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1899 Grand Prix Season
Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
Champion Constructor: None
Putative Constructor: Panhard et Levassor Daimler (FR,0,4)
Champion Driver: None
Putative Driver: Léonce Girardot (FR,0,1)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model 8HP, 2.41-liter, four-cylinder inline Daimler, eight-valve, electronic ignition, four-speed, aluminum-ladder chassis, 18 horsepower (Arthur Krebs).

Again, Panhard... Belgian Camille Jenatzy becomes first driver to break the 100 kph barrier (65.8 mph) at Achères, France in January. New Racing Makes: Italian FIAT. American Packard. American Gasmobile. French Turcat-Méry. American Locomobile. German Opel. American Ohio. Racing Evolution: Front facing tubular radiator for purpose racing (Maybach, Panhard).

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 Daimler120     Girardot45
Mors89     Velghe36
Peugeot86     Lemaitre29
Prinetti Stucchi (v)36     de Gras (a,v)29
Bollee (v)22     Benedetti (v)21
Orio Marchand (v)22     Laporte (v)21

Noteworthy 1899 Races

1899 Paris-Bordeaux-Paris Grand Prix Paris, France1899 1899 Paris-Bordeaux-Paris Grand Prix At Paris for the Paris-Bordeaux-Paris race (565 kilometers) in May, the race comes to a French Panhard et Levassor 8 HP under Fernand Charron (FR) in 11:43:22 (average 30.0 mph), eight minutes ahead of a companion Panhard entry. Charron bests the previous race record by over three and a half hours. Photo Credit: The Autocar, June 1899. www.gracesguide.co.uk/Panhard-Levassor.