JENATZY “LA JAMAIS CONTENTE” 1898

Designed and built in 1898 by Camille Jenatzy a Belgian electric engineer, son of a fabric manufacturer. He was said to be experienced in making electric taxicabs, however, his La Jaimais Contente (The Never Satisfied) a cigar-shaped car made of aluminum body to cut swiftly throw the airflow was one of the earliest fast cars ever made.

It drives on four thin pneumatic tyres and powered by two 25kw electric motors, whose 200-volt output was the equivalent of about 68bhp. La Jaimais Contente established a speed record of 105,88kph (65,79mph) on May 1899, this record remained until 1902.

JENATZY LA JAMAIS CONTENTE

Specification:

Year: 1899

Place of origin: Paris, France

Historical Status: Speed Record Car

Engine: two 25kw electric motor

Maximum Power: 68bhp

Layout: front-mounted engine driving the rear wheels

Body work: single seater “torpedo”

Top speed: 105kph (65mph)

Number built: one