Blitzen Benz

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Blitzen Benz
ManufacturerBenz & Cie
AssemblyMannheim, Germany
Body and chassis
Body styleRoadster
LayoutFront engine, rear-wheel drive Dual-chain drive[1]
Engine21,504 cm3 (1,312.3 in3) I4[1]
Transmission4-speed manual gate-type shift[1]
Wheelbase2,800 mm (110.2 in)[2]
Length4,820 mm (189.8 in)[2]
Width1,600 mm (63.0 in)[2]
Height1,280 mm (50.4 in)[2]
Curb weight1,450 kg (3,196.7 lb)[2]
Rear view

The Blitzen Benz is a race car built by Benz & Cie in Mannheim, Germany, in 1909. In 1910 an enhanced model broke the world land speed record. It was one of six cars based on the Grand Prix car, but it had an enlarged engine, 21,504 cm3 (1,312.3 in3), 200 hp (149.1 kW) inline-four, and improved aerodynamics.

Of the six Blitzen Benzes ever made, only two survive—Mercedes-Benz owns one, while the other belongs to an American collector.[3]

At Brooklands on 9 November 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 kilometre.

At Brooklands on 24 June 1914, land speed racer British driver Lydston Hornsted, in Blitzen Benz No 3, set a record with an average speed of 200.7 kilometres per hour (124.7 mph) with 2 runs over a 1-mile course, under the new regulations of the Association International des Automobile Clubs Reconnus (AIACR).[4]

On 23 April 1911, Bob Burman recorded an average of 228.1 kilometres per hour (141.7 mph) over a full mile at Daytona Beach,[5] breaking Glenn Curtiss's unofficial absolute speed record, land, sea or air, set in 1907 on his V-8 motorcycle.[6] Burman's record stood until 1919.[5]

After 1914 the car was rebuilt for circuit racing, undergoing a number of revisions before it was broken up in 1923.[5]

A 1909 Benz 200 Blitzen Benz at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed


  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. ^ "The Blitzen-Benz". AutoSpeed. No. 360. December 6, 2005. Archived from the original on April 26, 2017. Retrieved March 26, 2015.
  4. ^ Northey, Tom (1974). "Land Speed Record: The Fastest Men on Earth". Tom Northey. World of Automobiles. Vol. 10 (London: Orbis), pp.1163.
  5. ^ a b c "The fastest car in the world: the 228.1-km/h "Blitzen-Benz"". Daimler AG. 17 March 2011. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2011-05-31.
  6. ^ Paul Garson (September 15, 2010). "Top 10 Weirdest Custom Motorcycles; Dimensionally challenged motorcycle mavericks".

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