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Wilhelm Maybach

Wilhelm ( help · info ) ( German [ˈvɪlhɛlm ˈmaɪbax] ; 9 February – 29 December 1929) was an early engine designer and industrialist. the 1890s he was hailed in France, the world centre for car production, as the of constructors.

From the late century Wilhelm Maybach, with Gottlieb Daimler. light, high-speed internal engines suitable for land, and air use. These were to the world’s first motorcycle, and after Daimler’s death, to a new introduced in late 1902, the model, built to the specifications of Jellinek .

Maybach rose to technical director of the Daimler Gesellschaft. or DMG, (and known by the English name of the separate English business, The Motor Company ) but he did not get on well its chairmen. As a result Maybach DMG in 1907 to found Maybach-Motorenbau together with his son Karl in they manufactured Zeppelin After the signing of the Versailles in 1919 the company started large luxury vehicles, as Maybach. The company joined the war effort in 1940, ceasing production in favour of tank including those for Tiger .

In 1998 Daimler-Benz merged Chrysler Corporation to become The new company revived the Maybach name as a luxury make in On November 25, 2011, Daimler-Benz they would cease automobiles under the Maybach name in 2013. [ 1 ]


life and career beginnings to 1869) [ edit ]

Wilhelm was born in Heilbronn. Baden-Württemberg in the son of a carpenter and his wife Luise. He had brothers. When he was eight old the family moved from near Heilbronn to Stuttgart. His died in 1856 and his father in

After his relatives published an in the Stuttgarter Anzeiger newspaper, a institution at Reutlingen took in as a student. Its founder and director, Werner. discovered Maybach’s inclination and helped to stimulate his by sending him to the school’s engineering At 15 years old (1861), Maybach was for a career in Industrial design and extra classes in physics and at Reutlingen’s public high

By the time he was 19 years old, he was a designer working on stationary His workshop manager, Gottlieb then 29, noticed his efforts and him on as his main assistant, a post he until Daimler’s death in

Daimler and Otto’s four-stroke (1869 to 1880) [ edit ]

In Maybach followed Daimler to Karlsruhe AG in Karlsruhe. a manufacturer of locomotives. Daimler was on the Executive and they spent long discussing new designs for engines, lumber machinery, and metalworking.

In Daimler moved to Deutz-AG-Gasmotorenfabrik in then the world’s largest of stationary gas engines. Nikolaus part owner of the company, on engine development with Maybach joined them as Designer.

In 1876, Nikolaus patented the Otto cycle It was a four-stroke cycle gas internal engine with intake, power, and exhaust strokes. patent on this engine was challenged and overturned.

Also in Maybach was sent to show engines at the Philadelphia World’s (USA). On returning to Cologne in he concentrated on improving the four-stroke to get it ready for its impending commercial

In 1878, Maybach married Wilhelmine Habermaas a friend of wife, Emma Kunz. Her members were landowners who ran the office in Maulbronn. On 6 July Karl Maybach was born, the of their three sons.

In Daimler and Otto had serious which resulted in Daimler Deutz-AG. Daimler received goldmarks in Deutz-AG shares as for patents granted to him and Maybach. also left shortly and followed his friend to found a new in Cannstatt .

Daimler Motors: and small engines (1882) [ ]

Daimler’s summer house

In 1882, Maybach moved to in Cannstatt, Stuttgart where had purchased a house with goldmarks from his Deutz They added a brick to the glass-fronted summer house in the which became their

Their activities alarmed the who suspected they were in counterfeiting. The police raided the in their absence using the key, but found only

In 1884, Maybach’s second Adolf was born.

The Grandfather engine (1885) [ edit ]

By the end of Maybach and Daimler developed the of their engines, which is as a precursor to all modern petrol It featured:

single horizontal

air cooling

large cast-iron

revolutionary hot tube ignition 28022)

exhaust valve by a camshaft allowing high

a speed of 600 rpm. when at the most engines could achieve about 120 to 180 rpm.

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In they created the first which mixed evaporated with air to allow its efficient use as It was used that year on a but still compact version of the now with a vertical cylinder, featured:

1 Horsepower at 600 rpm output

100 cc displacement

non cooled insulated with unregulated hot-tube (patent DRP-28-022)

Daimler it the Standuhr (Grandfather Clock ) of its resemblance to a pendulum clock.

Replica of the Reitwagen

In November Daimler installed a smaller of the engine into a wooden creating the first motorcycle 36-423 — Vehicle gas or petroleum engine), and Maybach it three kilometers from to Untertürkheim. reaching 7.5 mph (12 km/h). It known as the Reitwagen .

On 8 March the inventors took a stagecoach by Wilhelm Wimpff Sohn the house, telling the neighbours it was a birthday gift for Mrs. Maybach supervised the installation of an 1.5 hp Grandfather Clock engine the coach, and installed a belt to the wheels. The vehicle reached 10 mph (15 when tested on the road to

Maybach and Daimler went on to the engine in many other including:

On water (1887). It was in a 4.5-metre-long boat which 6 knots (11 km/h). The boat was the Neckar after the river it was on and was registered as patent number DRP Motor boat engines become their main until the first decade of the

More road vehicles, street cars

In the air. built the first motorized a balloon based on designs by Dr. Hermann Wölfert from They replaced his hand drive system and flew Seelberg successfully on 10 August

By 1887 they were their first patents and Maybach represented the company at the Paris Exposition Universelle .

First Daimler-Maybach automobile (1889) [ edit ]

Steel Automobile 1889

· high four-stroke petrol engine

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