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Grace
Hagerty Employee

How the 1921 Rumpler Tropfenwagen foreshadowed today’s mid-engine race cars

At the 1921 Berlin Motor Show, the first gathering of the car faithful following World War I, a decidedly bizarre machine wowed the crowds. Edmund Rumpler, a Vienna-born engineer who made his name as Germany’s first aircraft manufacturer, presented his Tropfenwagen ("water drop car") with coachwork resembling a Zeppelin airship’s gondola.

 

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Grace
Hagerty Employee

you really cannot beat this name. not that it's strictly related, but now i want to name a tank "rumpler."

TonyT
Instructor

What is old is new again. And again, and again and...

Jim_H
New Driver

After World War II, the mid-engine concept lay dormant for more than a decade until Britain’s John Cooper successfully resurrected the idea in 1957.”  The Porsche 550 came out in 1953. 

Sajeev
Community Manager

Wow, that's true and I'm glad you brought this to my attention! I am addressing this right now!
Alexsar
New Driver

No designer would design a modern front-engined race car? Except for Panoz, of course.