Designed by Wilhelm Maybach, the Daimler 35 hp Mercedes from 1901 featured many design innovations that are still being used in cars today all over the world.
Wilhelm Maybach can be considered as the creator of the modern car. He was responsible for many of the innovations that would have a lasting influence on vehicle design. The 35 hp Mercedes from 1901 bears many of the design features one still finds today in cars all over the world.
In 1889 at the World Exposition in Paris, Gottlieb Daimler had installed thirty electric light bulbs around his stand, powered by current generated from his “illumination car”, a mobile mini power station equipped with Daimler engine and electricity generator. The light from his bulbs highlighted one exhibit in particular that had yet to achieve its breakthrough – the four-wheeled wire-wheel car.
The history of the “grandfather clock” engine goes back to the year 1882, when Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach began work in Cannstatt on a light-weight, high-speed, four-stroke engine. But the ignition represented a major challenge if they were to achieve higher engine speeds and thus a higher output compared with previous combustion engines. Maybach first concentrated on this problem, working through countless patent specifications before finally coming across the Englishman Watson’s uncontrolled hot-tube ignition system, which proved suitable for the high engine speeds they aspired to.