This open-wheel racecar is an EV with 1940s styling
It's called the Helvezzia Tipo 6 and it looks absolutely incredible!
It seems like we all love retro-styled cars. Everything from the Volkswagen New Beetle to the newer versions of the Fiat 500 to the new Alpine A110 has tried to capture stylistic cues of times long gone and bring them into the present day. Alexander Imnadze Baldini has gone a step further than all of those cars though and created a car that looks straight out of what somebody from the 1940s would think cars of the future will look like. It's called the Helvezzia Tipo 6 and whilst it may not look out of place from Grand Prix cars of the era, it's very different from them in one big respect; it's an EV!
Yes, you read that right. This gorgeous dieselpunk-looking machine is designed to be fully electric! There's a very good reason for that too. Baldini wanted to imagine what racing cars would look like if electric power had become the norm in the 1940s like it very well could have done (at one time during the early 1900s electric vehicles outsold internal combustion ones and electric vehicles weren't left by the wayside until the discovery of huge new oil reserves in various different parts of the world). Despite having an EV powertrain that doesn't require huge amounts of cooling, the Helvezzia Tipo 6 has an enormous imposing front grille that's in a very unusual shape, as well as some post-war Chrysler-like portholes on one side of the car. it's also got some typical classic design elements from cars of the inter-war and post-war eras including a huge side-mounted spare wheel, a tiny front windscreen, tiny round side mirrors and huge bicycle fenders on the wheels. It also has chrome absolutely everywhere and all the better for it!
Image: Alexander Imnadze Baldini
As you'd expect from a racing car, it has a single seat and very little in the way of creature comforts for the driver. It does have some very cool gauges both on and behind the steering wheel though! There doesn't seem to be a proper gear lever in sight but there is a small lever behind the steering wheel, so I'd assume that much like in the real-life development of electric cars the people of this alternate 1940s would have gone for a single-speed transmission with an automatic gearbox-style shifter. That would mean that this car would have the go-kart-like driving experience people have come to expect from modern electric performance cars where it's all gas and brakes coupled with serious levels of acceleration!
Image: Alexander Imnadze Baldini
Whilst it's supposed to be an out-and-out racing car, it has also been designed with street use in mind. That means it has headlights that are similar to what you would have seen on cars of the 1940s, as well as a spot on the rear designed for a numberplate. Whilst it may be fully street-legal, I wouldn't be surprised if it would be a bit of a handful to handle on the roads of the 1940s, which were definitely not as good as most of the roads we have today!
All in all, the Helvezzia Tipo 6 is an absolute design masterclass. I could very easily imagine this being driven in some kind of dieselpunk film or TV series, or indeed anything like that with a retro-futuristic aspect. It's a very interesting insight into how car development could have gone in that era of electric powertrains had become the norm instead of internal combustion engines. Hopefully, one day, somebody will actually try to make this car a reality, even if it just ends up becoming a one-off show car or something that can't possibly ever be road legal on today's roads.