H/t: Car Scoops
Put simply, the MG EX181 was a unusual supercar built by the MG Car Company back in 1957 specially for land speed record attempts in its engine size class. It is powered by a 1.5L twin-cam, supercharged MGA engine making 300 hp, and it managed to achieve 254.91 mph at the Utah Salt Flats in 1959, piloted by Phil Hill.
Considering the Bugatti Veyron needs 987 hp to break the 250 mph barrier, the MG EX181 definitely holds its own, despite having just a fraction of the power. On a related note, Magic Midgets is actually the nickname given to these types of cars during the 1930s, as they typically boasted a small engine capacity, but were frequently supercharged to increase performance. Racing driver George Eyston used them to set land speed records with just a 750cc engine.
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