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  Mercedes-Benz W196
 

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Country of origin:Germany
Produced from:1954 - 1955
Numbers built:10 (4 Streamliners)
Internal name:W196
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:July 08, 2013
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Engine
Configuration M196 R Straight 8
Location Front, longitudinally mounted
Weight 204 kilo / 449.7 lbs
Construction steel block and head
Displacement 2,496 cc / 152.3 cu in
Bore / Stroke 76.0 mm (3 in) / 68.8 mm (2.7 in)
Compression 12.0:1
Valvetrain 2 valves / cylinder, DOHC, with desmodromic valve operation
Camshaft Gear driven
Fuel feed Bosch Direct Fuel Injection
Lubrication Dry sump
Aspiration Naturally Aspirated
Power 290 bhp / 216 KW @ 8,500 rpm
Torque 247 Nm / 182 ft lbs @ 6,300 rpm
Red Line 9,500 rpm
BHP/Liter 116 bhp / liter

Drivetrain
Body aluminium body panels
Chassis steel tubular spaceframe
Front suspension double wishbones, torsion bars, telescopic shock absorbers
Rear suspension swing axle, longitudinal torsion bars, telescopic shock absorbers
Steering worm-and-sector
Brakes light alloy drums all-round
Gearbox 5 speed Manual
Gear ratios 2.4:1
1.75:1
1.43:1
1.07:1
0.86:1
Final drive 2.222:1
Clutch Dry, single plate
Drive Rear wheel drive

Dimensions
Weight 835 kilo / 1,841 lbs
Length / Width / Height 4,025 mm (158.5 in) / 1,625 mm (64 in) / 1,040 mm (40.9 in)
Wheelbase / Track (fr/r) 2,350 mm (92.5 in) / 1,330 mm (52.4 in) / 1,358 mm (53.5 in)
Tyres (fr/r) 6 x 16 / 7 x 16

Performance figures
Power to weight 0.35 bhp / kg
Top Speed 300 km/h (186 mph)

Race history
Major wins
1954 German Grand Prix (Juan Manuel Fangio in 000 06)
1954 Swiss Grand Prix (Juan Manuel Fangio in 000 06)
1955 Argentine Grand Prix (Juan Manuel Fangio in 000 04)
1955 Belgian Grand Prix (Juan Manuel Fangio in 000 08)
1955 Dutch Grand Prix (Juan Manuel Fangio in 000 13)
1955 British Grand Prix (Stirling Moss in 000 12)
Drivers of note Juan Manuel Fangio, Hans Herrmann, Karl Kling, Hermann Lang, Stirling Moss and Piero Taruffi

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