Covini C6W six-wheel supercar
|What is it?
||Why do you want it?
||Where can you get it?
|a six-wheel supercar
||mind blowing, weird
The Italian-built Covini C6W is a six-wheeled supercar which
has been in development since the mid-1970s.
The four front wheels are mainly inspired by safety concerns.
Two front wheels at each corner means a front tire blowout will
not cause the vehicle to lose control because the other wheel
can carry the weight of the vehicle and provide control while
the driver brings it to a stop.
Then there's the additional stopping power provided by two additional
brakes, and four tire footprints to transmit the force - although
the individual area of each tire footprint is smaller than that
of a traditional tire, the total area is greater.
Covini also claim there is less risk of aquaplaning because
the two foremost wheels clear the water for the ones behind
and allow better road adhesion.
Comfort is another consideration - less unsprung weight at each
wheel allows the suspension to control wheel movement better
and the overall ride benefits from more evenly distributed reaction
forces in the suspension.
The drop in the individual unsprung weight of each wheel also
offers much better grip and better directional stability - with
a well-matched set of tires, a six-wheeler can be expected to
have higher cornering speeds than a four wheeler.
The rest of the Covini C6W is less remarkable. The car is based
around a tubular steel frame with carbon fiber structural elements.
The bodywork is a combination of fiberglass and carbon fiber
Powering the car is a 4.2 litre V8 engine which produces 420
horsepower and 346 lb-ft (470 Nm) of torque. Enough for an impressive
185 mph top speed.
The interior of the car is pretty plain in comparison to the
exterior. Access is via scissor doors, and the cabin offers
very little in the way of creature comforts. The driver gets
a rather busy looking instrument cluster, while the passenger
gets, well, nothing. Not even a glovebox.
The Covini C6W is available in both coupe and roadster form
and sold through the brand PMI Covini. The car is manufactured
in Cortemaggiore, Italy. The cars are built to order and can
be customized during the build process.
Yes you can buy this. Here is where you need to go: Covini