for more photos and videos:
http://www.jaylenosgarage.com/cars/fiat/1917-fiat-botafogo-special/index.shtml#item=234644 the video starts with a commercial, but it's incredibly informative. For example, I knew the engine had enormous displacement, but when Jay tells you that each cylinder is the equal of a Chevy 327... just one cylinder of this Fiat engine, 350 cu inches... that is a good reason to watch the video and learn from Jay all about this car and it's WW1 aircraft engine
Could probably reach speeds around 150 mph, but on dual chain drives, and only rear mechanical brakes... only gets about 1500 rpm, and would likely not sustain that for long before the block repair, the valves, the cam gear drive, the chains, or something failed horribly, and might be a suicide run. Better to just think about it at speed, than to experience it
built in Argentina, because the owner was inspired by Mefistofele, the land speed record (146mph) making car, fastest car in the world at the time, and last land speed record set on public roads... so the Argentinian sourced a similar engine, and had a car built. No transmission or brakes. Yeah, he died in the car, about 20 years later, but still.
Mefistofele is a famous Fiat, and you can see a photo, a painting, and learn about it in this post: http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2010/02/just-cool-photography-thats-what-i-like.html or http://thechicaneblog.com/2010/03/04/art-appreciation-mefistofele and another at http://theoldmotor.com/?p=22586
that is a lot of shock absorber / friction dampeners. 2 per side, 4 total in front. normally you see one per side on old cars
here is the carb. It's bigger than the huge Holley on the Packard V16 that powered the PT boats in my post about the Nethercutt Museum