luigi colani: aerodynamic race cars luigi colani: aerodynamic race cars
oct 03, 2011

luigi colani: aerodynamic race cars

ferrari testa d’oro by luigi colani image © designboom

‘the future is on show in milan – colani, biodesign codex show’ presents the first retrospective of german-born swiss-italian luigi colani, who can be considered not just as an industrial designer, but shape scientist – a ‘real sciences artist’. the exhibition is on show at the triennale bovisa, and presents more than 1000 works of art, designs installations which colani has produced in the more than 60 years of his practice. the pieces on show change the meaning of shape and form for viewers. experiencing the exhibition is like taking a journey through a time machine. it presents the work of a man who can be considered an eco-design guru, as already back in the 1960s, he was already campaigning for saving energy, reducing consumption and using alternative energy resources.

within a 1,500m² outdoor space at the exhibition venue, a selection of colani’s conceptual and realized car designs present the diversity of forms of his automotive projects, always conceived with an aerodynamic approach in mind. this presentation of his extreme speed cars includes his ferrari testa d’oro (italian for ‘gold head’), which reached the world record in its class at 351 km/h, back in 1989.

see designboom’s previous coverage of colani’s retrospective exhibition here.

luigi colani at the triennale bovisa image © designboom

luigi colani portrait © designboom

back view of the ferrari testa d’oro race car image © designboom

colani strasburg racing car, aerodynamics by luigi colani image © designboom

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colani super truck image © designboom

colani super truck – front view image © designboom

see more of colani’s automotive design here.

  • Who paid for all that? And Why?

    Neddy says:
  • More great work from the master!

    @ Neddy you pleb.
    who paid for your Internet connection and why?!

    Sean says:
  • Fun stuff!!!

    Ham Hands Bill says:
  • wow
    amezing
    dali as a designer

    dudu says:
  • Colani doesnt come up anything else then those monstrous, curved “things”. This is quite boring.

    bored viewer says:
  • bored viewer…Colani did this stuff probably before your were born and before 3D software was a twinkle in a programmers eye…just take your hat off, take a bow and humble yourself asshole!

    Dr Design says:
  • real disney cars 🙂 only it doesn’t speak

    artman says:
  • @bored viewer You must be the most boring person on earth…

    rlsh says:
  • I love the cool cars! I wish you had some copy or a link to some details about each car. Otherwise it’s just a collection of pictures.

    scott says:
  • enough with this guy…I get so sick of his stupid designs. Eccentric doesn’t always equate genius!

    carboncow says:
  • This guy is Crazy!!!!! that’s the most important thing!!!!!!!!!!!

    Pol says:
  • No Pol, the most important thing is that this guy is lucky, veeery lucky.

    m25 says:
  • There are soooo many haters on designboom it’s amazing. Colani is a master and a visionary for his time, to see that type of design in the years he did it was unheard of. The truck is incredibly efficient, they’re not just “curved things”. Would love to see if any of you can come up with a better small living quarters than his “Rotor House” look it up.

    Man’s a legend, hats off to a master.

    JMac says:

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