He was a German engineer, the first motorcyclist and first pilot of a motorboat, creator of Mercedes cars and founder
of the deluxe brand that carries his surname. Wilhelm Maybach was the right hand of Gottlieb Daimler, the maker of a smaller, faster and more powerful four-stroke engine. Wilhelm Maybach was born in Heilbronn (184), his father was a carpenter and his mother was a housewife. He was left an orphan at the age of 1 and was taken in by a philanthropic institution. Since he showed interest for technical matters, Wilhelm Maybach was sent to the engineering workshop and he was 15 years old when he began to study Industrial Design. In November 1885, Daimler installed his engine in a wooden bicycle (the first motorcycle) and Maybach tested it in a km area and clocked 12 km/h. In 1888, he launched the first airship with an engine and, in 1889, the made the first Daimler car. Wilhelm Maybach passed away in 192 and his son Karl
Maybach continued his work.