1923 Mercedes Indianapolis


1923 Mercedes Indianapolis

1923 Mercedes Indianapolis

Paul Daimler’s last design for DMG: The engine of this car was based on the successful 10/40/65 hp racing car. This version was the first to be fitted with an oil cooler and with the crankshaft supported in roller bearings. The engine was screwed down to the chassis, which made the chassis more rigid. The first race it entered was the Indianapolis 500 mile race, USA. Due to a slippery track, Lautenschlager had an accident, and eventually Sailer and Werner came in 8th and 11th, the best results for European drivers and constructors. Driven by Salzer and Merz, the car also participated in several mountain races in Europe.

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In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
engineM 7294, Inline-4
positionFront Longitudinal
aspirationSupercharged
valvetrainDOHC 2 Valves per Cyl
displacement1989 cc / 121.4 in³
bore70 mm / 2.76 in
stroke129 mm / 5.08 in
compression7.5:1
power111.9 kw / 150 bhp @ 4800 rpm
specific output75.41 bhp per litre
body / framePressed Steel Frame
driven wheelsRWD
front tires4.5×29
rear tires4.5×29
front brakesDrums
f brake sizemm / in
rear brakesDrums
r brake sizemm / in
steeringWorm & Nut
f suspensionRigid Axle w/Pressed Steel Frame, Friction Dampers
r suspensionRigid Axle w/Pressed Steel Frame, Friction Dampers
wheelbase2655 mm / 104.5 in
front track1360 mm / 53.5 in
rear track1390 mm / 54.7 in
length3990 mm / 157.1 in
width1560 mm / 61.4 in
height1160 mm / 45.7 in
transmission4-Speed Manual
gear ratios:1
final drive3.50:1
top speed~190 kph / 118.1 mph