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Grand Prix Racer
Chassis Num: 15961
Engine Num: 19159
 
Mercedes-Benz made a victorious return to Grand Prix racing in 1914 with this 115HP racer, which had just one overhead camshaft and no front brakes but a strong and reliable chassis. Lightweight materials were used throughout, techniques they had learned from the history with aircraft engine construction.

The 4.5-liter single overhead cam engine had four valves per cylinder, the first Daimler-Chrysler product to feature two exhausts and two intake valves in a single combustion chamber. With this setup, the engine easily exceeded the 3000 RPM limit, making it the sole vehicle that could achieve this feat.

At the 1914 French Grand Prix held at Lyons, Mercedes achieved first, second and third place victories. Christian Lautenschlager won the French Grand Prix with the Mercedes race car. Grand Prix restrictions for 1914 included a 2,425 lbs. maximum weight and a 4500cc maximum engine capacity. The engineering team focused on its recent development of aircraft engines to create a lightweight, efficient motor. With wins in the 1914 French Grand Prix, the 1915 Indy 500 and the 1922 Targa Florio, the 1914 Mercedes GP ranks among the most significant racing cars ever built.

After the French Grand Prix, one of the cars was sent to England to become a showroom display. Just after arriving in England, World War One broke out. Rolls-Royce used the opportunity to carefully study the engine. A short time later, the Rolls-Royce Hawk engine was introduced.

This particular example was raced by the Mercedes factory and then sold to Count Louis Zborowski, who continued to race it until 1922.
Grand Prix Racer
 
Five of these Mercedes Grand Prix cars lined up among the 37 cars at the start of the French Grand Prix near Lyon on July 4th of 1914, just weeks preceding the First World War. After 4 of the 20 laps, this car, driven by Theodore Pilette, was out, and by the 6th lap only three Mercedes remained in the race. The German team was not so popular with the partisan French crowds who supported the French-built Peugeots and Delages. Yet the Mercedes cars finished in first, second and third, the first time this had occurred in racing history.
The 1914 Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix car was a very advanced machine. It featured an engine with four valves per cylinder, and two exhaust and two intake valves in one combustion chamber. With this setup, the engine had a high RPM rate, with speeds exceeding 3000 revolutions-per-minute. The 4.5-liter powerplant offered 115 horsepower and the use of superior engine continued throughout the vehicle. Though mechanically advanced, it had a conservative and minimalistic design.

At the 1914 French Grand Prix held at Lyons, the Mercedes finished first, second and third. Just a short time later, World War 1 broke out.

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