- The Covini C6W

The Tyrrell P34 has always been one of the most iconic Formula 1 cars in history, not so much for its sporting results (although it achieved an honorable third place in the 1976 season) but for its particular six-wheel configuration.

The Tyrrell P34

The Tyrrell P34

Two larger wheels were mounted behind it and four smaller ones were placed in the front section, so as to have better cornering and greater grip.

Front section

Front section

The Italian company Covini Engineering was impressed by the project and began to develop a sports car that exploited the same technical solutions, but to complete the project started in 1978 it took 2004 and numerous resets.

Side section

Side section

It was in that year that the C6W was presented at the Geneva motor show, which was based on a tubular steel frame wrapped in a carbon fiber bodywork.

Rear section

Rear section

The engine was fitted with an Audi V8 4.2 36V managed by a six-speed manual gearbox and combined with rear-wheel drive.

The cockpit

The cockpit

Able to generate the power of 442 hp with 470 Nm of torque, the engine allowed the C6W a top speed of 298 km/h.

TEST DRIVE OF THE C6W

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VERDICT

Incredibly, the car proved to be a success and is still produced today with a rhythm of eight specimens assembled every year in the Castel San Giovanni factory.

Thank you to Valentina Zanola for the cooperation

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