An interesting facts about the first vehicle that can go beyond 100km/h speed. It is actually an Electric car which is named La Jamais Contente by Camille Jenatzy. With the aerodynamic design of its structure and 25 kw electric motor which producing around 68 horsepower in year 1899, it is considered as a good invention. Thanks to Mr Jep for giving me the idea to share about this info =) .
WORLD RECORD : THE FIRST CAR TO GO OVER 100 KM/H SPEED – LA JAMAIS CONTENTE ELECTRIC CAR
La Jamais Contente (“The Never Satisfied”) was the first vehicle to go over 100 km/h (62 mph). It was an electric vehicle with a light alloy torpedo shaped bodywork, although the high position of the driver and the exposed chassis underneath spoiled much of the aerodynamics.
The land speed record was established, according to sources, on April 29 or May 1, 1899 at Achères, Yvelines near Paris, France. The vehicle had two direct drive Postel-Vinay 25 kW motors, running at 200 V drawing 124 Amperes for about 68 hp, and was equipped with Michelin tires. Chassis number was n°25.
Length 3,80 m;
width 1,56 m;
height 1,40 m
weight : 1450KG
Camille Jenatzy set a new world land speed record of 68.8 mph in December of 1899 in this streamlined car weighing in at 1,450Kg. The 100 kph barrier had been broken along with the Compte Chasseloup-Labatt’s original land speed record set near Paris, France of 39.24 mph (63.13 kph).
Janetzy, one of the early record holders
Camille Jenatzy (1868 – 1913) was a Belgian race car driver. Jenatzy is known for breaking the land speed record three times. On January 17, 1899 in Achères, France he achieved a speed of 66.66 km/h (41.42 MPH) over 1 kilometer, driving a CGA Dogcart. That same day the record was broken by Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat, but ten days later on January 27 he achieved a speed of 80.35 km/h (49.93 MPH). This record was again broken by Chasseloup-Laubat, but Jenatzy set his third and final land speed record on April 29, reaching 105.88 km/h (65.79 MPH) in the CITA No 25 La Jamais Contente. This was the first record over 100 km/h. See also, Andrew Riker’s Electric Torpedo of 1901.