The IFA F8 is a car of the automotive industry association of the GDR, as the further development of the two almost identical DKW F8 was made between 1949 and 1955. The F8 is in the range of DKW front car, the 1931 with the F1 started and successfully completed the first end to the front-wheel drive applications in a production vehicle.
The Audi works in Zwickau , which had since 1945, first command, repairs for the Soviet military administration in Germany execute planned already in 1946 to include the new car production model based on the pre-war DKW F8 again. The first newly built car in 1947, still under the name "DKW IFA F8" at the Leipzig trade fair presents. In 1948, the SMAD were in Karlshorst presented three prototypes. A year later began the series production. Until 1955, some 25,000 IFA F8 were produced.
The IFA F8 had the 0.7-liter engine of the DKW master class that powered largely unchanged since 1933, the DKW front car. The technology of integrated behind the front two-stroke engine with Schnürle- loop scavenging among Thermosiphonkühlung and flat Gasifier the H30 Berlin carburetor factory. The force was a three-speed gearbox (with lockable freewheel in all three cycles) transmitted to the front wheels. Was started with the F8 dynastart -. a combination of starter and generator.
The engine was changed direction and increased power in the AWZ P70 continue to be used and the basis for the produced until 1990 Trabant engine.
While the original, the DKW F8, was made only as a delivery van, sedan and convertible, the new IFA F8 also received a construction and as a combined flatbed and could be used as versatile. The body was made of wood and was covered with artificial leather. For the wings and bonnet grille including steel sheet was used. The convertible body was completely covered with sheet metal. From February 1953 hoods and other parts of the convertibles were made of thermosetting plastics (cotton-fiber-reinforced phenolic resin ) produced.
The front wheels were suspended individually, at the rear of a rigid axle, the front and rear suspension by transverse leaf springs with hydraulic shock absorbers lever. On all four wheels, there were mechanical duplex brakes . The steering was a rack and pinion steering gears.