A project started 30 years ago...
lbs per hp
hp per liter
(from Covini Press Release) The original idea 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
-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
longitudinal, 8 cylinder in V formation, 4 valves per cylinder,
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
CHASSIS: steel tubular with carbon fibre reinforcements and
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 1150Kg
TOP SPEED: 300Kph (185mph)