NSU Delphin III (Wilhelm Herz)


Date Location Driver Driver Country Vehicle Power Speed over
1 Km
Speed over
1 Mile
4 Aug 1956 Bonneville,   USA Wilhelm Herz Germany NSU Delphin III IC 210.896    

With a 211-mph speed, the Delphin III was the first bike to cross the 200-mph threshold. It was part of a concentrated onslaught on Bonneville by the German manufacturer, which was fixed on taking a number of land speed records. Driven by Wilhelm Hertz in 1956, this 500cc German bike featured an experimental, three-lobe Wankel supercharger rotary device that helped to inspire the Wankel engine. Looking more like a fish out of water, than a motor bike, NSU reduced drag by redesigning the shape of the streamliner to give it its distinctive aerodynamic look.