One of the products manufactured in the 1950s also made a career on the racing track. Balluff manufactured rocker arms for the legendary Mercedes Benz W 196. With the Formula 1 racing car, which was also called Silver Arrow due to its shiny silver-colored full trim and its streamlined design, Mercedes Benz competed in the 1954 and 1955 seasons with Juan Manuel Fangio as driver. With its 8-cylinder, four-stroke gasoline in-line engine with direct injection, displacement of 2496 cm³ and 256 hp, the Silver Arrow reached a top speed of more than 300 km/h. The racing summary of the W 196: Nine wins and fastest laps, as well as eight pole positions in twelve Grand Prix races, along with two drivers’ titles in 1954 and 1955 for Juan Manuel Fangio. Also on board: The rocker arms from Balluff.