When The Germans Came to Formula One

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When The Germans Came to One

Brawn GP ‘s inaugural 1–2 in Melbourne was no stranger to their supplier Mercedes-Benz: it was exactly the fashion as how they debuted in One in 1954 with their W196.

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Like all stories in motor racing, dominating debut is a story of innovation and resurgence, with a sprinkling of treachery on top. It on a November day in 1953.

It was at the conclusion of the season of Formula One, a eight years after the war in Europe had developed not necessarily to advantage. Dominated by Alberto in his tiny Ferrari 500, the sport was about to go through its major rule change in years: the 1954 season drop the Formula Two regulations in for 1952 and 1953 and dictate a displacement of 750 cc for supercharged engines and cc for naturally aspirated ones.

Mercedes-Benz, on the heels of their victory with the 300SL in the Carrera Panamericana. decided to Formula One. The old team ruled the European Grand Championship with the supercharged Arrows was back. Team Alfred Neubauer —the man who pit signaling—returned with his hat, and stopwatches, while London-born director Rudolf Uhlenhaut was with creating a new car from codenamed W196 R.

And what a car it out to be! The engine a straight-eight, fuel-injected, aspirated 2.5-liter marvel, power taken off at the middle of the running on a cocktail of benzol, gasoline, acetone and nitro. It was by desmodromic valves —only today on Ducati motorcycles—which higher revs than by 1950s springs. The whole was canted 37º to the right to for a lower hoodline and a smaller area. The car was wrapped in sheets of an ultralight and very flammable of magnesium.

By the time Uhlenhaut’s team was the 1954 season was already with Juan Manuel racking up wins in the brand-new 250F. But the lure of the new Mercedes too hard to resist for the Argentine, and winning two of the season’s first Grands Prix, Fangio his Maserati for a seat in the W196. a 15-year absence, the stage was set for debut on July 4 at the French Prix. held at the ultra-fast of Reims-Gueux .

Tweaking and testing even after Fangio and Karl Kling —who had a vulture through the windshield of his Gullwing two years before in at 130 MPH—secured the first two positions in Fuel consumption was higher expected, and in a wonderful move, director Uhlenhaut hopped in his own and raced it all the way to team headquarters in to have expanded fuel manufactured overnight for the W196’s. No were encountered on the Autobahn and at the next afternoon, off went and Kling to begin the 300-mile

It was a massacre. The streamlined cars the rest of the field by 4 seconds a As Fangio took the checkered half a car length ahead of they were the only two on the leading lap. Two Maseratis, two and a lone Gordini driven by Behra limped in long them, the rest of the field in the grueling race.

Incidentally, it was on this very day Germany’s national squad what was perhaps the greatest team ever in the finals of the World Cup: the Hungarian . stopped in its tracks after an string of 33 wins.

The W196 go on to win 8 of the next 11 races it was entered in. The body was replaced with an version for the more technical and a young Stirling Moss Fangio for the 1955 season.

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also entered the car in sports car as the 300SLR, with an engine out to 3 liters, producing 300 HP. This was the car carried Stirling Moss to his victory in the Mille Miglia which, a few weeks later, got into the crowd at Le Mans. it became all too clear just how that Elektron chassis Over eighty people in the flames, including racing Pierre Levegh .

The accident spelled the end of the W196 and its Neubauer withdrew the 300SLR’s the lead several hours the accident. At the end of the season, with claiming the Formula One World in the W196 and the team taking the Sportscar Championship in the 300SLR, withdrew completely from racing.

Fangio would World Champion two more His victories came in cars he had in his Mercedes: the Lancia-Ferrari D50. and for his championship in 1957, the very 250F he had abandoned three previously for the W196.

The 300SLR on as Rudolf Uhlenhaut ’s daily It was made into a street-legal which Uhlenhaut commuted to with.

A hyper-Gullwing, capable of speeds of 180 MPH in a sad, gray, Europe, blasting down highways at warp speed, chasing a racetrack it would set wheels on again.

On the other hand, it must made for a memorable childhood for son Roger:

Photo Credit: AG, Autocar

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