Mercedes-Benz W 196 R racing car, 1955

2.5-liter Formula 1 monoposto racing car for the 1955 season

The W 196 R was re-worked for its second season: The straight intake manifold, which enabled an increase of the engine output to 213 kW (290 hp), and the additional dome on the right side become the outward distinctive features of the 1955 version of the vehicle. In addition, Mercedes-Benz deployed the W 196 R with different wheelbases, likewise the arrangement of the drum brakes was varied. The result is a superior racing car that dominated the 1955 season, too, and helped Juan Manuel Fangio win his second World Champion title with Mercedes-Benz.