Benetton B186 Year: 1986
The Bmw-powered Benetton B186 was the first bespoke design for the team, which had been born out of the ashes of the Toleman set-up. Work on the electronics of the motor meant that the BMW unit was capable of pushing out 1350bhp and even more in qualifying. It was designed by South African Rory Byrne and worked immediately, but the ‘new’ team still took its time to gel together. Berger took his first F1 career victory at Mexico – no doubt helped by being one of the few runners on Pirelli tyres – and also, remarkably, set the fastest speed trap recording of the season at Monza, with 218mph.