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1896 Grand Prix Season
Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
Champion Constructor: None
Putative Constructor: Panhard et Levassor Daimler (FR,0,1)
Champion Driver: None
Putative Driver: J. Frank Duryea (US) (0,2), Bousquet (FR) (0,1), Émile Mayade(FR,0,1), Albert Laumaillé (FR) (0,1)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model M2E, 1.19-liter, four-cylinder twin engine Daimler, four-speed, six horsepower (Émile Levassor).

French auto make Panhard et Levassor rises to the fore in the early dawn of global motorsport with its 1896 autumn victory at Paris-Marseilles-Paris under Émile Mayade, while American pilot Frank Duryea captures the Grand Prix putative drivers' title for the second consecutive season. Henry Ford produces his first automobile at Detroit, Michigan, USA in June. New Racing Makes: French Hippomobile (racing). French Audibert & Lavirotte. French De Dietrich. French Delahaye.

HeM applies the Putative Model to all racing seasons for two primary purposes: First, to effectively normalize all racing seasons for empirical comparison across the decades, and second, to step clear of series organizers which score season championships primarily out of commercial interest or to attract manufacturer participation. The Putative Model simply scores all seasons in the same fashion as a standard track and field meeting, with the only purpose of tracking what takes place at the finishing stripe If the Putative Champion differs from the nominal Series Champion, please note the (SC) notation below.

Panhard Levassor Daimler34     Bousquet12
Peugeot30     F. Duryea12
Duryea20     Laumaille12
Daimler13     Mayade12
De Dion (v)7     Michelin8
Hippomobile3     C. Duryea8
     Rossel8
     Merkel8

Noteworthy 1896 Races

1896 I Paris-Marseilles Grand Prix Paris, France1896 1896 I Paris-Marseilles Grand Prix At Paris for the Paris-Marseilles-Paris race (1710 kilometers), a ten-day enduro hosted across September and October, the race comes to a French Panhard et Levassor under Émile Mayade (FR) in 67:42:00 (average 15.69 mph), thirty seconds ahead of a companion Panhard entry. Reputed automobile designer and driver Émile Levassor crashes his entry on the Day 4 stage into Avignon attempting to avoid a stray dog and ultimately succumbs to his injuries from the same six months later. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.