1903 Mercedes 60HP Simplex


1903 Mercedes 60HP Simplex

1903 Mercedes 60HP Simplex

The 90 hp car built for the Gordon Bennett Cup race was destroyed in the great factory fire at Cannstatt in 1903. After that, the DMG borrowedsome of its already sold 60 hp cars to let them run in the race. The race was won by the Belgian Camille Jenatzy. — Daimlerchrysler

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
engine M 14514, Cast Iron, Inline-4
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
valvetrain 2 Valves per Cyl
displacement 9293 cc / 567.1 in³
bore 140 mm / 5.51 in
stroke 51 mm / 2.01 in
compression 4.5:1
power 44.7 kw / 60 bhp @ 1060 rpm
specific output 6.46 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 60.12 bhp per tonne
redline 1150
body / frame Steel over Pressed-Steel Frame
driven wheels Chain Driven RWD
front tires 910 x 100
rear tires 920 x 125
front brakes None
f brake size mm / in
rear brakes Drums
r brake size mm / in
steering Worm & Nut
f suspension Rigid-Axle w/Semi-Elliptic Springs
r suspension Rigid-Axle w/Semi-Elliptic Springs
curb weight 998 kg / 2200 lbs
wheelbase 2750 mm / 108.3 in
front track 1410 mm / 55.5 in
rear track 1410 mm / 55.5 in
transmission 4-Speed Manual
gear ratios 4.0:1, 1.9:1, 1.13:1, 1.0:1, :1
top speed ~118 kph / 73.3 mph