1899 Daimler 12HP Rennwagen


1899 Daimler 12HP Rennwagen

1899 Daimler 12HP Rennwagen

Based on the world’s first four-cylinder car: A successful racing car – also built in a 28 hp engine version -, but with fairly instable handling characteristics due to its high centre of gravity. With this car, factory driver Bauer had his fatal accident in Nice in 1900.

His accident was attributed to the car design. This realization resulted in the design of the first Mercedes, which outgrew all the failings of the Phoenix car.

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In Detail

engine Water-Cooled, Phoenix Inline-4
position Front Longitudinal
valvetrain 2 Valves per Cyl, Itake Uncontrolled
displacement 4398 cc / 268.4 in³
bore 100 mm / 3.94 in
stroke 140 mm / 5.51 in
power 11.2 kw / 15 bhp @ 720 rpm
specific output 3.41 bhp per litre
body / frame Pressed Steel Frame
front brakes None
f brake size mm / in
rear brakes Drums w/Output Shaft Brake Band
r brake size mm / in
steering Worm & Nut
f suspension Rigid Axle w/Semi-Elliptic Springs
r suspension Rigid Axle w/Semi-Elliptic Springs
transmission 4-Speed Manual
gear ratios :1