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1900 Mercedes 35HP Rennwagen

1900 Mercedes 35HP Rennwagen

1900 Mercedes 35HP Rennwagen

In 1900, Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschat (DMG) produced a special car, named after its horsepower. Emil Jellinek, DMG’s cheif designer, was responsible for the cars design and had Wilhelm Maybach engineer the first 3 racecars. In designing the car, Jellinek took a DMG design, halved its weight and increased the power by 25%. These were very welcomed attributes for an already competative DMG platform.

Upon recieving the first car, Emil named it after his daughter Mercedes Adrienne Manuela Jellinek. He quickly made plans to produce several more cars under his daughters name. Some of these cars were 4 seater tourers which offered racing performance for everyday driving.

What made this car special was its depart from tradional carriage making at the time. The long wheelbase and wider track distinguished this car from the competition. Additional modern design features included a pressed-steel frame, honeycomb radiator and a gate-style transmission mounted behind the engine and clutch. From the very first car foward, the Mercedes brand was a innovative one.

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
engine M11644 Inline-4
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Front Longitudinal
valvetrain Natural
displacement 5913 cc / 360.8 in³
bore 116 mm / 4.57 in
stroke 140 mm / 5.51 in
power 26.1 kw / 35 bhp @ 1000 rpm
specific output 5.92 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 31.47 bhp per tonne
body / frame Steel Panels over Pressed-Steel Frame
front brakes None
f brake size mm / in
rear brakes Inside Show Brakes & External Band Brake
r brake size mm / in
f suspension Rigid Axle w/Semi-Elliptic Springs
r suspension Rigid-Axle w/Semi-Elliptic Springs
curb weight 1112 kg / 2452 lbs
wheelbase 2325 mm / 91.5 in
front track 1400 mm / 55.1 in
rear track 1400 mm / 55.1 in
transmission 4-Speed Gated Manual
gear ratios :1
top speed ~86 kph / 53.4 mph