120. This made the Z-102 the fastest production car in the world at that time. Wanna see the Z-102 Cupula? *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | WIKIPEDIA | POSTWARCLASSIC | JUSTCARGUY | COCHESCLASICOSDEHOY]
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