MERCEDES-BENZ W196 STREAMLINER
The Mercedes-Benz W196 Streamliner is the wheeled version of the Formula 1 that dominated the two years 1954 and 1955. The car was designed by Rudolf Uhlenhaut
After the second world war the Mercedes decided to return to compete in car competitions. After the victory of the 1952 Le Mans 24 Hours with the Mercedes-Benz 300SL, it was entrusted to the engineering team composed by Nallinger, Kraus, Scherenberg and Gossmann, to build a Formula 1 using the new rules of 1954. The debut of the Mercedes Benz W196 Streamliner took place at the French Grand Prix and immediately gained success with Juan Manuel Fangio.
Fangio won the Formula One World Championship 1954 at the wheel of the Mercedes-Benz W196 Streamliner, but won the first two grand prix of the season in Argentina and Belgium with the Maserati 250F. The Argentine driver dominated the season also winning the GP Germany, GP Switzerland and GP Italy, only Gonzalez in Great Britain and Hawthorn in Spain managed to break the hegemony of Fangio.
Mercedes W196 Streamliner
Designed: Rudolf Uhlenhaut
Aluminium body panels chassis
Length: 4360 mm
Width: 1680 mm
Height: 1020 mm
Suspension front: Double wishbones, torsion bars, telescopic shock absorbers
Suspension rear: Swing axle, longitudinal torsion bars, telescopic shock absorbers
Brakes: drums, all round
Mercedes M196 R Straight 8, 2496 cc front, longitudinally mounted
Power: 216 kW
Drive Type: Rear wheel drive
Transmission: five speed Manual
Fuel brand: Esso
Fuel Type: Petrol
Tank Capacity: ?
Winner Formula 1 World Champion 1954 with driver Juan Manuel Fangio
GP winner: GP of France 1954 with Juan Manuel Fangio, GP of Germany 1954 with Juan Manuel Fangio, GP of Switzerland 1954 with Juan Manuel Fangio, GP of Italy 1954 with Juan Manuel Fangio
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