- The benchmark for absolute speed: in 1911 Bob Burman achieves a top speed of 228.1 km/h in the Benz 200 hp
- The record-breaking car overtakes the fastest locomotives and is twice as fast as aircraft
- The record set by the “Blitzen-Benz” in Daytona remains unbeaten for eight years
Stuttgart/Daytona – 228.1 km/h: this breathtaking speed marked the absolute world record achieved by Bob Burman in the record-breaking Benz 200 hp during a record attempt over a mile with flying start at Daytona Beach Florida on 23 April 1911. Over the kilometre with flying start, the car reached an equally impressive 226.7 km/h (140.864 mph).
The “Blitzen-Benz”, as the record-breaking car was called in the USA, finally proved in Daytona that it was the fastest car in the world: Burman drove the Benz 200 hp at a speed which was twice as fast as that of the aircraft of the time. The rail vehicle record of 210 km/h, set in 1903, was also overtaken: thanks to the Benz 200 hp, the motor car succeeded in superseding the railway as the fastest mode of transport. And the white record-breaking car – now decorated in America with a German Imperial Eagle as its logo – was so fast that no-one was able to challenge its position. Burman’s world record with the “Blitzen-Benz” was to remain unbeaten by any other vehicle for a period of eight years. It was not until 12 February 1919 that Ralph de Palma was able to set a new world record, reaching a speed of 241.2 km/h (149.875 mph) over the mile with flying start in his Packard at Daytona Beach.
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