Mercedes-Benz W165

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Mercedes-Benz W165
Mercedes-Benz W 165, Bj. 1939 - 1984-05-12 auf dem Nürburgring.jpg
Category Voiturette
Constructor Mercedes-Benz
Designer(s) Max Sailer
Albert Heess
Max Wagner
Technical specifications
Chassis Oval tubular frame
Suspension (front) Independent suspension with wishbones, coil springs, hydraulic dampers
Suspension (rear) De Dion tube, torsion bars, cockpit adjustable hydraulic dampers
Engine M164 1.5 litre V8 supercharged front-engine, longitudinally mounted
Transmission Mercedes-Benz 5-speed
Power 254 horsepower
Competition history
Notable entrants Daimler-Benz AG
Notable drivers Rudolf Caracciola
Hermann Lang
Debut 1939 Tripoli Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
1 1 0 1
Drivers' Championships 0

The Mercedes-Benz W165 is a racing car designed by Mercedes-Benz to meet voiturette racing regulations. It won its only race, the 1939 Tripoli Grand Prix, driven to a 1-2 victory by Hermann Lang and teammate Rudolf Caracciola.[1]

Following an invitation by Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Tony Hulman, Caracciola entered a W165 in the 1946 Indianapolis 500. However, Swiss customs refused to allow the car out of their country, preventing Caracciola from competing.[2]

Complete results

Non-championship results

Year Event Venue Driver Result Category Report
1939 Tripoli Grand Prix Mellaha Hermann Lang 1 Voiturette Report
Rudolf Caracciola 2


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  2. Thomas O'Keefe. "East Meets West: Mercedes-Benz at Indy". Retrieved 27 January 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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