THE WORLD OF MAYBACH

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OUR HISTORY YOUR FUTURE

Wilhelm and Karl Maybach were pioneers. Their life's work was creating revolutionary means of power and mobility. Their vision was guided by the mantra: what's good must also be beautiful. Their inventions established design and aesthetic standards that are still relevant today and their drive to innovate begat luxury. Their story of technical design sovereignty serves as an inspiration to the next generation of change-makers

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1883

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2020

In 1883, Wilhelm Maybach designed the first hi-speed internal combustion engine, then went on to motorize the first cycle and boat with it before completing his meisterwerk: the first Mercedes, effectively the first modern automobile. The Mercedes ushered in an era of disruption that moved us from steam power to internal combustion. His son Karl founded the Maybach Motorwerke and its powerful uber-luxury Maybach cars of the 1920s and 30s. Lesser known is his pioneering work powering boats and high-altitude aircraft including the early Zeppelins. Karl is credited with constructing the world's first aerodynamic, hi-speed "flying" train which topped out at 205 km per hour, a speed not to be surpassed for forty years. 

 

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