Daimler-Benz was formed in 1926 when Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft (the parent company of Mercedes) merged with Benz. The company quickly entered the liquid-cooled V-12 market with the F2 in 1927.
The famous Daimler-Benz inverted-vee V-12 engines had their start with the DB 600 of 1934. Direct fuel injection was introduced with the DB 601 which gave the Luftwaffe an edge over the RAF during the Battle of Britain...the DB 601 was unaffected by negative g's.

By 1944, Daimler-Benz engines were so important to the Luftwaffe that it ran 8 major factories with 6 more being run by other organizations.

Daimler-Benz was rebuilt after World War II focusing on the automotive market.

1985: The company re-enters the aerospace market with the acquisition of Dornier.

1989: Daimler-Benz acquires Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm (MBB). Deutsche Aerospace (DASA) is formed to manage the aerospace activities of Daimler-Benz (Dornier and MBB).

1998: Daimler-Benz Aerospace changes its name to Daimler Chrysler Aerospace.

1999/2000: Daimler Chrysler Aerospace joins with Aerospatiale Matra and CASA to form the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS).


Daimler-Benz DB 605

The DB 605 was introduced in 1942 as a successor to the DB 601. Like the DB 601, the DB 605 had direct fuel injection as well as a fluid clutch drive for the supercharger that turned the blower slowly at sea level but reduced the slippage to almost zero at altitude.


  • DB 605AM: 1,800 hp (1342 kW) with water/methanol injection


  • Twelve cylinder, inverted-vee piston engine Liquid-cooled
  • Displacement: 2,179 cubic inches (35.7 litres)

used by

  • Messerschmitt BF109