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Germany's Kraftfahrzeug 11, Auto-Union/Horch Typ 830, Kfz 11 car

Design

The Kraftfahrzeug 11 started out as the Auto-Union/Horch Typ 830 commercial car. In the 1920s and 1930s several different bodies were tried.

The Kfz 11 was rear wheel driven.

The Kfz 11 was outfitted with large tires to improve its cross country capabilities.

Body

Early models had the body made from wood, but this was later replaced by sheet metal doors. It had a canvas cover for over the driver and passengers.

Production

  • Kraftfahrzeug 11:
    • Production: ? - 1937

Usage

Many of the Kfz 11s were used to tow light guns and as radio cars for commanders.

Specifications

  Kraftfahrzeug 11
Crew 1
Passengers  
Radio  
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 2,178 lb, 2,183 lb
990 kg
Length 15' 9"
4.8 m
Height 6' 1"
1.85 m
Width 5' 11"
1.8 m
Ground clearance  
Ground pressure  
Armament  
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Engine (Make / Model) 1: Horch
Bore / stroke  
Cooling  
Cylinders V-8
Capacity 2.98 l
Net HP 70
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type) ZF Aphon
4 forward, 1 reverse
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type) Gasoline
Octane  
Quantity  
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 46.85 mph
75 kph
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road  
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Fording depth 1' 4"
0.4 m
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type)  
Tires 6.0x18
Wheelbase 10' 6"
3.2 m

Sources:

  1. The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II, Chris Bishop, 1998
  2. Armored Fighting Vehicles, 300 of the World's Greatest Military Vehicles, Philip Trewhitt, 1999
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site