Audi Museum 2
Yes, Horch expands even into the class of V12 engines. One compares oneself more likely with Maybach than with Mercedes. In the image a sports convertible with 6.1 liter displacement and 88 kW (120 HP).
DKW is by no means the rear. After all, this company has survived the longest of the four ...
Wanderer seems to have the upper hand through more development work.
Audi and Wanderer compete for second place.
Here again the explanation of the four rings. The upper class is undoubtedly represented by Horch.
So here again from the side. Take a look at the left cylinder including its oddly shaped piston. Above and below of this piston, pressure is produced similar to a compressor. In order to supply the two cylinders on the right. On the other side, it is exactly the same.
You probably figured that this is a V6. Far from it, it's a V4 two-stroke engine with charge pump, recognizable by the strange pistons at the front.
Here a more normal dashboard, incidentally in unrestored condition. 2.3 liter displacement adds up to 37 kW (50 HP) distributed at six in-line cylinders. Important here is still the front-wheel drive, which is available except at DKW even at Audi, but not only.
It is not easy for the Audi brand in the brand association founded in 1932. It must switch to the upper middle class and must let Horch the precedence in the upper class.
Two liters displacement of the Wanderer six-cylinder drives with 29 kW (40 HP) the front axle, and Audi relinquish to Horch so the upper class.
From 1933 Audi builds cars with front-wheel drive for the middle class. This concept will prevail really even in the upper class until the last third of the century. But not as a front-mid engine like here.
A beautiful Gläser convertible, but the technology base is even more important.
Once again, an Audi, this time marked by the affiliated group. The 2-liter six-cylinder engine with 29 kW (40 HP) comes from Wanderer and the front-wheel drive from DKW since 1933.
The company Gläser builds these beautiful bodies in Dresden. As long as a car consists of frame and body there are several such companies alone already in Germany. Here, then finally again to see an Audi, this time as a convertible. It has with 2 liters displacement 29 kW 40 HP), but at least six cylinders.
Here it is 'only' the Audi respectively Wanderer six-cylinder, however, as a front-mid engine mounted longitudinally behind the front axle and this driving. With 37 kW (50 HP) the car looks finally a little faster than it is.
The body actually originates from Horch, the place under the long hood an eight-cylinder in-line engine.
A longest possible hood fits naturally to the elegant Audi Cabriolet, at whose booth the flow of visitors probably not stopped at the IAA 1935.
This engine is for the time quite modern. We know with the eight cylinders today hardly little else than V-engines, but here this is something new. Ford has just three years ago introduced the first mass-V8 on the market. But this engine here represents already a further development.
The body is made from Horch in Zwickau, what makes it look not quite as elegant as that of coachbuilders. There are not many companies delivering cars completely. Mentioned should also on this model, the transition from the rigid front axle to independent suspension.
The car itself with the type designation 830 BI is relatively modest equipped for a Horch with a 'little' eight-cylinder, which one builds in V shape. So from just under 4 liters displacement arise 68 kW (92 HP), good for 125 km/h.
The tricolor makes us think of France and to the person who the car used sometimes for official occasions, General De Gaulle, later president.
Here, the engine with the Roots blower. It is (for the first time in a GP car) mounted centrally and, together with the tank ensures a uniquely favorable center of gravity distribution.
Ferdinand Porsche invented it in his newly founded company. His staff have designed it and the dictatorship of the Third Reich has given money to do so.
Here you can see the V-engine with 16 cylinders supercharged and (this year) with 6 liters of displacement performing about 382 kW (520 HP). Even more impressive for the time, the torque of 850 Nm.
This is the Auto Union Type C 'Grand Prix', which we have placed in the year of its absolute greatest racing successes though it existed before.
A Wanderer as so-called "two-window" convertible. Meant, of course, here are the discs on one side. The engine (designed by Porsche) has with 2 liter displacement 6 cylinders. Feature is the block of light metal.
It does not just apply to be particularly aerodynamic, a fashion of that time, but should have had by a second, very high-lying transverse leaf spring stable roadholding. Otherwise these DKW body is also made of wood.
Here a car, in which the engine is installed. Although there are at DKW two-stroke engines only, but the may have, depending on the model front or rear drive. With front drive this car would have been probably too front heavy.