There were many rivalries within F1 during the years. This time we are not going to discuss some pilots` battles filled with tremendous skills and drama but two great 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 Vincenzo Lancia passed away on the eve of WWII, his son Gianni take over the family business. Unlike his father who wasn’t into racing, Gianni was a 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 vehicle 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 quickly got its first pole position and fastest lap within the first competition it entered (the car didn’t finish 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 the competitive machine. He raced the D50 under the name Lancia-Ferrari for the rest of the 1955 season.
A year before 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 a 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 a couple of great 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.
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