This car that raced at the 1955 Le Mans race is still remembered even after passage of 60 plus years.
Created by three people, it was powered by Giannini Automobili's 737 cc engine that gave 62 HP and built on a FIAT 500 chassis. Weighing little over 450 kg it ran up to a maximum speed of 220 km/hr. Named as DAMOLNAR, a name derived from Mario Dalmonte, Carlo Mollino and Enrico Nardi, this car was also known as Nardi Bisiluro (in Italian, Bisiluro means twin-torpedo) as it was made at Enrico Nardi’s factory called Officine Nardi.
The entire idea of creating an asymmetric car came from an inspiration that racing car driver Enrico Nardi gathered in 1948 while looking at a plane called Blohm & Voss BV 141 in which the pilot’s cabin was separated from the main fuselage. But he had no resources to make one, then.
Later in 1954 he begins work by asking designer Carlo Mollino and engineer Mario Dalmonte to join his project. The idea was simple – create an asymmetrical structure and fitting other elements such as the engine, fuel tank, etc. to that structure. This thought was unique.
Mollino designed the car with two separate shells that were conjoined. The left side was intended for the engine and the transmission while the right side was for the driver. The radiator construction was also different – it comprised of rectangular tubes that were meant to disperse heat through the air flowing into it. With several principles borrowed from aircraft design, the car was not only light but so fast so much that Enrico Nardi commented “the more faster one drives, the more difficult it becomes to control”.
Apparently, his prediction did come true and this happened during the race at Le Mans. Just 2.5 hours in to the race, a fast approaching Jaguar D-type went past Mario Dalmonte who was driving at high speed. This 'passing' made the car rattle badly due to sudden air-waves resulting in his car hitting a water-filled ditch. The car sadly could not complete the race but it did make a mark in automotive car racing.
The same car is now preserved at the museum called the Museo della Scienza e della Tecnologia "Leonardo da Vinci" located in Milan.
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|Box Dimension (in inches)||12 x 6.5 x 5.5|