1903 Benz 60HP Parsifal Rennwagen

This car was built in direct competition with Mercedes: Karl Benz could work up little enthusiasm for motor sports events, but DMG’s market success, which was the result of their successful participation in races, eventually made the Mannheim company seriously consider designing a competitive racing car. So they took on the young French designer Marius Barbarou, who was put in charge of the design department with a team of selected colleagues. He developed a few cars and finally landed the big hit with the Benz-Parsifal in 1903.

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In Detail

positionFront Longituidnal
valvetrain2 Valves per Cyl
displacement11260 cc / 687.1 in³
bore160 mm / 6.3 in
stroke140 mm / 5.51 in
power44.7 kw / 60 bhp @ 1200 rpm
specific output5.33 bhp per litre
bhp/weight91.46 bhp per tonne
body / framePressed Steel
driven wheelsRWD
front brakesNone
f brake sizemm / in
rear brakesDrums
r brake sizemm / in
f suspensionRigid Axle w/Semi Elliptic Springs
r suspensionRigid Axle w/Semi Elliptic Springs
curb weight656 kg / 1446 lbs
wheelbase2760 mm / 108.7 in
front track1320 mm / 52.0 in
rear track1320 mm / 52.0 in
transmission3-Speed Manual
gear ratios:1
top speed~120 kph / 74.6 mph