Illustration for article titled Star of Soviet Land Speed Record Car

To forever put forth the collected might of the Soviet into the history of speed and worker achievement came the mighty Zvezda-1, which means star in Russian. The two-stroke two-cylinder engine at the heart of this 1948 streamliner featured something known as undoubled pistons. This undoubling somehow employed one combustion chamber for two pistons and created a mind-bending 42 horsepower. The Zvezda-1 was not so speedy in itself, yet begat the 54 horsepower Zvezda-6!


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