1954 1955 MercedesBenz W196 Images Specifications and Information

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Mercedes-Benz W196

Shortly after the end of World War motor racing was understandably not a for Mercedes-Benz. Thanks to the amazing turn around of the country, the manufacturer could return to sooner than most Their first effort was in the 1950s with the production car 300 SL, which took a win in the 24 Hours of Le in 1952. Everybody knew it was a matter of time when would return to Grand racing. There they did to live up to impossibly high as in the past they did not only but also won at their returns to the in 1914 and 1934. Exactly years later Mercedes-Benz GP racing with the W196 and did not disappoint. There was a more reason for Mercedes-Benz to kick off Grand Prix program in as it was the first year of the new 2.5 litre 1 regulations. This meant all active manufacturers also had to with a clean sheet, them less of an advantage newcomers.

In the past the Mercedes-Benz racing were not only the fastest, but the most technologically advanced; a of the company’s advanced technical The W196, especially its straight engine fitted right that pattern. Considering the small displacement of 2.5 litres, the engineers’ choice for the long eight engine was quite Like the great 1930s Romeo ‘eight’, the M 196 R was built up of two of four cylinders with the overhead camshafts driven the heart of the engine. This meant the camshafts needed to be

only half the length of the preventing them from under heavy loads. The itself was a lot less conventional as it ‘Desmodromic’ system, which the camshaft to both open and the valves. Not needing fragile to close the valves meant the could rev considerably higher. A novelty was the Bosch developed Fuel Injection system, had already been used on the 300 SL racing cars. The exceptionally engine produced 257 bhp at its debut and development saw that power within a year to 290 bhp at an impressive rpm.

Also carried over the 300 SL was the space-frame chassis, which of a large number of small tubes. It was a new approach to building which combined light with exceptional rigidity.

Mercedes-Benz W196

Suspension was by dual wishbones and bars at the front and swing with torsion bars at the The massive drum brakes installed inboard both and rear to reduce unsprung and improve handling. To make the brakes were cooled the massive drums were with fins for the so-called To lower the center of gravity and the area, the straight eight was angled 37° on its side. Like the drive, the power take-off the crankshaft was at the centre of the engine. was fed through a sub-shaft and a prop-shaft to the speed gearbox, which was in unit with the differential. no expense, the engineers developed a of track specific versions of the with three wheelbases and two styles. Harking back at 1930s practice an all enveloping streamliner body was created for speed tracks. For the more tracks a more conventional body was fitted.

Mercedes-Benz W196
Mercedes-Benz W196
Mercedes-Benz W196
Mercedes-Benz W196

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