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

Mercedes-Benz lined up for the Formula One races in 1954 and 1955 with two versions of the W 196 R. While the streamlined variant was selected for the high-speed circuits in Reims, Berlin and Monza, the classic monoposto with open wheels got the vote for the majority of races, as it was better suited to twistier tracks.

  • Cylinders 8
  • Displacement 152 cu in
  • Output 290 PS (213 kW)
  • at engine speed 8500/min
  • Top speed 170 mph