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    • Otto Mathé - exhibition - Automuseum Prototyp, Hamburg
    • Otto Mathé - exhibition - Automuseum Prototyp, Hamburg
    • Mathé Fetzenflieger and VW T1 Transporter - Automuseum Prototyp, Hamburg
    • The gear box in Otto Mathé's "Fetzenflieger" race car - Automuseum Prototyp, Hamburg
    • Otto Mathé - exhibition - Automuseum Prototyp, Hamburg

    Otto Mathé

    Otto Mathé - successful designer and racer

    Otto Mathé (1907 - 1995) was a mechanical engineer and therefore was able to use his experience as a successful designer of DIY projects. In 1952 he won all races in which he participated. There were 20 ...

    Resulting from his time as a bicycle and motorcycle racer Otto Mathé appreciated minimizing the friction losses between the chain and gears and devoted himself to the optimization of the internal lubrication of the engine, transmission and differential. Mathé developed and marketed his "Mathé Universal" as an additive for engine oil (lubricant additive) and received much approval among experts.

    A serious accident in 1934 in which he partially losts his right arm, put his successes as a motorcycle racer to an abrupt end. But Otto Mathé was not discouraged. In 1934 he developed the still used one-handed ski binding but never exploited the idea. Afterwards he invented the more common double safety ski binding, which he registered for patent.

    After the war, in addition Mathé opened the first cylinder and crankshaft grinding in Tirol, where he was doing most of the work himself. Ever since his apprenticeship Otto Mathé was occupied by the idea of ​​a rotary piston engine. In the early postwar period - a few years before the Wankel engine got to be known - he had built it himself.

    Quickly Otto Mathé became passionate about racing. At home and abroad he drove international races with the "Porsche-ancestor" the so-called "Berlin-Rom-Wagen" (Porsche Type 64). With his self-designed and built "Rag Flyerr" he defeated instantly world-famous professional racing drivers such as Hans Stuck sen., Huschke von Hanstein and Richard von Frankenberg, all of them driving their works cars. In 1952 Otto Mathé drove  twenty car races – with one arm! -  and was the winner in all 20 races.

    The majority of Otto Mathé’s car collection can be seen in our permanent exhibition: for example his MA-01 "Rag Flyer", the Cisitalia D46 racing car, with which in 1947 Hans Stuck won the first official German circuit racing at Hockenheim, the Delfosse DVD Streamline racing car, his VW T1 "Bulli", as well as original parts of the Porsche Type 64 (no. 2), from which the car museum PROTOTYPE rebuilt the second "Berlin-Rome car".