The Mors factory was
one of the earliest car manufacturers to take part in racing (1897). Its creator, Emille
Mors, was a strong believer in the technical and promotional benefits of automobile
racing. Much of racing at the turn of the century was a battle between Panhard and
Mors.The first race cars had straight or inline cylinders and the Mors was one of the
first using a V concept. The 60 HP Grand Prix car was powered by a 10 liter V4-cylinder
engine, using magneto ignition and side valves it rated power of 60 bhp was reached at 950
rpm. Constructed on a steel chassis, power was transmitted via a four-speed transmission
to chain driven rear wheels upon which were placed the brakes.
In 1902 the Mors pioneered
the use of dampers (shock absorbers) in their race cars. This was a tremendous advantage
over the rough or non-existent roads of the day. In this car, Henri Fournier, won one
the greatest races of the period, scoring a victory in the Paris-Berlin race only to have
the drive chain break just as he was about to start his victory parade! Mors' major racing
efforts ended in 1908 and a planned comeback was ruined by World War I.