Rudolf Diesel passed a century ago – but his idea is still living. The history of the diesel engine.
The history of the diesel engine starts in the late 19th century: Propelled by his vision of an “ideal heat-driven machine”, the young engineer Rudolf Diesel spent day and night back then at his drawing board. Pushing himself to the brink of exhaustion, he tirelessly sketched his drawings, pondered calculations, and optimized an entirely new engine design until he finally found the perfect solution. Sponsoring the inventor was the Maschinenfabrik Augsburg, the predecessor to today’s MAN, which had recognized the potential of Diesel’s idea early on. The diesel engine has been a success ever since.