The Bisiluro (literally, “twin torpedo”) – also known as the “Tarf” – was the idea of a man who had always lived on speed.

“We declare that the splendor of the world has been enriched by a new beauty: the beauty of speed.” This Futurist Manifesto claim was an everyday truth for Pietro Taruffi (1906-1988). He had started competing at a young age, both skiing (he won the intercollegiate championship in the 1920s) and rowing (he won the coxed eight European title in 1928).

But he reached his best only once he “hit the road”. In his career, Taruffi won all the most important car racing competitions: the Carrera Panamericana, the Targa Florio, the Mille Miglia, and the Dolomites Gold Cup.

Engines – cars and motorcycles – were his greatest passion. Not just as a pilot but also as a designer.

He invented the Bisiluro towards the end of the 1940s. His concept was to create a four-wheel vehicle that would allow the level of performance of faired motorcycles. Thus he set two shells side-by-side, one for the engine and the other for the driver.

The Bisiluro started to collect a series of national records. In 1951, a second version was created with the goal of vanquishing the international competition as well. And it went on to win, win, win throughout the 1950s.

After all, its inventor was used to victory.

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December 17, 2013