This car really has hardly any similarity with those from the days of carriages. It is the result of successful cooperation between the consul Jellinek and the Mercedes construction department at Wilhelm Maybach. As the successor of the first Simplex of 1901 it has already 29 kW (40 hp) instead of 26 kW (35 hp). Jellinek requires just alwaysfaster cars to win races and the millionaires in southern France move to buy. He even sold to some a performance-enhanced model after another as he overtakes them at seemingly random encounters in the mountains with respectively the newer model.
The Simplex models are lighter than their predecessors, with lowering of the power train, significantly lower center of gravity and more wheelbase. Pressed steel prevails, instead of the usual combination of steel and wood. The engine is cast of aluminum and grows from model to the next in displacement. The level of speed is even slightly increased of 900 rpm to now 1,100 rpm with the model of 1901. With a curb weight of just over 1,000 kg the racing version realize a a for the time breathtaking acceleration. The most powerful will later in a kilometer accelerate to nearly 90 km/h and 120 km/h fast. 07/08