1927: The Sunbeam 1000 HP, aka the Slug, was the first car to go faster than 200 mph, in Daytona Beach, Florida. The great Henry Segrave was at the wheel and set a new land-speed record of 203.79 miles per hour
Although the car was best-known as the “1000 HP” car, it actually had closer to 900 horsepower. (But why quibble when 1,000 is such a nice round number?)
The Sunbeam 1000 HP was nicknamed “the Slug” because it looked like one. It was created by the famed manufacturer in Wolverhampton, England, and was the first non-American car to set a land speed record. In later years, Sunbeam would be known for such “practical” ideas like stuffing a Ford V-8 into a sports car the size of a Miata.