Fear is not necessarily a bad thing. Fear is what kept us from being eaten by lions and teams of badgers and things for millennia. And sometimes it makes sense to have a healthy fear of a car. Some cars just seem like they'd be happier killing you instead of taking you to get more Snapple. So what's the scariest car ever built?

I was pretty nervous before driving the Viper TA at Big Willow, but for me, I think the scariest car I can imagine is the Ford 999 racer, built in 1902. Just look at that picture up there and you'll start to get an idea what I mean.

The 999 was technically the second specific race car that Ford built, but, really, this was his first no joke racecar. It had an 18.9L — you read that right — four-cylinder engine (those pistons must have looked like bar stools), no differential, no rear suspension, no bodywork, and an iron steering yoke-thing thing that looks like it was designed to shatter sternums and ribs.

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The car (well, really, there were two 999s) made between 70 and 100 HP (some sources list as low as 50HP) and once set a land speed record of 91 MPH on a frozen lake.

Sometimes while driving, a second 'mechanician' would be crawling around the framework, oiling and greasing all the hot metal bits. That sounds terrifying. But so does the whole thing — 90 MPH, no safety anything at all, just bare, hot angle iron and sharp things that make it all look like a big, wheeled, people mulching machine.

Yikes.