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1972 Colani Eifelland Formula One

Colani Eifelland Formula One, 1972
Colani Eifelland Formula One, 1972
The pre-season Eifelland with its sail-like one-curve rear-wing.
The pre-season Eifelland with its sail-like one-curve rear-wing.
Testing, 1972
Testing, 1972
Preseason, 1972
Preseason, 1972
The Eifelland appeared in South African GP (Kyalami) with a tea-tray front wing. The bodywork normalised - but the periscope remained.
The Eifelland appeared in South African GP (Kyalami) with a tea-tray front wing. The bodywork normalised - but the periscope remained.
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Futuristic Formula 1 Car
The bodywork created by Luigi Colani looked very futuristic and made the March car a lot faster. But it also caused overheating of the engine, so it was only tested, but never raced.

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The Eifelland Type 21 of 1972 was one of the strangest looking cars ever to compete in Formula 1. The project was funded by the German Eifelland caravan company, at the behest of its boss Günther Henerici, a racing enthusiast. Eifelland had previously sponsored the promising German driver Rolf Stommelen in junior formulae and had decided to enter Formula 1 with their driver.

The Type 21 was actually a March 721, chassis number four. All resemblance to the factory Marches was lost when Eifelland designer Luigi Colani penned the extraordinary bodywork for the new car. Colani was an unusual designer, believing that every surface should be curved. The new car merited a brief mention in the February 1972 issue of Motor Sport magazine, where Denis Jenkinson wrote;

“The Eifelland caravan firm of Germany are continuing to support Stommelen and have a new March that will be thinly disguised to look like something else, though not a caravan I hope.”

It certainly didn’t look like a caravan, and neither did it look like anything else on the grid. The Type 21 featured a sweeping one piece rear wing, a curious cockpit with an airbox integrated into the front of it, and a single rear-view mirror mounted on a large stalk in front of the driver.

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Луиджи Колани не только делал концепты, но и претворял в жизнь свои аэродинамические изыски. Например, в 1972 году он отважился сделать кузов для болида Формулы-1. Или команда отважилась заказать кузов у Колани?

Машина для коллектива Eifelland была построена на базе болида March 721 и оснащалась двигателем Ford V8. В отличие от остальных участников «Больших призов», болид у нее был лишь один, а пилотировал его Рольф Штоммелен.

Изначально автомобиль выглядел куда смелее готового варианта, однако из-за проблем с охлаждением, прижимной силой и надежностью многие решения Колани были заменены на более традиционные. В сезоне 1972 года машина приняла участие в восьми гонках из 12 и не заработала ни единого очка. Самое высокое занятое место – десятое.

Влад Клепач - motor.ru
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