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Developed from the DB-600 engine first produced in November 1937, the DB-600 series was used primarily in Messerschmitt Bf 109 and Bf 110 fighters. In 1939, a Messerschmitt 209V1, using a DB-605ARJ engine, set a world's record of 755 km/hr (469.22 mph) which was not broken by a propeller driven aircraft until 1969.
Inverted mounting provided better visibility, lower center of gravity, and improved maintenance access. In the Bf 109, a cannon was mounted between the engine banks and fired through a propeller hub. The DB-601A in the Bf 109E, used fuel injection instead of a carburetor, a great asset in combat since the engine did not cut out under negative g forces. This engine was also used in some Heinkel 111s and license-built versions in the Macchi MC.202 Folgore and several Japanese aircraft.
Of the 74,896 DB 600 series engines, 42,405 DB 605 engines were produced, more than any other model.
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- Type: Reciprocating, inverted V, 12 cylinders, liquid-cooled, geared drive
- Power rating: 1,100 kW (1,475 hp) at 2,800 rpm
- Displacement: 35.7 L (2,179 cu in.)
- Bore and Stroke: 154 mm (6.1 in.) x 160 mm (6.3 in.)
- Weight: 745 kg (1,642 lb)