3,099 Like 218 Dislike
The Blitzen-Benz was purpose built to do just one thing, to break speed records (not racing), and it did repeatedly from 1909 through 1911. (Edited version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ga2HtUHzUuw ) Its speed of 228.1km/h (141.73mph) on April 23rd, 1911, driven by Bob Burman at Daytona Beach, stood as a record until 1919. Twice the speed of the fastest airplane, (12 April, 1911, Alfred Leblanc @ 69.442mph/111.801kph in a Blériot Blériot) and even shattering the record speed of 210km/h set by a locomotive in 1903. This record was not even officially broken in an airplane until 1920! Of the six originally built, this is one of only two that exist today, and is displayed at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany. While the extended and nuanced effort required to start the Blitzen-Benz on a cool coastal morning can try the patience of some viewers, its historical significance and ground-breaking engineering brilliance still place it amongst the greatest motor-vehicle achievements of all time, and the dozens witnessing this effort felt it was one of the highlights of many great moments at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2011. Here's a great collection of vintage and modern images of the Blitzen-Benz and other historic speed record contenders: http://www.flickriver.com/photos/tags/blitzenbenz/interesting/ Specs: displacement 21500 cc / 1312.0 in³ bore 185 mm / 7.28 in stroke 200 mm / 7.87 in compression 5.8:1 power 149.1 kw / 200 bhp @ 1600 rpm specific output 9.3 bhp per litre bhp/weight 137.93 bhp per tonne
29. Januar 1886 An diesem Tag hat Carl Benz den Patent Motorwagen Nummer 1 Patentieren lassen welcher bis heute als erstes alltagstaugliches Automobil gilt. Dieser Motorwagen ist ein originalgetreuer Nachbau. Ein paar Fakten: Leistung: 0,90 PS/662 W bei 400/min Hubraum: 954 cm³ Gewicht: 265kg Höchstgeschwindigkeit: 16km/h Verbrauch ca.10l/100km January 29, 1886 On this day, Carl Benz patent motor car number 1 Patenting leave which is still regarded as the first automobile for everyday use. This motor car is an exact replica. A few facts: Power: 0.90 hp / 662 W at 400 / min Displacement: 954 cc Weight: 265kg Maximum speed: 16km / h Ca.10l consumption / 100km
I got to drive the world's first car (replica), patented by Benz in 1886 Check out the series on new safety features: http://ve42.co/MB This video is sponsored by Mercedes-Benz, who invited me to come to Stuttgart to see their latest cars, crash test facilities and experience the innovations they are working on. Physics is something that is directly applicable to car safety. Cars go fast, but they also sometimes collide with obstacles, which brings them to a sudden stop, subjecting the car and occupants to very high accelerations, which can cause injury or death. So the major idea to improve car safety is to reduce these accelerations and there are a number of ways to do this: Passive safety: Seat belts: keep passengers in the vehicle, preventing them from continuing with constant velocity, flying through the windshield and suffering a worse deceleration when they make contact with the road. Crumple zones: increase the distance over which deceleration occurs, thereby reducing peak magnitude of deceleration. Air bags: increase the distance over which the head decelerates, again reducing peak magnitude of deceleration of the head. Active Safety: Anti-lock braking system: rather than 'locking' the wheels as can happen if you slam on the brakes with a traditional braking system leading to the tires skidding across the road, ABS attempts to control the amount of braking so that the tires always roll with static friction in contact with the road. This increases the backward frictional force that can be applied to the tires, again increasing the distance over which deceleration occurs, and it gives the driver an opportunity to steer to avoid the collision (hence why it's referred to as an active safety system). Special thanks to Mercedes for having me visit facilities in Stuttgart. I had a lot of fun making these videos so please do check out the series on Mercedes Benz's channel: http://ve42.co/MB Filmed by Simon Schneider Edited by Hoplite Creative and Trevor Carlee
This is redneck ingenuity in its purist form. An old car frame, some tired iron, a few belts and pulleys and away we go. Builder/operator unknown. This was captured at the Santa Fe Trail Tired Iron Show west of Larned Ks. Oct 11, 2008 ***************** Permission has been granted to NBC Comcast Entertainment Group to use the video 'Redneck GoCart' on the SYFY channel on the "Insane or Inspired" series begining Friday May 25th, 2012. This video is supposed to appear in 'Motorized Moments' on June 22nd, 2012. Update: This did appear on SYFY's "Insane or Inspired" June 22nd, 2012. It came in as number 7 of the top 25 most outragous backyard creations. ******* Are you a Redneck fan? Check out: Redneck Can Crusher Also: Redneck Biplane
"It spins like a top." That's how Adams-Farwell described the engine. This Adams-Farwell Series 6 40/45 hp touring car, with a 5 cylinder engine of 490.9 cu in (8,044 cc) and coachwork by Connolly Carriage & Buggy Co. (1906) is the only known Adams-Farwell in existence. It is on display at the National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nevada. Automotive Collections Manager, Jay Hubbard, points out some of the features of this exceptionally unusual car, and fires her up for a spin to let visitors at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance enjoy its mechanical brilliance.
This is rare footage of the world's first car's engine igniting & running.
After developing a successful gas-powered two-stroke piston engine in 1873, Karl Benz focused on developing a motorized vehicle. His Patent Motorwagen (or Motor Car), introduced in 1886, is widely regarded as the first purpose-built automobile, that is a vehicle designed from the ground up to be motorized. Benz unveiled it officially on July 3, 1886 on the Ringstraße in Mannheim, Germany. The vehicle was patented with German patent number 37435, which Benz applied for on January 29, 1886.