| What you see here to your right is the original diesel motor as build by Rudolf Diesel at the MAN company in Augsburg 1905. It is basically still running everyday at the MAN factory museum.
Rudolph Diesel was born on March 18, 1858 in Paris. On September 4, 1870 Rudolph’s family moved to England. In late November they decided it would be better for Rudolph to continue his schooling in Germany so he moved there on his own and stayed with a young professor. The problems Rudolph was trying to solve were the noise, size and unreliability of the steam engine.
He wanted to create something that superheated ammonia gas could take the place of steam in a steam engine. In 1878, Rudolf Diesel was attending the Polytechnic High School of Germany (the equivalent of an engineering college) when he learned about the low efficiency of gasoline and steam engines. This disturbing information inspired him to create an engine with a higher efficiency, and he devoted much of his time to developing a "Combustion Power Engine". He wanted to enable much higher compression pressures to be used than was able with conventional steam engines.
In this way he could make greater use of heat energy. Rudolph was 32 when he finally accomplished his goal of creating the first ever Diesel Engine.
By 1892 Diesel had obtained a patent for what we now call the diesel engine.
To your left one of the latest, most likely the most advanced diesels ever build: the Audi V10 Diesel in the R15 Audi race car. Todays hightec diesel having nothing in common with Rudolf Diesels first motor except the principal of how an diesel motor works. Diesel engines are cleaner than ever before, and in the next few years the diesel industry will virtually eliminate key emissions associated with on- and off-road diesel equipment. This environmental progress is the result of the new clean diesel system - combining clean diesel fuel, advanced engines and effective exhaust-control technology.
With the new Audi R15 TDI, AUDI AG has set its sights on clinching yet another victory at the 24-Hour Race at Le Mans . The vehicle is the first second-generation diesel-powered racing sports car and features numerous technical innovations with which Audi is set to demonstrate Vorsprung durch Technik yet again.
At the 12-Hour Race at Sebring (USA), this was already impressively achieved: In its first ever race, the R15 TDI won straight away.