The German team Eifelland had a fleeting passage through Formula 1. They only played eight Grands Prix in the 1972 season with the German Rolf Stommelen as the only driver.
The squad was owned by magnate Gunther Henerici, who also had a company that made trailers. To promote his business, Henerici bet on motorsport with participations in Formula 3 and Formula 2.
This is how it came to Formula 1, at a time when these types of adventures were possible thanks to the fact that you could buy a chassis from a third party and equip it with a reliable engine.
Eifelland never won and didn't even make a podium. In fact, his best finishing position was a couple of tenths with Stommelen in Monaco and Great Britain. However, he is fondly remembered by the memoir for the extravagant design of his car, the Type 21, which was actually a modified March 721.
The Eifelland 21 was modified by Luigi Colani, a German artist dedicated to industrial design who at that time had a studio that created furniture for the home, appliances in even clothing.
The car was visible to the naked eye for two reasons: its curious central rear-view mirror, located on a pillar at the top of the nose and well above the driver's head; and an air inlet that passed around the cabin until it reached the Cosworth engine.
Towards the end of that season, the Eifelland trailer company was sold and the new owner decided to cancel the Formula 1 program. Thus, the Type 21 stopped racing, although it secured a place in the history of the category for its unique design. .
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