In 1956, the Ducati 100 Siluro zoomed around the Monza circuit on a cloudy, fall Friday. The sharp, faired motorcycle designed by an aeronautical engineer and produced by Carrozzeria Tibaldi was ready to break every speed record, and win every race in its class.
It was a year of new roads and extreme accelerations for the whole country. On May 19, work had begun to build the Autostrada del Sole; on December 4, lieutenant colonel Giovanni Franchini would pilot the Aerfer Sagittario 2 on the first supersonic flight for an Italian aircraft.
The Siluro by Ducati – currently on display at the Ducati Museum in Borgo Panigale – triumphed on the track and, with an average of 170 kilometers per hour, was crowned the fastest motorcycle in the world