Luigi Colani (1928-2019) Aerodynamic vehicles

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Lutz Colani, dit Luigi Colani
Born the 2 August 1928 in Berlin and died on 16 September 2019 in Karlsruhe, is a German designer
Luigi n’a pas d’ancêtres italiens. Les parents de Lutz Colani sont originaires de Suisse et de Pologne.
Son père a travaillé pour Tobis-Films Berlin en tant qu’architecte de cinéma et sa mère a travaillé comme souffleuse au Deutsches Theater de Berlin.

German designer, born in 1928, who worked for various major automobile groups, d’aviations, and photography. He is the inventor of bio-design. His designs often remained at the prototype stage but are changing the design through time. After studying sculpture and painting at the Fine Arts in Berlin, Luigi Colani studied the & rsquo; aerodynamics at the Sorbonne in Paris 1949 at 1952. Lutz Colani, says Luigi Colani is a German designer of Italian descent by his father and Polish by his mother. duration of 1964 at 1968 and took place at Canadur GmbH in Berlin. A total of approximately 360 copies have been made.

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L & rsquo; extent of his creativity and his art, l & rsquo; has called "Leonardo da Vinci" of the twentieth century, or "Design Messiah" in Japan. Who was Luigi Colani, “Plastic guru” of automotive design During his long career, designed bikes, motorcycles, cars, trucks, train, planes and spacecraft.

Years 1950 until today ! he redesigns the aerodynamics of automobiles for manufacturers such as Fiat, alfa Romeo, Lancia, Volkswagen, Ferrari, Lada, BMW.. it also works for the & rsquo; aviation manufacturers such as Boeing or Rokwell sculpting polymorphic aircraft equipped d & rsquo; experimental propeller. In 1971, he gave his first name of Lutz and therefore uses that of Luigi. In the years 1960 he designed many pieces of furniture, glasses, clothes, and in the years 1970, it expands its activities in several areas such as pens, train, aircraft, television hulls trucks or full kitchens (Poggenpohl).


Today & rsquo; hui he heads "Colani Design Germany" and collaborates with several brands, as Volvo. His work s & rsquo; orients around & rsquo; man and his optimum and efficient compared to the & rsquo; object and its interaction with its environment, forms are inspired by the perfection of nature itself. Today, Colani lives and works in Karlsruhe, in Germany. His son Solon Luigi Lutz also works as a Designer in Berlin…

Simca1953

Luigi Colani creating the shape of the first coupe based on plastic / Simca fiberglass.

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1953 – Luigi Colani considered his bodies as sculptures. Luigi Colani considered his bodies as sculptures, also developed with a plastic body (in 1953 in Detroit), Luigi Colani considered his bodies as sculptures

thanks to José Geraldo De AP Barreto Fonseca for the photos 

thanks to José Geraldo De AP Barreto Fonseca for the photos 

Fiat 1100 Transformable TV Luigi Neat1954

Fiat 1100 Tv Transformable 1958 was last sold at the Gooding Amelia Island classic car auction (2015) the 13 mars 2015


Abarth Alfa Romeo 1300 Berlinetta1957


 (Base Volkswagen) Colani GT1960

First prototype at the bottom of the cliffs of the Avus circuit




COLANI – GT2




Lancia Aurelia Based1962


A big thank you to José Geraldo De AP Baretto Fonseca


BMW 7001963

First road sports car in the world with a plastic chassis mounted on a monohull on a BMW subcompact 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.


VW Colani GT Kit1965

VW Colani GT (1965) (replica car kit)

Concept C-Form1968

 The idea is to channel the air under the car, and to use it to reach high speeds while maintaining a very good ground base and excellent directional stability. Scale wind tunnel model 1-5 C-shaped Colani presented an ideal aerodynamic shape of the vehicle with its “C-Form” concept 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. Le Mans sports coupe 82 " of 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.


Drawing, 1967 – Concept C-Form Brevet 

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C-Form sculpture, designed by Luigi Colani for the Colani Design Corporation.
This model is the first type of vehicle in the world to use the aerodynamic principle of the rear wing., principle used today in Formula racing cars 1. The idea behind this is that a car with a rear fender can do without a spoiler, because the vehicle itself compensates for its function by the ground effect.


Volkswagen VW Conversions1968

A Big Thank You to José Geraldo De AP Baretto Fonseca

Bizzarini GT 53001969

This coupe was once a Bizzarrini 5300 GT, but Colani did not feel his form sufficiently exciting..

Polyester, length 100 cm, width 38 cm, height 19 cm. (DRAX) A unique object.

This model is the first type of vehicle in the world to use the aerodynamic principle of the rear wing., principle used today in Formula racing cars 1. The idea behind this is that a car with a rear fender can do without a spoiler, because the vehicle itself compensates for its function by the ground effect.

Sold for the benefit of the Colani Bio Design Foundation Luigi Colani Archive


 Mercedes C112 1970

Base Mercedes C111 – MERCEDES C112 – 1970

Base Mercedes-Benz C 111 mid-engine coupe with Wankel rotary piston engine. Cx of 0.2




Porsche 1970 

A new form at the end of the 1970s′ 


Gliding Lamborghini Miura P4001970

Lamborghini Miura P400 Base

The engine and camshaft are from a Lamborghini Miura, the separate passenger cabin is designed like the cockpit of a glider.


What happened to this Lamborghini Miura creation ?

Without surprise, the Lamborghini Miura Le Mans Concept never made it to 24 Hours of Le Mans. However, it was a fully functional prototype and became a regular on the international car show circuit of 1970 at 1974.


During his last year as a centerpiece, Colani's bright orange concept has been repainted in blue and adorned with Veedol oil stickers. The car then disappeared in the United States where it was forgotten until it resurfaced on eBay in 2010. It was sold at auction for 75 000 $ despite a broken front suspension, no engine and chipped paint. The rear wheels were still intact, which was an advantage for the owner.


In 1970, Luigi Colani considered his bodies as sculptures, Luigi Colani considered his bodies as sculptures, Luigi Colani considered his bodies as sculptures. Luigi Colani considered his bodies as sculptures 1966 Luigi Colani considered his bodies as sculptures. Luigi Colani considered his bodies as sculptures “Luigi Colani considered his bodies as sculptures” so called because it was formally intended to run the mythical French endurance race


so called because it was formally intended to run the mythical French endurance race. so called because it was formally intended to run the mythical French endurance race.


so called because it was formally intended to run the mythical French endurance race, so called because it was formally intended to run the mythical French endurance race (so called because it was formally intended to run the mythical French endurance race) so called because it was formally intended to run the mythical French endurance race, so called because it was formally intended to run the mythical French endurance race. The cockpit accessible by an extendable plexiglass dome can accommodate two passengers almost lying down, The cockpit accessible by an extendable plexiglass dome can accommodate two passengers almost lying down 1 The cockpit accessible by an extendable plexiglass dome can accommodate two passengers almost lying down. The cockpit accessible by an extendable plexiglass dome can accommodate two passengers almost lying down. The cockpit accessible by an extendable plexiglass dome can accommodate two passengers almost lying down, The cockpit accessible by an extendable plexiglass dome can accommodate two passengers almost lying down. The cockpit accessible by an extendable plexiglass dome can accommodate two passengers almost lying down (The cockpit accessible by an extendable plexiglass dome can accommodate two passengers almost lying down), The cockpit accessible by an extendable plexiglass dome can accommodate two passengers almost lying down.


The cockpit accessible by an extendable plexiglass dome can accommodate two passengers almost lying down. La Miura de Colani is finally visible to the public for the first time after forty years, La Miura de Colani is finally visible to the public for the first time after forty years.


She was for sale in 2011-2018
La Miura de Colani is finally visible to the public for the first time after forty years
La Miura de Colani is finally visible to the public for the first time after forty years 1


The Colani Le Mans Concept based on Lamborghini Miura (1970) La Miura de Colani is finally visible to the public for the first time after forty years 2011 in an abandoned factory in Indiana in the USA.


Eifelland Formule 1 March 1972

The bodywork created by Luigi Colani looked very futuristic and made the March much faster; but it also caused the engine to overheat, it has been tested but has never run.. but it’s very bad.


Rare one Mars 721 / Eifelland E21, only in season 1972
pendant 1 Year with some of its accessories.
The car was based on a Formula 1 Of March 721, La Miura de Colani is finally visible to the public for the first time after forty years


Aerodynamic Race Car1972

Aerodynamic Formula Car version 1 , the fastest for Eiffelland


Ferrari 365 GTB4 Daytona1974

It had no turn signals or headlights. In fact it was a draft of possible re-styling for the Ferrari Daytona, performed 1973 at Fuchtorf Castle … She didn't stay that way for very long., she was the victim of an accident (benign) Traffic, at low speed and it was repaired, repainted in metallic gray, before the bodywork additions are dismantled and the car returns to its original shape…. It was a prototype “recreational” no other purpose than to have fun. The car was the personal property of Luigi Colani.
( Colani C309)



Ford GT 801975-1977

Aluminum body forged by hand for FORD

Ford GT model 80



Polo test car1976

 Consumption Record Car on a Polo Base


L'Aiglon Cabriolet1976

Colani exhibits the Aiglon Blanc at the Geneva Motor Show 1976, This two-seater is a monster of 7 meters long and 2,25 meters wide. The Eaglet represents, according to its creator, the image of a dream car that could have seen the light of day 39/45. 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. There have been 3 La Blanche versions, the Blue and the Rose which have a Rolls Royce grille.



Sport Car Prototype 1977

Castrol New RS Sportscar1978

Plastic bodywork


Sea-Ranger1979





Probably from Playboy men's magazine


Yamaha1980
2cv Experimental I1981

World record fuel economy of 1,7 liter 100 km with the original 2cv engine and chassis.

2cv Experimental II1981

Exposition “Futurama” of the 50 years of Luigi Colani 2 cv Conception Luigi Colani, research in aerodynamic wind tunnel Vehicle Cx 019 body shape was inspired by aquatic dragon lice.



2 CV Experimental III???

BMW M21981

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.


IFMA Single Bike1982

“Alternative light transporter” AL 2 was developed by UNION Fröndenberg and Colani. The human-powered vehicle weighed 50 kg and measured 4,4 m long and 1,1 m wide. The shape of the canopy was optimized in a VW wind tunnel : most of the development cost of 100 000 DM was devoted to the design of the chassis.

Mazda Le Mans Prototype1983

Designed by Luigi Colani in 1983, this non-rolling prototype offers a vision of a racing car intended for the famous endurance race of 24 Hours of Le Mans, using extremely profiled lines, organic and aerodynamic specific to the artist's work. In this perspective of endurance competition, this concept uses a four-cylinder rotary engine, offering exceptional performance such as a power between 960 and 1 400 ch for top speeds of 350 at 380 km / h.


Estimate €50,000 – 75,000 Catawiki lot reference 29725131


https://auction.catawiki.com/kavels/29725131-design-study-colani-mazda-le-mans-prototype-1983-1983


Mercedes-Benz Le Mans prototype 1985



He MRD-11986

274 km / h


Lada Gorbi Prototype  1987

All-terrain vehicle, designed for desert rallies with large 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.

soon 36 year career, the Togliatti plant but also various tuning shops around the world have produced various versions of this car, from the five-door extended cab to the beach. The most exotic version of the Russian off-roader is an experimental prototype bearing the name of Lada Gorbi designed and manufactured by the legendary theorist and practitioner of bio-design, le designer Luigi Colani. Lada Gorbi, constructed on the basis of a Lada in 1987, is no exception to the rule. And it is true that the Lada was redesigned : the engine has been moved and is now located in a central position. Through its general concept, this prototype recalls Buggies specially prepared to participate in races in the desert : substantial ground clearance, large diameter wheels, symbolic wings.


Car kit based on VW Beetle GT2 1987


Corvette Charisma Prototype 1988 

Sport Coupe1989

It's a Motorcycle at 3 wheels, she had to go to Tomorrow '89 for Records


Sports coupe 2 mid-engine seating that uses a VW Golf engine (Rabbit) centrally mounted.



UTAH 10  1989

La Miura de Colani is finally visible to the public for the first time after forty years (with his model)

Car Bodypainting Girls


Drawing of Marc Simonnet 1986.

 
FORD Prototype de Record (Cream / white-black, Blue in 1990, Yellow, Red then White)  1989


Lucas Bignon participated in the construction of vehicles for Automorrow au Lac Salé UTAH and also in the American Road Trip.


Luke Design





Testa d'Oro Colani  1989

Basic is a Ferrari Testarossa 512 TR


The Mercedes V8 is therefore stuffed with two turbochargers, 
giving it a total capacity of 1000 horses.


 


In 1989, with its new body, world record holder in its category at 351 km / pm 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.

Salt Speeder – 1989 Lotec Colani Testa D'oro Ferrari

Version 1 : It is a Testarossa which retains all of its original chassis. Especially the upper part (cabin space integrity, windscreen/roof completely identical to a standard Testarossa) Most of the changes (carried out with the assistance of the company LOTEC) consist of a body lowering and a fairing “low” (way “tuning the luxury” gossip will say) Lengthening of the front and rear overhangs And engine improvement, Of course.

Colani C309

In 1993 Colani refines his model to make it even more aerodynamic and radically transforms his bodywork to make it the Show-Car that we still know today ‼
It was eventually sold in 2015 at 1.7 million de dollars.

The Colani Ferrari "Testa d’Oro" en 1993.

Version 2 : It is in fact a profound evolution of the first version. The chassis is deeply modified, and this second version loses its high cell (windshield, roof) for greater aerodynamic efficiency and a much lower passenger compartment. Completely new This second version is the only one that still exists, since it was made on the basis of the first…It is “the same car”. the first version no longer exists. here.

Colani C309

 Stingray1990

 

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..

In Bonneville and he obtains some records there, dhave a move to 350 km / h, On the Bonneville circuit, several Corvettes have come, established and beat speed records on demonstration plots at high speed of Mother Nature.


Center Pompidou integrates Colani pieces into its permanent Carstudy design collection by 1990. Glass fiber reinforced polyester 120 x 500 x 205 cm. Model : Automobile Group C Stingray 1990


Volvo Sport1991

 Mercedes McLaren model 1991

Luigi Colani Design, Volvo Sport Built before Mercedes Mc Larlen 1991 (Everything will have to be redesigned)


Corvette Prototype Racer 1991

Prototype Racer

 

Corvette Colani1992

Corvette Colani 401,700 km / h on 17/10/1992

Utah 1992 

” Luigi Colani Design ” Utah a 30cc single seat bike that has reached 148 km / h


Horch Mega-Roadster1996

Since Colani was originally from Germany, he was hit hard to lose big German brands like Horsch. He therefore created the Horch du Futur which will pass the 20th century. The prototype was presented to the general public in 1996. It was gray and black and green..

Car Bodypainting Girls

Designers Luigi Colani on Monday (28.10.1996) during a photo shoot for the “Essen Motor Show International” with his “Horch-Colani” in front of the exhibition center. With this convertible of superlatives, Colani recalls pre-war luxury automaker with V8 engine from 7 liters and a top speed of 250 km / h.



Base Viper Mamba Le Mans 1999 

  

Golf Car Colani2000

Modèle 1,2,3 YELLOW CITY ELECTRIC CAR

SHANGHAI – Yellow Egg Colani

SHANGHAI – Yellow Egg Colani




SHANGHAI YELLOW EGG – CITY
La Miura de Colani is finally visible to the public for the first time after forty years

Shanghai Yellow Egg2001



 (PROTOTYPE) SHANGHAI YELLOW EGG – CITY ELECTRIC CAR 2



Shark2003

Shark 2003 Opel Speedstar Re-designed


Karting Child ?????? 2004 


LSR7002004

700 km / h, La Miura de Colani is finally visible to the public for the first time after forty years Luigi Colani Design, Aerodynamics Study LSR 700

The Exhibition at Nancy-halle Karlsruhe, Germany.

Avantis Yellow Egg2006

AVANTIS  YELLOW EGG – CITY ELECTRIC CAR 3 2006




 



Street-Ray2006

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.



 Aerodynamics Study Vélo 2 Places??? 2007


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Karlsruhe workshop, Germany 28 August  2007

Exposition “Futurama” of the 50 years of Luigi Colani, Nancy Hall Karlsruhe, Germany.

Il s’agit d’un Traylor de transport pour planeurs 2006/2007 et a été créé pour une compagnie aéronautique à Bruchsal / Karlsruhe





Il s’agit d’un Traylor de transport pour planeurs 2006/2007 et a été créé pour une compagnie aéronautique à Bruchsal / Karlsruhe

Pierce-Arrow2008




 

 



The prototype Pierce-Arrow super sports car under construction in Luigi Colani's workshop in Karlsruhe, February 2008


Goldfinger2003

Goldfinger, Milan


Moto Colani2012

3D Future Supercar T600  2019

Inauguration of its latest Colani concept “Kranji Sports Car” its body measures 5,5 meters long for 2,2 meters wide

Future Supercar T600 2019

Concept sports car with a target speed of 600 kilometers per hour has a length of 5,5 meters and a width of 2,2 meters. Design combines bionics and aerodynamics, and “forms Kranji” unique ensures that it adapts closely to the ground when driving at high speed.

LUIGI COLANI Biodesign Codex
DONGDAEMUM
Exhibition du 08 / 12 / 2017  the 25 / 03 / 2018


Discover the World Industrial Design Conference 2019 Yantai, Shandong, China

World Exhibition of Industrial Design 2019



UTAH???


Luigi Colani Bio Design Show Codex – Milan (2011)



C Form ??? ??? ???



Car proposal Mileage Marathon Record car Colani is apparently a kind of casting of a woman's body. He seems to be a simple downhill runner, as it seems to have been molded tightly around the young woman with no provision for the pedals.

Record bike 100 km / h

Record bike1982

Luigi Colani, Exhibition in the Technorama  1982


Latest Concept of this Colani Scooter ?


►►►Luigi Colani's Vehicle Inventory
►►► Automorrow’ 89 UTAH Cars de Luigi Colani,USA


 Design Museum Londres


Le designer Ross Lovegrove talks about Colani's fearless approach to design and his great visions in the fields of mobility, of aviation and future life. On the occasion of the master's 90th birthday, we are publishing this film made in December 2011 at the Pinakothek in Munich.


Luigi Colani – Superbike | Ross Lovegrove Interpretation


 

Virginia Maneval

I am the daughter of Jean Benjamin Maneval, famous urban architect who notably created the Bulle Six Coques, a plastic house from the pop years. You can also find me on my Facebook page Bubblemania.fr or on my page La Bulle Six Coques by Jean Benjamin Maneval.

5 thoughts on “Luigi Colani (1928-2019) Aerodynamic vehicles

  1. Hallo Virginia.
    Bravo! Great picture inventory about the almost endless work of Prof. Luigi Colani.
    before over 40 I had my very first contact with Luigi Colani years ago and was enthusiastic about his ideas and creations from the very first moment. Over the decades I have visited him at various exhibitions, lectures, presentations, Symposia etc. im In- and abroad. Last but not least, an absolute highlight was the visit 1989 on the Salt Flats in Utah on the occasion of his world record attempts. Luigi Colani was an incredibly fascinating person with an infinitely bubbling wealth of ideas. Certainly he was not an easy person and not always very diplomatic in his dealings. In his dealings and behavior he sometimes had rough edges 😉, which he is known to be in all’ completely excluded from his works and creations.

     

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