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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced in:1992
Predecessor:Benetton B191 Ford
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionAhead of the 1992 season, manager Flavio Briatore had assembled all the pieces in the puzzle to convert Benetton into a top level Grand Prix team. The final pieces came when Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) acquired a stake in the team. Along with acquiring equity, TWR also supplied the engineering talent of Rory Byrne and Ross Brawn to the team that had already signed up and coming driver Michael Schumacher towards the end of the previous season.

The team started the first three, flyaway rounds of the championship with an updated version of the existing B191. The all-new, Byrne and Brawn designed B192 then debuted at the Spanish Grand Prix. Built around a carbon-fibre composite monocoque with a fully stressed works Ford Cosworth V8, this design would form the basis of the hugely successful Benettons that followed. It was not as sophisticated as the Williams, McLaren and Ferrari cars but the very sound design made the B192 instantly competitive.

Shared by seasoned TWR racer Martin Brundle and Michael Schumacher, the B192 propelled Benetton to third in the World Championship. Schumacher was particularly successful, finished second at the B192's debut in Spain. Later in the year, he also scored his maiden Grand Prix victory, at Spa Francorchamps, exactly one year after making his Formula 1 debut. At the end of the year, Schumacher was third and Brundle sixth in the driver's standings.

Over the next two seasons, the basic design evolved in to the race-winning B193 and the World Championship winning B194. Together, Schumacher, Byrne and Brawn would go on to win seven world championships.

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