Blitzen Benz

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Blitzen Benz
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Manufacturer Benz & Cie
Production 1909
Assembly Mannheim, Germany
Body and chassis
Class Racecar
Body style Roadster
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive Dual-chain drive[1]
Engine 21,500 cm3 (1,312.0 in3) I4[1]
Transmission 4-Speed Manual Gate-type shift[1]
Wheelbase 2,800 mm (110.2 in)[2]
Length 4,820 mm (189.8 in)[2]
Width 1,600 mm (63.0 in)[2]
Height 1,280 mm (50.4 in)[2]
Curb weight 1,450 kg (3,196.7 lb)[2]

In 1909, the Blitzen Benz was built in Mannheim by Benz & Cie. The vehicle was one of six built with a 21,500 cm3 (1,312.0 in3), 200 hp (149.1 kW) inline four engine enlarged from the company's Grand Prix racer. The car was modified to improve its aerodynamics. At Brooklands on November 9, 1909, land speed racer Victor Hémery of France set a record with an average speed of 202.7 kilometres per hour (126.0 mph) over a kilometer. On April 23, 1911, Bob Burman recorded an average of 228.1 kilometres per hour (141.7 mph) over a full mile at Daytona Beach,[3] breaking Glenn Curtiss's unofficial absolute speed record, land, sea or air, set in 1907 on his V-8 motorcycle.[4] Burman's record stood until 1919.[3]

After 1914 the car was rebuilt for circuit racing, undergoing a number of revisions before it was broken up in 1923. Several other examples of the 200 hp have survived.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "1910 Benz 200HP Blitzen-Benz Specifications". Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "1909 Benz 200HP Blitzen-Benz Specs". Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  3. ^ a b c "The fastest car in the world: the 228.1-km/h “Blitzen-Benz”". Daimler AG. 17 March 2011. 
  4. ^ Garson, Paul (September 15, 2010), "Top 10 Weirdest Custom Motorcycles; Dimensionally challenged motorcycle mavericks", 

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