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History - DKW 4

One would have to bet that, when Rasmussen turns to the car, then he tries to demonstrate his knowledge and preference for the steam engine. Especially after World War II trucks are probably needed, the can more useful be operated with steam. About a former fellow student, he hogged practically the knowhow of the Brothers Stanley, famous for their steam vehicles in USA.

The fact that then comes out an underfloor steam engine, powered with diesel, seems backwards thinking. But the diesel engine itself as a truck drive is not yet established. It seems as if the additional water consumption brings the final out of the steam engine. Even into the 50s some DKW buyer will ask where are coming from the three letters, the last remnant of a tortuous path, which is after all still caught in time.

Rasmussen seems to have been an outgoing and communicative person. The most important for the future seems to be to a certainHugo Rupp, son of a small car manufacturer and even company founder in this sector but not very successfully. This Mr. Rupp has actually built four-stroke engines into his cars. By the way, he developed a tiny two-stroke engine with only 18 cc and 0.1 HP.

Rasmussen's merit, it is possible to turn the advantages of this engine on larger tasks and thus to make a commercial success in thepost-war period. He employs Ruppe, redirects his licenses to the company and offers him a share each engine sold. This also includes the 1000, called toy motors, which go into production first.

All product names are coined to 'DKW'.

Under Rasmussen Ruppe constructs a bicycle auxiliary engine with 122 cc and 0.75 kW (1 hp). While the small engine is called 'The boy's desire', the other is called 'The small miracle, runs uphill as others down'. Possible fragmentations in the direction of four-stroke engine the boss allows not even to arise. This varying degree of business acumen will lead to a break between both a little later.

But first the sales successes of the bicycle engine are enormous, although the series production is not yet got under way. There are also difficulties with the flywheel magnets, the lack of participation by Bosch will be made of a Rasmussen own company. From this you may recognize, The group is growing. Rasmussen uses in the First World War earned money to expand its range of productions for it is still offered the pre-war range. 06/12