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Oh wow, not something I expected to find out about in the F1 subreddit. His laptop and desktop computer designs will always bring back childhood memories for me. RIP

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Original Poster19 points · 4 hours ago · edited 4 hours ago

I’m a product design graduate. His name is less known around the world than his peers (Jony Ive, Marc Newson, Dieter Rams, Verner Panton or even Raymond Loewy), but he was one of the most influential product designers of the modern ‘plastic age’.

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The car in the picture is actually the toned down version with conventional wings and sidepods. The initial Colani design looked like this in pre-season testing, but the engine was constantly overheating until the team replaced most of the bodywork with original March 721 parts.

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That is some interesting but cool-looking design

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So did he have any car engineering knowledge or was he a general designer…. And was it competitive?

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He studied aerodynamics at Sorbonne, but he was much more experienced in designing everyday objects (cameras, tea sets, light armature, furniture, …) than in race engineering.

The Eifelland E21 started only in 8 races with a 10th place as best result.

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Not a great racecar designer but undoubtedly great in other fields. Rest in peace.

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Here he is with one of the less well-known products he designed; a cat litter box. Yep, really. RIP to our generation’s design Dali.

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Been a while since I saw that car. Thanks!

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Been a while since I saw that car. Thanks!

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Is that a mirror mounted high in front of the driver?


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