Want to see more? Download Driven App for FREE!

Covini - 2004 C6W
Covini - 2004 C6W

Covini - 2004 C6W

3 0
Covini C6W The original idea for the Covini C6W was conceived by Ferruccio Covini in '74 and made provision for 10 inches front wheels because there where no low profile tyres at... More »
Covini C6W

The original idea for the Covini C6W was conceived by Ferruccio Covini in '74 and made provision for 10 inches front wheels because there where no low profile tyres at the time. The project was ditched in favour of the Soleado prototype, deemed more important, and lay dormant until the 80s when hydro-pneumatic suspension for the four front wheels where devised to optimise weight distribution under various loading conditions. High development costs and other contingencies forced the project to be delayed again. Its use of new ABS technologies and airbags in the 90s pointed in the direction of new research into active and passive safety. This aspect encouraged backing from companies for its development.

Why six wheels?

in case of a front tyre deflation, the vehicle control is guaranteed by the other wheel next to it.

four front disc brakes, although a smaller single area, ensure a greater braking surface; this means less overheating and a higher brake effort

low risk of aquaplaning, due to the two foremost wheels, which wipe the water for the ones behind them, ensuring a better roadholding

comfort is a consequence of more evenly distributed reaction forces in the supension: the reaction in case of a pot hole is divided between the four front wheels and the shudder in the chassis is limited.

reduced unsprung weight in the wheels improves the grip. Directional stability is improved: a change of angle due to slack in the steering mechanism (in stuctures like silentblocks) is compensated by the second set of wheels.

two additional springs and dampers provide a better handling for the vehicle.

Technical Specifications

ENGINE: rear, longitudinal, 8 cylinder in V formation, 4 valves per cylinder, naturally aspirated, petrol direct injection Bosch-motronic.

CAPACITY: 4200 cc

MAX POWER: 380 PS (260KW) at 6400 rpm

MAX TORQUE: about 450 Nm (45.9 Kgm) at 2700 rpm

TRANSMISSION: rear wheel drive transaxle

GEARBOX: mechanical 6-speed + reverse. Manual and electro-hydraulic steeringwheel mounted servo

CHASSIS: steel tubular with carbon fibre reinforcements and structural parts

SUSPENSION: independent front and rear wishbones

WHEELS AND TYRES: front 16in wheels with 215/45-16 tyres; rear 20in with 345/25-20 tyres

BRAKES: front and rear vented Brembo discs. Bosch servo and electronic brake distribution

BODYWORK: glass fibre and carbon fibre

DIMENSIONS: length 4180mm; width 1990mm; height 1080mm; wheelbase 2230mm/2750mm (to foremost/middle front transaxle); front track 1540mm; rear track 1620mm ; dry weight 1150 kg

TOP SPEED: 300 km/h (185mph)
Hide -
Share this with a friend who loves cars

You Might Also Like

B24
Covini - 1981 B24

1981 B24

T40
Covini - 1985 T40

1985 T40

C6W Spider
Covini - 2006 C6W Spider

2006 C6W Spider