Opel returns to Lyon for centenary demo of 1914 Grand Prix

Article by Andrew Christian, on May 7, 2014

A century after Opel participated in the Grand Prix de Lyon, the carmaker is returning for the event, taking part in the centenary demonstration with the same Grand Prix cars it used 100 years ag with the participation of the Opel “Green Monster” powered by a 12.3-liter engine providing 260 hp and 700 Nm torque.

The 1914 Grand Prix de Lyon is comprised of cars from 14 carmakers from six countries – all seeking to complete and conquer this 750-kilometer race. Opel’s cars for the 1914 Grand Prix de Lyon were piloted by Carl Jörns, the undisputed number 1 at Rüsselsheim, and Emil Erndtmann and Franz Breckheimer.

All three Opel drivers were accompanied by ‘riding mechanics,’ who were tasked to monitor the meters and gauges. The riding mechanics were also tasked to hike fuel pressure in the tank with a hand pump if necessary and to provide assistance during pit stops while dealing with any unscheduled occurrences or unforeseen incidents.

According to the new regulations implemented in 1914, Grand Prix cars should be powered by 4.5-liter engines and should have a weight limit of 1,100 kilograms. Back then Opel cars were also bearing impressive technology, as they are powered by engines having four valves per cylinder with a vertical drive shaft and overhead camshaft.

The race also had drivers use a universal-shaft drive. The Opel racecars feature torpedo-shaped bodies that allowed them to reach a maximum speed of 160 km/h. Only their rear wheels had brake drums that were activated by a hand-brake lever. There is also a foot-pedal brake for a small drum on the drive shaft.

The cars also have non-synchronized four-speed gearbox. Providing support for Opel’s drivers was Friedrich Opel, son of founder Adam. The Grand Prix took place for specially prepared public roads closed to public – spanning 36.7 km from start to finish. That meant that drivers had to make 20 laps before they could complete the race. [source: Opel]

Topics: opel

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Login or Create new account to add a comment!

Recommended

Carbon fiber has become a trend for cars nowadays. It is like the “diet pill” for cars. The car’s weight can be reduced greatly when certain parts or even entire...
by - July 21, 2016
The new Acura EV Concept will be fielded in the Electric Modified Class at the 2016 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, as powered by an evolved version of the...
by - July 13, 2016
The 24 Hours of Le Mans or sometimes called the “Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency” is an annual active sports car race held near the town of Le Mans...
by - July 1, 2016
Citroën Racing is continuing to develop their 2017 World Rally Car in Portugal, less than a month after the race. Kris Meeke and Stéphane Lefebvre achieved considerable mileage during the...
by - May 23, 2016
A distinct example of the 2017 Camaro SS 50th Anniversary Edition will be the pace car at the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. This version of the 2017 Camaro...
by - May 4, 2016