Borzacchini’s Incredible World Land Speed Record Remembered By Maserati

  1. Jeremy
  2. October 7, 2019 3:09 pm

Borzacchini's Incredible World Land Speed Record Remembered By Maserati

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Way back when, on 28 September 1929, Mario Umberto “Baconìn” Borzacchini set the world land speed record in the Maserati Tipo V4. The vehicle had only recently made its race debut, driven by Alfieri Maserati in the Monza Grand Prix and finishing the race in sixth place. Two weeks later, the “Giornata dei record” — a time trial on the flying 10 kilometres — was organised.

The international rules enforced that the course be completed twice, once in either direction. The average of the times logged was approved for the purposes of the record. Borzacchini covered the uphill leg in 2’25”20/100, with an average speed of 247.933 km/h. On the downhill section he took two more seconds, logging 2’27”40/100, culminating in an average of 244.233 km/h. His overall average time was 2’26”30/100, equivalent to a speed of 246.069 km/h: a world record for class C (from 3,000 to 5,000 cc).

This record-breaking effort was an extraordinary achievement by Borzacchini, smashing the previous record set by Ernest Eldridge at Montlhéry in 1927 with 225.776 km/h and a time of 2’39”45/100.

The achievement was celebrated in Bologna with a dinner hosted by the Automobile Club. It was attended by the city’s top officials, the drivers and Enzo Ferrari, who took advantage of the opportunity to persuade two wealthy Emilia-region businessmen — Alfredo Caniato and Mario Tadini — to establish the racing team which was to bear his name.

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