By Kalina Van Vlack
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Videographer / director: Matteo Terzaghi
Producer: Kalina Van Vlack, Ruby Coote
Editor: Ethan Edwards
ALIANS are known for their supercars, from Lamborghini to Ferrari, Maserati to Bugatti – but one you probably haven’t heard of is the Covini 6SW.
In 1974, Ferruccio Covini first conceived the original idea of manufacturing a six-wheeled supercar.
Low-profile tyres were unavailable at the time, so the project was abandoned at its inception and was left until the 1980s, when hydro-pneumatic suspensions were developed.
High costs and various other hindrances further delayed the project until the 1990s, when new technologies and airbags encouraged investors.
Ferruccio Covini’s elder son Federico told BTV: “We had to find the right investors in order to reach our target.”
The car has a starting price of €600,000 but can be much more expensive if customised.
“Our goal at first was not to sell this kind of car, we just built them for passion,” explained Federico.
Why six wheels? If one of the front tyres deflates, the wheel next to it allows it to maintain enough control.
Having four break disks in the front also makes for a larger braking surface, resulting in better braking and less overheating.
Other advantages that come from having six wheels include better road holding, reduced risk of aquaplaning, improved directional stability and better handling.
Ferruccio Covini explained: “No other manufacturer has this technology; the car is very driveable with our power steering.”
This six-wheeled supercar has everything it needs to make driving it a truly unique experience.
Ferruccio’s other son, Gianluca said: “The car is equipped with a 4.2 Litre engine positioned in the middle with a transaxle gearbox and we have the rear wheel drive with approximately 500 HP, so the speed is roughly 300 km per hour.”
Whilst driving it, Gianluca explains that it feels very different to a four-wheeled car.
He said: “The sensation is very different - it’s very powerful and strong, when you’re entering a corner you feel the front of the car that is pushing in.”
Gianluca also explains that the six-wheeled vehicle does not understeer, which helps with the driving experience.
He said: “We have a lot of power without any traction control so it’s very enjoyable to ride.”
Though highly customisable, the interior of the car is not unusual.
Gianluca said: “The inside is very simple, we have a manual gear box and a rear-view camera but you can customise it all, starting from the colours and materials.”
With such a unique design, the Corvini never fails to catch people’s eyes when it’s being driven.
Federico said: “Generally the people who see this car for the first time are amazed - they simply can’t believe what they’re seeing.”