Particularly important for Gottlieb Daimler were his connections abroad. The ones to France, the UK and Austria (-Hungary) he had made ??during his time at Deutz. The connection to William Steinway came through Wilhelm Maybach, whose brother was learning the trade of piano maker there, and then practiced it as a profession. Later there were the (separated) Daimler companies in the UK and Austria. In the latter, his son Paul matured to chief constructor before no one less than Ferdinand Porsche followed.
No, a Daimler company would not exist in France. Panhard and Levasseur took over his engine patent and passed engines to Peugeot. Every engine produced there bore the appropriate information sign, even if the car was marked as System Panhard. So the was taken engine and the chassis was already modified early on . So mid-mounted engines and even front engines, variable-speed gearboxes despite a spring system, differentials and a kind of cooling were developed, much of it according to the requirements of the constructing engineer Emile Mayade.Abroad, things seemed to work better for Gottlieb Daimler than at home. Not only the severe illness of his wife burdened him, also the further development of his company. Daimler's capital did not seem to recover as quickly through the income from patents that it would be sufficient for the establishment of a production facility. So he founded, together with Max Duttenhofer and Wilhelm Lorenz as main shareholders, a capital company in 1890. He managed in any case to keep his business relationships to France out of it.
It came as it had to, the funders were after quick profits and did not notice the fundamental importance of the invention. Chief engineer Max Schroedter developed in a different direction than requested from Daimler. Maybach was the first to leave and soon both found themselves with a number of employees in the garden hall of the disused spa hotel Hermann in a beautiful setting similar idyllic as the first retreat, but much larger.
Retreats appeared to have an inspiring effect. This seemed to apply especially to Wilhelm Maybach, to whom significant developments were attributed for the first time. Two-and even four-cylinder engines were created. Daimler himself secured the patent, however, to the very space-consuming multi-speed belt drive. Instead of the surface carburetor came the spray-nozzle carburetor with float chamber. Maybe it was also Schroedter's competition that inspired Maybach. However, this was not true for the Daimler Motor Company, whose balance sheets increasingly continued to deteriorate due to a malformation. 07/13