Any analysis of the most spectacular accomplishments of recent centuries will make frequent mention of a technical development which has changed the world from the ground up – the automobile. Working independently, Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz were the brains behind the first automobiles, which turned their wheels first in 1886. A combination of their brilliant inventions and the input of equally inspired partners such as Wilhelm Maybach helped to get the world on the move.
Driving them forward, so to speak, was a highly explosive mixture of curiosity, a thirst for knowledge, and a sixth sense for technical feasibility. Together, these attributes opened the door to a succession of spectacular developments and allowed the long unfulfilled dream of individual mobility to finally become a reality.