Covini C6W six-wheel supercar to enter production in 2009

The Covini C6W made its debut at the 2004 Geneva Motor Show and is rumored to see production next year

The Covini C6W made its debut at the 2004 Geneva Motor Show and is rumored to see production next year

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The Covini C6W (short for Covini 6 Wheeler) is an Italian two-seat, two-door supercar with a removable roof section. The vehicle was first conceived more than 30 years ago by Ferruccio Covini but was later ditched until the late 1980s. With the development of new hydro-pneumatic suspension technology, Covini was able to design the front four-wheel section to suit different driving conditions, however the project was delayed once again due to high development costs.

Then, in 2004, Covini rolled out the first completed prototype at the Geneva Motor Show, promising to put the car into production. Unfortunately, since its debut nothing has been seen or heard of the Covini C6W. That has all changed with AutoWeek reporting that the oddly-designed supercar is headed for limited production next year.

The benefits of the six-wheel system, according to Covini, is that the vehicle is protected if one of the front wheels is deflated, has extra braking capacity thanks to four individual brake units up front plus two in the back, less chance of aquaplaning, increased grip and a more comfortable ride.

The production version is expected to sport the same Audi-sourced 4.2L V8 engine as the prototype. Final numbers should read 380hp (260kW) and 331lb-ft (450Nm), with drive going to the rear wheels via a six-manual gearbox. The C6W features a steel tubular chassis with carbon fiber reinforcements and structural parts. The four front wheels measure 16in, while the rear pair measure in at 20in.

Covini claims the C6W weighs in at just 1,150kg and is capable of reach speeds in excess of 300km/h.
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Comments (21)
  1. ok.. more grip? sure.. protection against hydro-planing? not a chance. hydroplaning is what happens when your wheels cant cut through the water to reach the road below. it means that driving over rain feels like driving over snow. this is WORSENED with higher contact area with the road.

    besides. it's fugly.

  2. I saw a Tyrell P34 drive straight to the front in a field of multi-year vintage F1 cars recently. This is no gimick. Does make you blink though.

  3. i'm not saying that it's a gimick. i'm saying that hydroplaning would be worse.

  4. plus.. lisa.. remember that F1 cars have lots of down force caused by the body work. the down force is so strong that at race speeds, they could actually drive upside down because they stick so much to the road.

    on cars with little or no downforce (road cars, even super cars) the added contact area might minimize effective grip by not putting enough pressure on the road.

  5. Of all the ahir-brained ideas out there, this one will not sell simply because it is ugly.

  6. It's like a girl with an extra set. Might be good on paper, but in reality?...

  7. lol gus... this car and that girl draw so many parallels.. an extra pair up front, and nothing but business under the rear?

    i hope i dont have to elaborate any further.

    ...makes a front-wheel drive car seem REALLY odd :p

  8. Wasn't there a British company that made a huge 6 wheel car back in the '70s or '80s with a Cadillac engine? I think they also made Bugatti Royale or Morgan-esque replicas too.

  9. Mike- yes there was and it was called a Panther. Also that Cadillac engine was a huge 8.2 litres with twin turbo's. It now sits dismantled in a shipping container somewhere in the middle east.

    As for this idea!!! You've got Ferrari announcing its laying off 10% of its workforce and these guys think that their unknown company is going to sell supercars in the current economy. Fat chance!!!

  10. Looked weird in the picture renderings . . . looks worse in the real ones . . .

  11. Chris, theres a very little chance anybody's gona drive this in the rain, so grip is not the issue here. Its just ugly. And there is tons of grip on dry land especially since its light and has the extra pair of wheels. I wouldn't worry about hydroplaning

  12. According to Covini, the two foremost wheels wipe away the water for the wheels directly behind them and thus lowers the risk of aquaplaning.

  13. there is such thing as a six wheeled car but not a supercar! even if somehow it drives amazingly which i doubt it looks like where looking at the car through double vision.

  14. This car looks stupid.

  15. I would be much more impressed if there was tandem rear axles.... More power to the road...
    silly, this is for people with too much money....

  16. Hey chris, if the front tires have independent suspension from each other on both sides which it says they do, then the hydroplaning would actually be significantly reduced due to the fact that the front most wheel will create displacement for the trailing wheel, think of the wake of a boat. This is actually old tech that was thought of back in the forties by the Famous Tucker

  17. i would give it to some i really don't like. just to get even.

  18. it's basicaly a 6 wheeled ferrari of sorts,an unattractive 1 at that,i wonder what idiots financed such a big waste of time and money

  19. A real car nut. Wish I was a shiek.

  20. i wonder.. have they ever thought of putting the 2 extra set of wheels at the back, and run power to the 4 rear wheels? imagine the thrust that thing would have with an engine from the SL65 AMG! my god... you'd snap your neck if you gassed it lol

  21. Supercar manufacturers typically produce a very small number of cars since they are targetted at people who buy completely to demostrate they can afford to overpay. When you want someone to see that you overpaid, ugly works as long as it is distinctive, and the reality is that few people will confuse this thing with anything else on the road. Even ferrari expects to manufacture a number of each of their cars, but this thing can do a total production run of 20 or so, 15 or so of which will eventually end up sitting in some collectors' garages (the other five will be smashed up by rich people driving drunk and/or stoned), and still make the company money.
    However, the idea of more wheels is intriguing if they can actually demonstrate some value. for example, why do they put them two behind two. Why not four across? It might give some better control over rough raod. Oh, this wasn't designed to ever drive over a rough road, was it.

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