1908 Benz 150 hp Racing Car

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Price 

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Production 

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Engine 

15 liter straight-4

Weight 

2646 lbs

Aspiration 

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Torque 

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HP 

158 hp @ 1500 rpm

HP/Weight 

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HP/Liter 

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1/4 mile 

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0-62 mph 

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Top Speed 

101 mph or 114 mph*

(from DaimlerChrysler Press Release)  Held on a road circuit near Dieppe, the French Grand Prix was considered to be the European motor sport event just after the turn of the century. Which is why, in 1908, Benz engineers Hans Nibel and Louis de Groulart, a Belgian, constructed three Grand Prix cars specially for this race under the supervision of Georg Diehl. Driven by Victor Héméry, René Hanriot and Fritz Erle, they took places two, three and seven, beaten only by Christian Lautenschlager in a Mercedes. Benz was incidentally the only team to have all its entrants complete the course.

Technically speaking, the 1908 Benz Grand Prix car corresponds to the racing car standard of the first decade of the century: 4-cylinder engine with siamesed cylinder pairs, V-valves, twin ignition. The maximum bore permitted by the regulations for the French Grand Prix (155 mm) was used to the full, which, combined with the extremely long stroke of 200 mm, gives more than 15 litres swept volume. The leaf-sprung rigid axles are suspended on a pressed-steel sectional frame. The braking system consists of foot-controlled outside band brakes that operate on the transmission shafts and hand-controlled drum brakes in the drive-chain sprockets. The front wheels have no brakes.

1909/10 the Grand Prix car incidentally formed the basis for the legendary „Blitzen Benz" - the then fastest land vehicle in the world.

Facts and Figures
Engine: water-cooled straight four with siamesed cylinder pairs, overhead valves, Benz updraught carburettor, magneto ignition system with two spark plugs per combustion chamber.
Bore x stroke: 154.9 x 200 mm.
Capacity: 15,095 cm³.
Output: 116 kW (158 hp) at 1,500 rpm.
Transmission system: 4-speed gearbox.
Length/Width/Height: 4,015/1,400/1,465 mm.
Tare weight: 1,200 kg.
Maximum speed: 162,9 km/h.*

*with Grand Prix step-up ratio; with the longest step-up ratio at the Daytona record week in 1909: 183.4 km/h.