When the Mercedes-Benz W25 took victory on its competitive debut in 1934, few could have imagined how far automotive technology would advance over the next 80 years. How fitting, then, that the 2014 Australian Grand Prix would mark a debut victory for the latest generation of Silver Arrow; the F1 W05.
Betwixt these two ground-breaking machines came the W196R. Equally revolutionary in its conception and equally successful on the circuit, it forms a trio of Silver Arrows to have made victorious starts to their respective racing careers.
Here, we take a look at the differences – and similarities – between three landmark machines in the Mercedes-Benz motorsport story.
|Debut||1934 Eifelrennen||1954 French Grand Prix||2014 Australian Grand Prix|
|Displacement||3360 cc||2496 cc||1600 cc|
|Fuel Supply||Carburettor||Direct injection||Direct injection|
|Chassis||Aluminium body, box section steel frame||Aluminium body, tubular steel frame||Carbon fibre composite|
|Overall Length||2,725 mm||4,025 mm (Monoposto)
4,360 mm (Streamliner)
|Overall Width||1,770 mm||1,625 mm (Monoposto)
1,680 mm (Streamliner)
|Overall Height||1,160 mm||1,040 mm (Monoposto)
1,020 mm (Streamliner)
|Weight||750 kg||835 kg (Monoposto)
829 kg (Streamliner)
|Safety||Goggles||Crash helmet||Cockpit survival cell incorporating impact resistant construction and penetration panels, front impact structure, prescribed side impact structures, integrated rear impact structure, front and rear roll structures|