Javier Persia has created a Mercedes-Benz F1 concept in tribute to legendary driver Juan Manuel Fangio.
Mercedes-Benz is currently hosting its "Silver Arrow 2011" competition in Argentina, and designers from all over South America are trying their hand in redesigning Juan Manuel Fangio's famed W-196 Streamliner racer. One design in particular caught our eye. Designer Javier Persia has created his concept as a tribute to famed Mercedes-Benz Formula 1 driver Juan Manuel Fangio. Persia designed the MB F-11 for racing tracks and he drew inspiration directly from the classic W-196 Streamliner racer.
The open-top concept racer was designed to maximize driver room and it features quite a large hood. The front-end clearly takes its cues from the W-196, although the concept features a much sleeker design and the front-wheel arches don't protrude nearly as much. Large racing wheels are a continuous theme on the prototype and the rear features a bit of the Bugatti Veyron's styling, sans taillights. Other finalists include Jorge Fernandez's W100 Mercedes-F and Ezequiel Mosquera's MB W196. Persia's concept is a fitting tribute to a legendary driver and also stays true to classic Mercedes-Benz racing with a view to the future.