The Covini C6W – The Six Wheeled Supercar
You know what's wrong with all supercars: they just don't have enough wheels.
I adore supercars way beyond the limits of what's considered healthy; I love them to a point where it could be classified as a mental condition that requires strong medication; I love them with such an intensity, that supercar owners should arm themselves with tasers to prevent me from licking them (the cars, that is – not the owners!).
Despite my passion for the breed however, I've noticed something that's fundamentally wrong with every supercar out there: they only have 4 wheels. Thankfully, someone in Italy obviously felt the same, because what we have here is the world's first and only 6-wheeled supercar: the Covini C6W.
Reminiscent of the Tyrrell P34 F1 car, the C6W is the result of a lifelong dream, and over 30 years worth of ambition. With the project first being conceived in 1974, the creator – Ferruccio Covini – was forced to abandon it due to a lack of appropriate tyres at the time. It wasn't until 2003 that the idea was revived once again, and in 2004, the C6W finally took shape and was shown to a world of dropped jaws.
The project being delayed until the new millenium was, in my view, definitely for the best. Back when it was originally proposed, the company wouldn't have been able to utilise such lovely technologies as carbon fibre for the body, and a 4.2L normally aspirated Audi V8 producing 434bhp.
While the carbon fibre body may sit over a skeleton of steel, it's still an incredibly light car, at just 2535lbs (1150kg). According to Covini, the combination of light weight and Audi V8 power is enough to push this 6-wheeled supercar to a top speed of 186mph. The only time 6 wheels have travelled faster is when they're attached to something that flies.
As wonderful as the prospect of a 6-wheeled supercar is however, there must come a point where the penny of reason drops and you ask the question "why?". Well, using 4 wheels at the front and 2 at the rear actually results in many benefits in the name of both safety and performance.
Not only does it have the potential to increase turn-in bite and overall stability, but by using 4 brakes at the front, it also results in improve braking power and efficiency. While the front brakes may be smaller than they would be if the car only had 2 front wheels, the surface area is greater, meaning better stopping power, and lower braking temperatures. Not to mention that the addition of 6 wheels also adds comfort to the car.
It really does sound like a complete win-win then, the Covini. But as the eagle eyed amongst you will've picked up on the critical word: "sounds"...
At the moment, only one C6W is in existence, and it had never made official production. Not only that, but – to my knowledge – it has never been properly put through its paces at speed. Not to mention that since the car was first built, the world has moved on quite a bit, and now 434bhp isn't quite enough for it to be granted supercar status.
I'm not going to sound too cynical, because I'd genuinely love to see the day where a 6-wheeled supercar is cruising around the streets. But if I put my realistic hat on, the chances of this 6-wheeled supercar being the one seen out in the wild is virtually nil.
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Written by: Angelo Uccello
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