Mercedes-Benz W 196 R 2.5-liter streamlined racing car.

Mercedes-Benz made its return to Grand Prix racing with the streamlined W 196 R. Juan Manuel Fangio and Karl Kling powered to a 1-2 victory in the new Formula One car’s first race on July 4, 1954 in Reims, and Fangio finished the season as world champion. The Argentinean piloted an improved version of the streamlined car to victory in the 1955 Italian Grand Prix and went on to retain the world title.

  • Cylinders 8
  • Displacement 152 cu in
  • Output 290 PS (213 kW)
  • at engine speed 8500/min
  • Top speed 190 mph