Diesel Engine Celebrates 120th Anniversary Today

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It’s February 23 1892 and Rudolph Diesel obtains the first patent for the engine that uses his name, with the German engineer needing another year to build the first working prototype.
Diesel was not one of those engineers who sit in their mental cubical playing with figures and drawings - he was also a social theorist, as he wanted his inventions to serve a social purpose. In fact the diesel engine was born from the man’s desire to offer independent craftsmen a piece of hardware that allowed them to be competitive and challenge the industry.

And if we take a look at oil burners today, we can’t help notice that they have ended up serving a social purpose - think about it: diesel have evolved from being work horses to going under the hood of modern, refined cars and now, thanks to German carmakers, they’re starting to become important names on the performance vehicles arena. Thank you Rudolf!
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