Mercedes-Benz W196 Formula 1 Champion 1955 with Fangio

MERCEDES-BENZ W196

MERCEDES-BENZ W196

HISTORY

For the 1955 Formula One World Championship, Mercedes again deployed a Mercedes-Benz W196. The car designed by Hans Scherrenberg, did not have many modifications, apart from the engine power. The experience of the previous season led to the greater use of the open wheeled version, given the characteristics of the world circuits. The only exception was for the Italian Grand Prix where the circuit was very fast and was opted for the wheeled chassis.

Juan Manuel Fangio at the wheel of the Mercedes-Benz W196 won the 1955 Formula One World Championship. A title contender is Stirling Moss’s new team-mate, but the argentine was too experienced for the british driver. Fangio started winning his home Grand Prix in Argentina, and during the season he obtained three more victories, GP Netherlands, GP Belgium and GP Italy. The 24 hour Le Mans 1955 crash, where the Mercedes led by Pierre Levegh caused the death of 83 people, brought to Mercedes-Benz to the decision to stop all sporting competitions, including Formula 1.

CHASSIS

Mercedes W196
Aluminium body panels chassis
Length: 4025 mm
Width: 1625 mm
Height: 1040 mm
Brakes: drums, all round
Tyres: Continental

ENGINE

Mercedes M196 R Straight 8, 2496 cc front, longitudinally mounted
Power: 216 kW
Drive Type: Rear wheel drive
Transmission: five speed Manual
Fuel Type: Petrol
Tank Capacity: ?

RESULT

Winner Formula 1 World Champion 1955 with driver Juan Manuel Fangio
GP winner: GP of Argentina 1955 with Juan Manuel Fangio, GP of Belgio 1955 with Juan Manuel Fangio, GP of Holland 1955 with Juan Manuel Fangio, GP of Great Britain 1955 with Stirling Moss, GP of Italy 1955 with Juan Manuel Fangio

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL n.21 winner 24 Hours of Le Mans 1952

MERCEDES-BENZ 300 SL n.21

MERCEDES-BENZ 300 SL n.21

HISTORY

The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL n.21 is the winning car of the 24 Hours of Le Mans of 1952. After the second world war the builder of Stuttgart was conditioned by the decisions of the allies, at the beginning of the fifties was entrusted to Alfred Neubauer the department sport from which the Formula 1 Mercedes W196 was born, which dominated in the two-year period 54 and 55, and the 300 SL coupe with the opening of the gull-wing doors.

Lang and Riess won the 1952 24 Hours of Le Mans with the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL n.21, for Mercedes it was the first victory, but it was also the first success of a closed cockpit car. The initial withdrawal of the Jaguars and Ferraris, saw the escape of the Talbot-Lago n.8 of Levegh who drove throughout the race and was forced to retire at one hour from the end for the engine break. The German team obtained a double thanks to the second place of the twin car n.20 of Helfrich and Niedermayr with a gap of one lap, while third with fifteen laps of delay Nash Healey n.10 of Johnson and Wisdom.

CHASSIS

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
aluminium body steel tubular spaceframe
Length: 4220 mm
Width: 1790 mm
Height: 1265 mm
Brakes: Drums, all round
Tyres: Continental

ENGINE

Mercedes-Benz 2996 cc S6
Power: 131 kW
Location: Front, longitudinally mounted
Drive Type: Rear wheel drive.
Transmission: Mercedes four speed manual
Tank Capacity: 190 lt
Fuel Type: Petrol

RESULT

Winner 24 hours of Le Mans 1952 with drivers Hermann Lang, Fritz Riess