Benz 200HP Blitzen-Benz 

  • 1909
  • 200 HP 21.5L
  • 141 mph
Providing the thrust to match the rhetoric was the 150-hp engine from the grand-prix racer, yet even this output fell short of what was required to fulfill such an ambitious brief.
The high-standing, narrow radiator core was accommodated behind a brass grille, whose upper end formed an expansion tank pointing out sharply from the front of the car.

Road Tests Real world tests of the Benz 200HP Blitzen-Benz

Top speed

200HP Blitzen-Benz
141 mph
253 mph

Data points Key details of the Benz 200HP Blitzen-Benz


200HP Blitzen-Benz
200 HP
987 HP

Engine size

200HP Blitzen-Benz
21,500 cc
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2,000 cc
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2,457 cc

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Erle and Hemery made the car as narrow as possible in order to reduce wind resistance to a minimum, which explains why the gearshift and handbrake levers and the exhaust system were located outside the car body, with only bulges in the hood giving the exhaust rocker arms the space they required.
In the hour of need, the engineers fell back on a trusted method and bumped displacement up to 21.5 liters - setting a standard no other racing or record-chasing car produced by Benz & Cie. or Daimler Benz AG would ever reach again.

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Benz
Year 1909

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 15.98 lb/hp
Maximum hp 200 HP @ 1,600 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion


Displacement 21,500 cc
Air compressor None
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 5.8:1
Bore/stroke 7.28 in / 7.87 in
Valves per cylinder 2 valves

road tests

Top speed 141 mph


Drivetrain RWD w/Twin Chain Drive
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 4 gears

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,197 lb
Width 63 in
Height 50.4 in
Length 189.8 in
Front track width 52.4 in
Wheelbase 110.2 in
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