Diesel Engines


When, in 1919, the Treaty of Versailles prohibited German companies from producing aircraft equipment of any type, including engines therefore, Maybach-Motorenbau had to completely rethink its production literally overnight.

The development of a high-speed 150-bhp diesel engine and matching gearbox for use in a railcar was started. At the Seddin railway exhibition near Berlin in 1924, Maybach-Motorenbau, together with Eisenbahn-Verkehrsmittel-Aktiengesellschaft (E.V.A.) of Wismar, were able to unveil a diesel railcar which was subsequently bought by the German Imperial Railway which then proceeded to order 15 more. Maybach continued to develop its diesel engines and in so doing created the basis on which, in the thirties, the German Imperial Railway was able to build a railway network linking Berlin with the major cities of Germany that was the envy of the world. In 1933, the "Fliegender Hamburger" created quite a stir when it reached a speed of 160 km/h on the Berlin-Hamburg line. In 1934, Maybach brought out the world's first turbocharged high-performance diesel engine, the GO 6, which produced 650 bhp.

After the Second World War, Maybach developed the MD Series diesel engines which are still built today by MTU Friedrichshafen as the Series 538 (i. e. 5.38 liters per cylinder). Design features such as six valves per cylinder, overhead camshafts, disc-webbed crankshaft running on roller bearings, composite pressure-oil-cooled pistons and a modular-design welded steel crankcase all contributed to producing an engine with such power density that, although originally designed for railway use, it ultimately became unequaled as a power unit for high-speed naval and police craft.

In 1960, Daimler-Benz acquired a majority shareholding in the Friedrichshafen engine manufacturer. Six years later, Maybach-Motorenbau was merged with the heavy-duty engine arm of Daimler-Benz to form a new company, Maybach Mercedes-Benz Motorenbau GmbH. Finally, in 1969, a completely new name adorned the factory gates in Friedrichshafen: Motoren- und Turbinen-Union Friedrichshafen GmbH, or MTU for short. This was the result of an agreement between Daimler-Benz and MAN to merge their respective jet-engine operations into MTU München, and the high-speed diesel engines into the Friedrichshafen plant. Since that time, MTU Friedrichshafen has developed into a world leader in the production of high-quality drive systems for off-road and railway vehicles and propulsion systems for vessels, as well as electricity generation systems driven by diesel engines, gas turbines or using the new fuel cell and electrolysis technology. Around three quarters of the products now supplied are for export orders.

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