Carl-Georg Rasmussen is a mechanical engineer with a PhD in physics; an ecologist specializing in noise pollution; and a small airplane pilot. He is the designer and manufacturer of the Leitra velomobile. Velomobiles were produced in the 1930s, but commercial production ended after the second world war. Rasmussen's Leitra, or "light individual transportation", was motivated by the oil crisis; it is the first commercial production velomobile using "modern" materials and designs.
Rasmussen was interested in daily transport and tours, which guided his design choices for the Leitra. He last owned a car in the 1980s. Rasmussen had an early Leitra confiscated in 1982 by Danish police as a dangerous vehicle; this led him get legal status of velomobiles in Denmark. Rasmussen also organizes velomobile tours.
Rasmussen rode a Leitra in the 1987 Paris-Brest-Paris (PBP). Although the Mochet Velocar is French, Rasmussen is probably the first PBP velomobile rider.
Rasmussen often rides 10,000 kilometers per year.
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