Benetton BMW B186
Formally the most powerful Formula One car ever built: over 1450 BHP in qualifying trim from only a 1.5 litre 4 cilinder engine! In the hands of emerging talent Gerhard Berger this proved to be a serious contender. The B186 finished in the points in the first three races of the season, including a podium for Berger at the San Marino Grand Prix. However, the car's underlying speed was blunted by run of retirements for both drivers, and uncompetitive showings at events run on tight tracks such as the Monaco and Detroit Grands Prix. Nevertheless, Berger in particular had emerged as a consistent frontrunner by mid-season, although he was criticised in some quarters for driving with his turbo boost set too high for the car's fuel consumption in the early stages of a race in order to complete "glory runs" near the front, only to drop back later on.