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First high-speed engine

The first high-speed engine was built in 1885 by Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach. This gasoline engine with a standing cylinder resembled a grandfather clock. It delivered 1.1 hp at 650 rpm. Thanks to its small size and weight of around 92 kg, it was used in the first wheel vehicles, which were built on the base of carriages. In 1886, the engine was also used in a test boat powered by a motor, which had its first cruise on the Neckar river in Germany.

Two years later, the engine was used to build a motorboat called “Marie” for German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck. The engine was used in a draisine and a flying machine – Friedrich Hermann Wölfert’s zeppelin. Thus, Gottlieb Daimler’s dream of the engine power propelling land, water, and air vehicles came true.

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