This page probably groups together the complete inventory of Luigi Colani vehicles, cars and trucks. But we’re never really sure if it’s really complete… If you know of other models, or if you can provide other information, for example missing dates, let us know by leaving us a comment at the bottom of the page with (depending) the reference number and if possible a link to a photo or an article. thank you so much.
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Fiat 1100 TV
Abarth Alfa Romeo 1300 Berlinetta
from 1960 at 1967 At the same time, Luigi Colani advanced his plastic designs and this culminated in the years 1960 with his compact sports car Colani GT, which was available as a DIY kit on a VW platform and quickly became an icon of life in the years 1960.
Lancia Aurelia based
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world's first road sports car with a plastic chassis mounted on a monohull on a sub-compact BMW chassis 700. This type of spatial design was a real revolution for the early years 1960, because such technology had just been used in Formula 1 and brought Lotus Team Titles to the championship 1963.
Scale wind tunnel model 1-5 C-shaped
Colani presented an ideal aerodynamic shape of the vehicle with its concept “C-Form” in 1968, a vehicle where the whole body forms an inverted wing. The concept was presented in Stern magazine and influenced a generation of student designers with its architecture of four front wheels suspending a form of central cabin. The sports coupe “Le Mans 82” from 1982 and the BMW “M2” were studies that, although somewhat baroque, defined a unique form language seen years later in vehicles like the Corvette Indy and the Porsche 959.
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Bizzarrini GT 5300
This coupe was once a Bizzarrini 5300 GT, but Colani did not feel his form sufficiently exciting. 1969 the truth 5300 GT
Mercedes-Benz C-111 mid-engine coupe with Wankel rotary piston engine. Cx of 0.2
Lamborghini Miura P400 1970. Life-size model of a two-part hybrid car. The engine and camshaft are from a Lamborghini Miura, the separate passenger cabin is designed like the cockpit of a glider.
Eifelland Formule 1 March
The bodywork created by Luigi Colani looked very futuristic and made the car from Mars much faster. But it also caused the engine to overheat, so it was only tested but never ran.
Aerodynamic Race Car
Aerodynamics Cleaned Up Version Formula One Car of Tomorrow 2000, Fastest Formula One Car for Eiffelland
RFB / Grumman American Fanliner
German experimental light aircraft for years 1970, powered by a piston engine driving a ducted fan. two copies were built, but no production followed.
Ferrari 365 GTB4 Daytona
Using the front axle of a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud and the V8 and camshaft of an Opel Diplomat. A Rolls Royce radiator and an Opel GT roof have been applied, and in 1976 a white example was shown at the Geneva Motor Show.
Volkswagen Turbo Polo
Fuel consumption record vehicle on a Polo base
Further development of the Ford GT40 as a "grand style" for Le Mans in Colani's C form
There is only 3 cars of this type in different variants: 1. The first was the plastic body “New RS” with sponsor Castrol marking . 2. The second version was made of aluminum – Ford GT 80 Colani. Ford gives the engine for these cars, the same as in the De Tomaso Pantera. 3. Body number 3 was under renovation or damaged.
This weird car, reminiscent of a frog, was a free search of the maestro, during which he wanted to create the heir to the Volkswagen Beetle. The result was an unusual tailgate., which in terms of dimensions was between the Golf and the Polo. Volkswagen was not interested in this car, presented in 1977.
Sport Car Prototype
No info, Model
Castrol New RS Sportscar
Sports car “Colani Castrol New RS”, prototype 1978. The plastic body served as a preliminary study for the chiseled aluminum version of the GT80
Colani's latest spotcar. The design has its origins in a sketch of an idea that he produced in 1967, which was then developed to become the wind tunnel scale model and the model 1/1 from 1977 .
Colani Truck 2001 Base Iveco
In 1978, at the IAA Freight Show in Frankfurt, the first rationalized main tractor from the Kolani workshop was presented, very futuristically appointed for its time – Colani Truck 2001. Iveco Aerodynamic Experimental Truck The huge streamlined cabin suspended above the shark-shaped base is distinguished by a round windshield with an original three-beam wiper. Thanks to the carefully designed shape of the front part with a characteristic beak-shaped silhouette, which later became the trademark of Colani trucks, the drag coefficient Cx has been reduced to a record for this period of 0,4 and fuel consumption has been cut by a quarter.
Polo concept design germany
It's not just a toy model, but was designed by artist Luigi Colani. It was built from Unimog parts by Thyssen in Germany.
Study for BMW
For the BMW Series 5 (cf Colani de Philippe Pernodet)
Colani Truck 2001
To create the next tractor, Colani organized its own heavy vehicle workshop in Switzerland. The design of the second generation tractor, first introduced in 1980, is based on the chassis of a Mercedes-Benz truck 1729 with a motor 240 horses. On this model, Colani was the first to use an all-glass oval-shaped hood, and the cabin was made in the form of a single-hulled monohull. Furthermore, a door at the end of the cabin now served as access to the lounge.
The drag coefficient of the second generation tractor has been reduced to 0,38, which has reduced the average fuel consumption on the road to 26,7 l / 100 km. Maximum speed, despite the less powerful engine, was from 150 km / h. To popularize the idea of a streamlined truck, Colani, with the help of several sponsors, organized the Truck II race in the United States. In total, the tractor has driven approximately 30 000 km. However, the race was not very successful and the manufacturers did not show a real interest in the industrial production of such equipment. Consequently, the second tractor was sold to the German clothing company Bardusch, repainted in blue and … safely forgotten. The maestro himself, after cooling for a while with trucks, settled in Japan in 1982.
Source: «Maestro of Aerodynamics» (A. Privalov) – «Truck Press» n ° 6/2006
For the famous French runner and designer Jean Rondo. All that was required of John was to pack a powerful BMW engine in this hull and select the appropriate chassis. But Rondo's plan seemed too daring. Furthermore, there was no guarantee of support for the project from the Bavarians. Consequently, the BMW M2 1981 remained a prototype.
V8 5,6 L AMG
In 1981 : World record fuel economy of 1,7 liter 100 km with the original 2cv engine and chassis.
2cv (2) 1981
body shape was inspired by aquatic dragon lice
Bike 2 places 4 wheels
Bike with detachable shopping basket.
Mazda Le Mans Prototype
The plan was, at a later stage, to use a Mazda Wankel rotary engine at 4 bedrooms, able to 960 at 1400 ch for the Le Mans vehicle, which was only available in full size. The shape of the wing was to allow this true power plant to accelerate at speeds of 350-380 km / h. Abandoned project she will not participate in Le Mans
Mercedes-Benz Le Mans Prototype
Looks like the Alpine A610 ^^
274,00 km / h by motorbike
Base Porsche 959 (perhaps 1988)
All-terrain vehicle, designed for desert rallies – with big wheels, large ground clearance, 4 drive wheels, a direction to 4 wheels and a reclined position for the driver to minimize back injuries. Maximum speed: 200 km / h 200 ch.
Car kit based on VW Beetle
The Colani Corvette was originally white and would have been designed at the beginning of 1988. Modeled with Luigi's unique Bio-Design, the vehicle evolved through many transformations before arriving in the United States to challenge a speed record in Bonneville. The vehicle was being redesigned for the original Automorrow tour, but was not finished on time. The car was presented in EM on 16 November 1988 and CarStyling in January 1989.
Visible au Design Museum, London ? High speed bike, designed and built by Colani’s assistant, Sebastian Kummer 8 kg
High speed bike, designed and built by Colani’s assistant, Sebastian Kummer Double front pedals and a Fichtel motor & Sachs 2 time, air cooled 30 cc with a power of 2,5 ch. Rear mounted engine can start quickly on rope to increase muscle power on slopes.
High speed bike, designed and built by Colani’s assistant, Sebastian Kummer Designed to exceed the current speed record of 104,63955 km / h
High speed bike, designed and built by Colani’s assistant, Sebastian Kummer. Swiss Schlimmer V8 engine – 4 Lilliputien water-cooled camshafts from 47 cm3 !!! It sits transversely to the tail of the contoured bike and provides additional power to the cyclist, which is facing forward and on the belly.
a motorcycle to 2 wheels which will aim for the record of 80 cc
The black version in Utah 1989. sports coupe 2 central engine seating using a centrally mounted VW Rabbit engine
Its engine 50 cc, has the lowest drag coefficient (Cx 0,18) never registered for a vehicle 4 places.
Utah 8 (BMW 007)
turbocharged engine 150 ch BMW K-100 4 lowered cylinders (1000 cm3) from 160 ch. Transmission Lotus Super Seven, BMW gearbox to 4 gears. Height 90 cm, barely weight 550 kg, the experimental sports car benefits from unrivaled acceleration.
Utah 9 (2cv (1))
In 1989, Base of 2cv always, but the motor is electric, the only one in all Utah.
To get the record of 281,635 km / h. Honda racing engine 500 cc
designed strictly for speed and acceleration tests on salt, and with its turbocharged engine and Nitro injected with 1300 cm3 It is thought that the 11 and 13 are the same except that initially she only had 2 wheels and then it went to 3 wheels with an extension to its right.
Utah 12 (Colani Truck 2001)
The drag coefficient of the second generation tractor has been reduced to 0,38 and it gives 26,13 L / 100 on salt to 147 km / h Mercedes-based tractor unit has no record in Utah
Motorcycle 3 wheels
With a wheel on the side with a kind of bridge between 2. Originally, she had to go to Automorrow ’89
Lotec Ferrari Testa d'Oro
1989 then 1993
1989 at 1992 Since 1993
Colani Lotec Ferrari “Golden Head” in 1989 world class record holder at 351 km / h with Mike Strasburg driving, car broke world record for vehicles with catalytic converters in Salt Lake testing, Utah. With a flight start, it reaches a top speed of 351 km / h Mercedes V8 engine from 1000 ch.
In 1993 Colani refined his model to make it even more aerodynamic and radically transformed its bodywork to make it the show car we still know today.. It was eventually sold in 2015 at 1,7 million de dollars.
Ferrari base 512 TR Testarossa
cream / white-black, then Blue in 1990, yellow, then red and white Colani Ford with a Ford V block engine 8 from 3,5 liters, record speed: 407 km / h
Larel Electric Car
1989 at 1999
For Larag 9501
2 central engine seating using a centrally mounted VW Rabbit engine
Stingray Group C
Study for a record vehicle in the Grand Style of Le Mans by Colani. Another model of power transmission in the higher power segment was the vehicle in the shape of a manta ray and now housed in the permanent collection of the Center Pompidou in Paris.. The car was designed to provide a support force of two tonnes only through the correspondingly shaped bodywork and did not require fins for this purpose..
Tractor spokes 656 VAC
Built before Mercedes McLarlen (end 99 ?)
Corvette prototype racer
After the Automorrow ’89 tour, one of Luigi Colani's creations debuted a few years later with a different vision of design, the “Colani Corvette”, which was scheduled to set land speed records at the Bonnieville Salt Flats after the SEMA show where it was exhibited. at the end of october 1993. The work continued and the United States set a new world speed world record on 23 August 1995 at the Bonneville Salt Flats. The average speed of the car was 230,928 MPH, and was driven by Mike Strasburg.
401,700 km / h on 17/10/1992
A bike 30 cc single-seater which has reached 148 km / h in 1992
Mercedes-Benz Vision 2005 Truck
The third conceptual tractor created by Kolani after his return to Europe at the end of the years 1980, with several subcontracting companies and a large group of designers and modellers working on the car, and the cargo department of Daimler-Benz. In total, it took several years to develop and manufacture a racing model. The Vision tractor 2005, who received his own name, was introduced in Frankfurt in 1995. The main differences of Vision 2005 are a more practical entry into the cabin through the side doors and the side aerodynamic pylons, which organize the air flow on the sides of the car and at the same time support the massive glass cap of the cabin.
Since Colani was originally from Germany, he was in a big hurry to lose big German brands – like Horch. And so, in his opinion, a car of the once glorious brand could have looked if it had started its revival at the end of the 20th century. The prototype was presented to the general public in 1996. (maybe in 1994 ?)
At the Essen Motor Show 1998, Ford introduced a new aerodynamically optimized Ka design by Luigi Colani, which responded to high demand and was produced in small series of 200 units. Typical of Colani, its design language is particularly reflected in the front mirrors, rear and side, as well as in the sweep distribution which houses the large wheels used in the small Colani series. These cars have a plate on the dashboard and a certificate signed by Luigi Colani.
Mamba Le Mans
Camion DAF Aero 3000
the DAF 95 XF, the fourth tractor with an engine of 430 ch, a gearbox with a joystick and even rear side cameras, whose image was transmitted to the big screen in the center of the panel, was used as a chassis. Certainly, Kolany did not dare to give up the mirrors completely, hanging them on elegant triple supports.
Star designer Luigi Colani will present the 17 October 2001 in Cologne the first copy of his “Colani-Trabi”. Curved wings, low headlights and new windshield – this is how Colani’s idea is that the old man “racing card” will roll in the streets of Germany in the future. The set of settings for a new aerodynamic front should cost around 2000 marks; production to start at Markkleeberg near Leipzig at the end of the year 2001 Trabant 601 Speedster
4 wheels no info
Spitzer-Silo Truck Base Mercedes
Fifth tractor. Spitzer silo truck on a Mercedes Actros chassis. This time, it made aerodynamic not only the tractor itself based on the Mercedes-Benz Actros, but also his trailer. The drag coefficient was 0,3 and when he was driving on the highway, the truck only spent 20 liters of fuel 100 kilometers.
Opel Speedstar Re-designed
Looks like a kid vehicle or maybe a go-kart
700 km / h, the goal…
The extremely low center of mass of the Street-Ray and its unusual geometric shape guarantee superb handling, which makes it the ultimate choice for car enthusiasts who seek both exceptional design and unlimited driving pleasure.
Yellow Egg, Avantis
4 wheels No info
Sixth Tractor One 2006, Colani built an even more revolutionary truck under the modest name of Super Truck. He was more like a supersonic fighter, and one of its main “stuff” was that the cabin was part of the trailer. The car turned using an autonomous cart under an airplane cabin. Access to the cabin was through the front nose, who was moving forward. The sponsor of the project was Siemens.
Aerodynamics Study 2 Seater Bicycle
Exhibited at Nancy Hall Vehicle not finished, just equipped with 2 wheels in the center
Bio Concept Yamaha FC-1
From his Chinese site where he specifies that it is very rare
The idea of reviving Pierce-Arrow also sparked the imagination of famous designer Luigi Colani, this is why the traditional brand Pierce-Arrow has now acquired the tag by Colani.
The new concept sports car with a target speed of 600 km / h has a body length of 5,5 m and a width of 2,2 m. Design combines bionics and aerodynamics, and the unique Colani shape ensures it adapts tightly to the ground when driving at high speed. 6 wheels, my reason for being (Marc Simonnet)
7th version of the tractor, luxury camping car trailer
Minibus (Camping Car)
8th version of the tractor. The World's Latest Colani VR Also Unveiled On The Expo Site. The rounded shape, the three-frame wiper, the ultra wide viewing angle at 270 ° Ultra-high-end VR. the RV measures approximately 5,9 meter, 2,2 meters wide and 2,8 meters high. It was tailor-made for China.
27 vehicles that do not have a date yet $$$
A priori, a Utah 14, but did not participate in Automorrow ’89
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Hi, in the Colani vehicles list is missing the car that he made for Simca in the 1950s. It’s in the pages 11, 12, 20 and 21 of the book “Colani: Fifty years of designing the future”, from Albrecht Bangert. In the same book, there is a Lancia made by Colani, pages 26 and 27. There is another Volkwagen in page 38.
Thank you very much José, I dont have this book, but with your information I will try to find and add these vehicles. Best regards
José In my references :
Volvo : 065
Volkswagen 006, 022, 023, 040, 042, 073, 084
Not one of these models ? If you have a little photo, I appreciates, Thank you
I will photograph and send you.
Thank you for your assistance
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