1980 Lancia Medusa.
The most aerodynamic car in the world. The energy crisis at the end of the 1970's brought to a general second thought about cars, also paid attention to low fuel consumptions.
After the energy crisis at the end of the 1970's the concept car thought changed. Sport cars exotic lines and squared ones of production cars will soon left the place to more aerodynamic shapes that reduced air resistance and consumptions.
Medusa was the first concrete example of not utopian but aerodynamic car. It was created on Lancia Beta platform because the back and central engine mechanics allows to create a very outlined head-on.
The absolutely smooth roof, without side drip channels, was an innovation for that time, similarly to the completely flat wheel-hugging wheel arches. The nose, consisting of a single block of fiberglass, performs the functions of fenders and radiator grille and the headlights are of the pop-up type. There is a small spoiler at the base of the rear window.
Smooth lines and some technical solutions like handles and windows close to the bodywork, permit to obtain a 0,255 Cx with cast model, increased to 0,263 with the plate prototype: Medusa was the most aerodynamic car in the world!
Sports cars' exotic lines and squared ones of production cars left the place to more aerodynamic shapes that reduce air resistance and consumption.
It was created on the Lancia Beta platform and here are its specs:
▪️ Engine position and drive: mid-longitudinal engine, rear-drive.
▪️ Engine: Lancia Montecarlo 4 cylinder, 1,9L, 120hp at 6000 rpm.
This road-going prototype made its public debut at the 1980 Turin International Motor Show.