Erich Übelacker

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Erich Übelacker, 19 October 1899 – 30 June 1977, automobile engineer

Übelacker studied mechanical engineering at Prague Technical University and subsequently worked there as an assistant to Professor Rudolf Dörfl. During 1927-1939 he worked at Tatra Works in Kopřivnice in Moravia under the leadership of Hans Ledwinka. Together with Hans’s son Erich Ledwinka, Übelacker developed the Tatra type 57 and designed the first Tatra aerodynamic cars with air-cooled rear engines T77, T77a, T87 and T97. During 1939-1941 he worked for Austrian automobile factory Steyr, subsequently moving Daimler-Benz in Stuttgart constructing turbine engines there between 1941-1945. As a captured soldier he continued the work on turbine engines at Turbomeca in Pau, France. From 1949 to 1961 he was employed as chief designer of utility and special automobiles at Borgward in Bremen, Germany. He was an author of large number of technical patents relating to automobile design.

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