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Daimler Benz DB 602

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Daimler-Benz DB 602

The Daimler-Benz DB 602 was a German diesel cycle aero engine designed and built in the early 1930s. It was a liquid-cooled upright V16, and powered the two Hindenburg class airships. It has roughly the same displacement and weight of the Beardmore Tornado, which was used in the ill-fated R101, but has almost twice the power of the Tornado, showing Daimler-Benz's superior knowledge regarding diesel engine construction. Also, these engines, under designation MB 502, powered four Schnellboots of 1933 series S10...13 (three engines on each). Then, the engine was modified into V20 MB 501 of 2000 hp that had a variety of applications.



  • LZ 129 Hindenburg
  • LZ 130 Graf Zeppelin
  • Schnellboot 1933 series S10...13
  • Engines on display

    A preserved Daimler-Benz DB 602 is on display at the Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen.

    Specifications (DB 602)

    Data from Gunston.

    General characteristics

  • Type: 16-cylinder liquid-cooled 50° V16 aircraft diesel engine
  • Bore: 175 mm (6.89 in.)
  • Stroke: 230 mm (9.06 in.)
  • Displacement: 88.5 L (5,401 in³)
  • Dry weight: 1,976 kg (4,356 lb)
  • Components

  • Fuel system: Fuel injection
  • Cooling system: Liquid-cooled
  • Performance

  • Power output: 984 kW (1,320 hp)
  • Specific power: 808 kW (1,100 hp)
  • Power-to-weight ratio: 0.5 kW/kg (0.3 hp/lb)
  • References

    Daimler-Benz DB 602 Wikipedia

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