The 6-wheeled Covini supercar looks better than you think
For years I've been using this car as a metaphor for what doesn't work in design.
I don't remember when and where I first learnt of the existence of the Covini supercar. It may have been a car magazine a million years ago, or perhaps it was in one of those card games, Top Trumps I think they call it. Whatever. What I do remember for certain is that I thought it looked hideous.
The idea of fitting six wheels in a car has been around since the dawn of the time. At some point in the 70s, Tyrrell designed the P34, a 6-wheeled F1 car that was designed to compete in the 1977 F1 season. I don't believe for a second that six wheels can do any good to a car, performance-wise, but quite apart from anything else, putting six wheels on a car of any sort simply looks odd and ugly. Kinda like fitting four arms to a human being. It looks all weird and unbalanced. However, I was at Parco Valentino in Turin, the biggest car show in Italy that's becoming increasingly important in the automotive industry, and after so many years I finally saw the Covini C6W in the "metal" and I have to say that while it still does look ugly, it is a lot more interesting than I thought.
The Covini C6W is a 2-door coupe with a removable roof with two extra front wheels. It was first introduced as a concept car in 2004 and subsequently put on sale. It is powered by an Audi-made 4.2 L V8 with 434 hp and 470 Nm of torque and it has a top speed of 186 mph.
I certainly wouldn't call it pretty but at least it isn't boring. It sits lower than it looks and it's more compact than it appears in any of the videos and pictures I've seen it featured in. It's rugged and raw, in a way, you can definitely tell it was designed nearly twenty years ago. Put it to you this way. If I were rich enough to own 20 other supercars, I probably still wouldn't buy one. But if I had enough money to afford 21 supercars and limite edition sportscars, the Covini would definitely be one of them.
As seen at this year's Parco Valentino car show in Turin. The show is held at the "Parco del Valentino" public park in Turin in June every year. Admission is free and you can get your free ticket here. It grants access to all parts of the show including collateral events, parades and gatherings which take place in the courtyard of the "Castello del Valentino’s" and in the other locations. The ticket will also give you a 30% discount on train tickets to and from Turin from anywhere else in Italy.