Mercedes W196 and Lancia-Ferrari D50 art


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Mercedes W196 and Lancia-Ferrari D50 art print by Artem Khalko.

Carefully produced with our giclée process to maximize color accuracy and resolution. At Simply Petrol, we use the highest-quality Hahnemühle fine art paper (315 gsm) with delicate texture and acid-free surface.

Giclée (French for “to spray”) is a printing process where millions of ink droplets are sprayed to saturate the fibers of the watercolor paper, resulting in pure, rich color and remarkable detail.



There were many rivalries within F1 during the years. This time we are not going to discuss some pilots` battles filled with epic skills and drama but two memorable cars. Let us introduce you the Mercedes W196 and Lancia-Ferrari D50 art, telling a story of innovations, bold design, bravery and a rivalry, which couldn’t actually to be deployed at its best.

This Mercedes W196 and Lancia-Ferrari D50 art is telling a story of what it could be

When Vincenco Lancia passed away in the eve of WWII, his son Gianni take over the family business. Unlike his father who wasn’t into racing, Gianni was notable fan of driving cars in the circuit. He wanted to have a racing car in Grand Prix competitions so he hired the famous Italian engineer and designer Vittorio Jano. The result was Lancia D50, an innovative car in so many ways that is hard to list them. Some expert says it was more advanced than its competitor Mercedes-Benz W196. The two fuel tanks between the wheels helped for aerodynamics and weight distribution, the D50 was the first F1 car utilizing the engine as structural chassis element, etc. This is why Lancia easily got its first pole position and fastest lap within the first competition it entered (the car didn’t finished due to clutch issues). Last but not least, Lancia D50 was raced by Alberto Ascari who extracted more than promising performance. Unfortunately, Ascari died in a racing accident with Ferrari at 1000 km Monza endurance competition and Scuderia Lancia lost their brightest star. Due to financial troubles caused by the racing expenses Gianni Lancia was forced to sell Scuderia Lancia to Enzo Ferrari who at that time was in desperate need of competitive machine. He raced the D50 under the name Lancia-Ferrari for the rest of the 1955 season.

A year prior to that, Mercedes-Benz entered again in F1 competitions with their W196 racer. It was powered by straight-8 cylinder engine, heavily influenced by the motorization of the Messerschmitt 109 fighter. The Fuel provided by Esso was designated as RD1 and contained 45% benzol, 25% methyl alcohol, 25% high octane petrol, 3% acetone and 2% nitro-benzine. It was the first F1 car with such fuel mixture. By its introduction at 1954 French GP, the 2,5-litre engine was capable of 257 hp., good enough for 1-2 finish. The Mercedes-Benz W196 was victorious in Germany, Swiss, and Italy GPs with Juan Manuel Fangio behind the steering wheel. The following season, W196 was winning in all competitions it entered except one. This was until the disastrous Le Mans crash in 1955, which forced Mercedes-Benz to withdraw from racing.

This is the story of couple of excellent F1 racing cars like Mercedes W196 and Lancia-Ferrari D50 and we are more than happy that this art by Artem Halko is telling it beautifully. You can make it yours as first class car art print via Simply Petrol.

artem igor khalko

We are two brothers, Igor and Artem Khalko from Belarus, with the same passion in cars and art. We were born in a small city named Mosty, close to the Polish border. We started to draw cars since we were kids, probably 5 years old. That was a time of the Soviet Union fall apart. When we saw some extraordinary cars on the road or in the magazines, it always was a special occasion for us. They were times when the most common car was Lada Niva. It was an outstanding moment to see extremely rare Porsche, BMW, or Mercedes-Benz models on the road.

We have our art skills from father, who was a very talented artist and he managed to match his own passion for cars with painting excellent pictures.
Sometimes we joint our artistic skills and perspective to create car art as a team.


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Large – 40 x 28 inches | 100 x 70 cm, Medium – 28 x 20 inches | 70 x 50 cm, Small – 20 x 14 inches | 50 x 35 cm

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Your #finecarart print will be laid between two sheets of archival paper. They are pH neutral (i.e. between 7 and 8.5) and will therefore have no chemical interaction with any objects it contacts. The #finecarart print will be rolled with the help of a smaller tube and will be packed in a reasonably heavy mailing tube with secure end caps. The tube will be taped around the end caps to ensure a tight seal.

4. Care

In order to preserve this piece of #finecarart at its best, keep the print away from fluorescent lighting and direct sunlight and from areas with high humidity, and at normal room temperature between 18 – 23 °C // 64 – 73 °F.

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