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.

Story by DaimlerChrysler

In Detail

engineWater-Cooled, Phoenix Inline-4
positionFront Longitudinal
valvetrain2 Valves per Cyl, Itake Uncontrolled
displacement4398 cc / 268.4 in³
bore100 mm / 3.94 in
stroke140 mm / 5.51 in
power11.2 kw / 15 bhp @ 720 rpm
specific output3.41 bhp per litre
body / framePressed Steel Frame
front brakesNone
f brake sizemm / in
rear brakesDrums w/Output Shaft Brake Band
r brake sizemm / in
steeringWorm & Nut
f suspensionRigid Axle w/Semi-Elliptic Springs
r suspensionRigid Axle w/Semi-Elliptic Springs
transmission4-Speed Manual
gear ratios:1