We automobile aficionados have a natural inclination towards motorsports. Any competition that has fast moving cars battling it out for the title attracts our undivided attention. But a section of fans are not happy with the growing intervention of technology in the racing and they demand things to be like they were 20 years ago, pure and driver focused.
Well, here is something to cater to these fans, including us! While technology is meant for better safety, in a highly dangerous sport like racing, lot more is dependent on cars than the driver itself. But the recently revealed video of Mark Walker tackling the hill at the Goodwood Speed of Festival will leave you speechless.
Mark Walker drove the Darracq 200, a 110-year French car that was manufactured after the French carmaker Pierre-Alexandre Darracq teamed up with German engineer Adam Opel in 1905. The result was a 200 bhp producing, 25.4-litre V8 Darracq 200 (200 as in 200 horsepower). The sole purpose of the Darracq 200 was to break land speed records.
And this is the reason, the Darracq 200 was built as simple as it can be. It's just an engine bolted over a C-beam ladder frame chassis, with two seats and four wheels. And the duo was successful in building a fast machine, as Paul Baras, Loius Chevrolet and Victor Demegeot broke many speed records in three countries. While we couldn't see how they drove it, Mark Walker gave us an insight.
Mark Walker didn't actually set up any land speed record, as it is not possible in a time when even production cars are capable of doing more than 400 kmph, he did something extraordinary daredevilish in the 110 year old car. He and co-driver drifted it, cornered it and tested it to extremes, without any seat belts or roll cage body, a must for any racing event today.
Before you argue about how a 110 year old car can excite us, you should watch the video embedded above. And we bet you would end up as excited as we are after watching it!