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Daimler's 1885 Motorcycle
In 1885, Gottlieb
Daimler (together with his design partner Wilhelm Maybach) took Nicolaus
internal combustion engine a step further and patented what is generally
recognized as the prototype of the modern gas engine. Daimler's connection
to Otto was a direct one; Daimler worked as technical director of Deutz
Gasmotorenfabrik, which Nikolaus Otto co-owned in 1872. There is some controversy
as to who built the first motorcycle Otto
The 1885 Daimler
- Maybach engine was small, lightweight, fast, used a gasoline-injected
carburetor, and had a vertical cylinder. The size, speed, and efficiency
of the engine allowed for a revolution in car design. On March 8,
1886, Daimler took a stagecoach (made by Wilhelm Wimpff & Sohn) and
adapted it to hold his engine, thereby designing the world's first four-wheeled
1889, Daimler invented a V-slanted two cylinder, four-stroke engine with
mushroom-shaped valves. Just like Otto's 1876 engine, Daimler's new engine
set the basis for all car engines going forward. Also in 1889, Daimler
and Maybach built their first automobile from the ground up, they did not
adapt another purpose vehicle as had always been done previously. The new
Daimler automobile had a four-speed transmission and obtained speeds
of 10 mph.
the Daimler Motoren-Gesellschaft in 1890 to manufacture his designs. Eleven
years later, Wilhelm Maybach designed the Mercedes.
A few years later left Maybach left Daimler to set up his own factory for
making engines for Zeppelin airships.
In 1894, the first automobile race
in the world was won by a car with a Daimler engine.
Daimler was a workaholic who made
the automotive revolution possible.
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