Sunday, May 01, 2011
German engineer Carl Benz revolutionized mobility 125 years ago with his patent automobile. His invention of 1886 is regarded as the world’s first car, and is very reminiscent of a coach without the horse. At that time, this strange looking three-wheeler with a petrol engine certainly raised a few doubtful eyebrows. It had a single cylinder, with about 0.9 hp and a top speed of 12 km per hour. Nevertheless, Benz’ intrepid wife Bertha embarked on the first overland journey covering some 100 kilometers between Mannheim and Pforzheim.