Type E21, also known as simply 21, was a single care in a short history of the German Eifelland project. Team Eifelland Caravans was founded by businessman Günther Hennerici who had a caravan manufacturing company. Hennerici and his twin brother Heinz were involved in motor racing , and Eifelland Caravans was a long-time backer of Rolf Stommelen, financing his F2 career and early steps in Formula 1. The team was named after Eifel mountains where Hennerici was born. The task to design the German F1 car was entrusted to Swiss industrial design guru Luigi Colani, who built the car around standard March 721. Colani redesigned the body of the car in his typical rounded aerodynamic style. The air intake and a single rear view mirror mounted in front of the driver were its most distinctive features. The power was provided by conventional Cosworth V8 engine. In general, March 721 was not the best platform, and new features only worsen its characteristics – the E21 had problems with overheating, downforce and reliability, and finally team had to replace some of Colani’s designs with the original parts from March. Stommelen (who else?) was choosen as the driver, and Rolf didn’t do all that bad. He was a regular finisher with best 10th places at Monaco and Italy. Meanwhile, the Hennerici’s money had dried out and the Eifelland withdrew after Austrian Grand Prix. Despite all the failures, Eifelland E21 remains one of the most interesting design in F1 of the 70s. As of Stommelen, it was not the end of his F1 ambitions – the German continued to race in F1 until 1978, but mostly on the irregular basis. The most dramatic episode of his F1 career was in the 1975 Spanish Grand Prix at Montjuich Park in Barcelona , when he crashed after the rear wing of his Hill GH1 failed which caused his car to fly into the crowd, resulting in the deaths of five spectators and him being seriously injured. Eight years later his another crash was fatal. He was competing in the Los Angeles Times Grand Prix 6 hours sports car race driving Porsche 935 with co-driver Derek Bell. Stommelen was running in second place when the rear wing broke due to mechanical failure at 310 km/h. The car became uncontrollable, slammed against a concrete wall, somersaulted and caught fire. Stommelen died of head injuries.
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