The Eifelland Type 21

Rolf Stommelen drives the Type 21
The world of Formula one is regularly graced by determined men who seek to revolutionize the sport with a new concept or technology. One of these men was Luigi Caloni. Already a legend in the world of industrial design, Colani wished to bring his unconventional style into the world of motorsport. He was hired in the early 70s by German caravan manufacturer Guenther Hennerici to produce a car for the 1972 Formula One season. Colani's design was unconventional from the start, with a large air intake in front of the driver, instead of behind. Air from this intake would be routed around the driver and into the engine. Most striking was the single mirror located on the car's centerline, obscuring the driver's field of vision.

The car featured Colani's unique rounded style
On debut the car was a stark contrast to it's competitors, featuring a bulbous streamlined body. This proved to be a massive disadvantage, as the car was plagued by overheating. Despite the aerodynamic look to the car, it suffered from a lack of downforce. As the season progressed the car began to look more and more like the March 721 it was based upon, doing away with the rounded bodywork in favor of a more conventional sidepod and wings design. This did not solve the problem of pace however, the car went on to score a best finish of tenth on two occasions, with no points to its name. A serious fire at Eifelland factory and disputes with its driver forced the team to shut its doors and the end of the 1972 season.

For the 1972 South African GP the Eifelland sprouted a tea tray wing
Although his foray into the world of motorsports was unsuccessful, Colani would go on to design many legendary cars and would become an icon of industrial design.

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