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Artem & Igor Khalko

Mercedes W196 and Lancia-Ferrari D50

Mercedes W196 and Lancia-Ferrari D50

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Тhis Mercedes W196 and Scuderia Lancia-Ferrari D50 is about innovations, bold design, bravery and rivalry. Let's see whаt happens in this impressive automobile story.


A new star is born

When Vincenzo Lancia passes away on the eve of WWII, his son Gianni takes over the family business. Unlike his father, Gianni is very much into racing. He wants Lancia to have a racing car in Grand Prix competitions and he hires the famous Italian engineer and designer Vittorio Jano.

The result is Lancia D50 which is innovative in so many ways. Some experts say it is more advanced than its competitor Mercedes-Benz W196. The two fuel tanks between the wheels help for aerodynamics and weight distribution. Also, D50 is the first F1 car that utilizes the engine as a structural chassis element. Lancia quickly gets its first pole position and fastest lap in the very first competition it enters. Unfortunately, the car doesn’t finish due to clutch issues.





Last but not least, Lancia D50 is raced by Alberto Ascari who manages to take the best out of the car. Regrettably, Ascari dies in a racing accident with Ferrari at the 1000 km Monza endurance competition. Scuderia Lancia loses its brightest star. Forced by financial troubles, Gianni Lancia sells Scuderia Lancia to Enzo Ferrari. Il Commendatore is at that time in desperate need of a competitive machine. The car is raced under the name Lancia-Ferrari for the rest of the 1955 season.




Mercedes-Benz starring in F1 again

A year earlier, Mercedes-Benz enters again the F1 competitions with the W196 racer. Its power comes from a straight-8 cylinder engine, heavily influenced by the motorization of the Messerschmitt 109 fighter. The fuel by Esso is RD1 and contains 45% benzol, 25% methyl alcohol, 25% high octane petrol, 3% acetone and 2% nitro-benzine. It is the first F1 car with this fuel mixture. At the time of its introduction at 1954 French GP, the 2,5-litre engine is capable of 257 hp., good enough for a 1-2 finish.

The Mercedes-Benz W196 is victorious in Germany, Swiss, and Italy GPs with Juan Manuel Fangio behind the steering wheel. The following season, W196 wins all competitions it enters except one. This glorious sequence continues up until the disastrous Le Mans crash in 1955, which forces Mercedes-Benz to withdraw from racing.

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Artem & Igor Khalko

They are two brothers, Igor and Artem Khalko from Belarus, sharing a common passion for cars and art. Born in the small city of Mosty, near the Polish border, they began drawing cars at the tender age of 5 during the time of the Soviet Union's dissolution.

Witnessing extraordinary cars on the road or in magazines was always a special event for them, especially in an era dominated by the ubiquitous Lada Niva. Spotting rare models like Porsche, BMW, or Mercedes-Benz was a remarkable occurrence.

Inherited from their father, a highly talented artist who blended his passion for cars with painting, they developed their artistic skills. Occasionally, they collaborate, combining their artistic perspectives to create unique car art as a team.

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    310 gsm · 100% α-cellulose · genuine mould-made paper

    Fine art prints are made on Hahnemühle German Etching - a white, 100% α-cellulose paper for archival standards. The mould-made etching paper features a distinct textured surface. With its premium matt inkjet coating German Etching meets the highest industry standards regarding density, colour gamut, colour graduation and image sharpness while preserving the special touch and feel of genuine art paper.

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How long does it take to ship?

Shipping times depend on your location and the shipping method chosen during checkout.

Standard shipping within the EU usually takes 3-7 business days, while air shipping may take longer, up to 7 work days.

Since our prints are made on-demand, production times can vary. On average, it takes about 1-2 business days for production.

What materials are used?

We use high-quality materials to ensure the best possible results.

For fine art prints, we use 285 gsm German Etching Hahnemühle art paper.

Poster prints are typically printed on durable, 180 gsm heavyweight paper with a slight satin finish.

What sizes are available?

Our art prints come in various sizes to accommodate different needs and display options. 

Popular sizes include 20x14 inches, 28x20 inches, and 40x28 inches. 

These prints tend to be on the larger side and are compatible with most ready-to-use frames.

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Absolutely! Once your print is shipped, you will receive a shipping confirmation email with a tracking number. You can use this tracking number to monitor the progress of your shipment and estimate its arrival date.