Benz “Lightning Benz” 200 PS racing car.

In 1909 the Lightning Benz became the first European car to break the 125 mph barrier. Powered by a massive four-cylinder powerplant, the Lightning posted its most famous performances in Florida. In 1911 Bob Burman recorded 142 mph on the Daytona sand track, making the car the fastest vehicle on the planet – quicker even than any aircraft or train.

  • Cylinders 4
  • Displacement 1312 cu in
  • Output 27 PS (20 kW)
  • at engine speed 900/min
  • Top speed 50 mph