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Most newer DB engine designs used in WW2 were based on this engine. The RLM made a set of specifications listing the technologies which the new class of German aero-engines required. Among these items was fuel injection systems rather than carburettors. Knowing that this would take some years to implement, the RLM permitted that the manufacturers could first design and produce the basic engine, and later develop it to include the injection system. The DB 600 formed this function (having in turn been developed from the Daimler-Benz F4A and F4B V12s), therefore when the injection system was ready it meant that the DB 600 was replaced by the otherwise similar DB 601, which in addition to direct fuel injection, also added the variable speed supercharger. Later DB series engines grew in bore, stroke, and horsepower, including the DB 603 and DB 605, but were generally similar to the pattern created with the DB 600.
Daimler Benz DB-600 photo from L'Aerophile March 1939, shown upside-down
DB 600 A/B
1,000 PS (986 hp, 735 kW) at 2,400 rpm at sea level with 5-minute Kurzleistung
DB 600 C/D
850 PS (838 hp, 625 kW) at 2,250 rpm at sea level with 1-minute Erhöhte Kurzleistung
910 PS (898 hp, 669 kW) at 2,400 rpm at 4,000 m (13,000 ft) with 5-minute Kurzleistung
DB 600 Ga/Ha
1,050 PS (1,036 hp, 772 kW) at 2,400 rpm at sea level with 1-minute Erhöhte Kurzleistung
1,050 PS (1,036 hp, 772 kW) at 2,400 rpm at 3,600 m (11,800 ft) with 5-minute Kurzleistung
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