Covini Engineering

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Covini Engineering is an Italian car manufacturer that was formed in 1978 by Ferruccio Covini. The company is generally best known for the Covini C6W, a 6-wheeled sports car that has two axles (four wheels) in the front of the car.

Covini's first prototype, the Covini T44 Turbo, was a 4x4 off-road vehicle with the exterior body consisting entirely of flat, interchangeable panels. It was powered by a 2,000 cc turbocharged diesel motor. However, the T44 never saw actual production beyond the one prototype. Over the following 20 years, Covini developed several two-door sport cars with diesel engines: the T46, B24, T40, and C36. Only the B24 was produced with about 9 being made (including a few BT424 with Lancia Gamma petrol engine),[1] while the other models remained at prototype level. The B24 was the first diesel car to reach 200 km/h (124 mph),[1] and the C36 in its final prototype form reached 300 km/h (186 mph) with its VM Motori diesel engine.[2]

In 2008, after several years of renderings and photographs, Covini officially announced the public release of the C6W.[3] The peculiar 6-wheel format draws inspiration from the Tyrrell P34 Formula One car of the 1970s.[4]

Apart from developing its own prototypes, the organization has also done consulting and design work on other projects. The firm contributed to the redesign of the Cadillac STS for the European market, as well as for the design of the Callaway C7. Outside of the automotive industry, Covini also worked on the Dragonfly Project, which was an attempt to build an ultralight helicopter.

B24[edit]

Covini B24 Turbocooler
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Overview
ManufacturerCovini Engineering
Also calledCovini BT424
Covini Sirio
Production1981 (9 produced)
DesignerFerruccio Covini
Body and chassis
Body style2-door coupe
LayoutRMR layout
Dimensions
Curb weight1,050 kg (2,315 lbs)

The Covini B24 Turbocooler or Sirio is an experimental car built by Covini Engineering and unveiled to the public in January 1981 at the Geneva Motor Show. It was built to test new technologies such as the air-liquid intercooler. The B24 was powered by a 2.4 L (2,393 cc) VM Motori turbodiesel I4 engine that produces 95 kW (127.4 hp, 130 PS) at 4,300 rpm. The B24 was produced in limited quantities for the U.S. market with about 9 being made (including a few BT424 models with Lancia Gamma petrol engines).[1] It was the first diesel road vehicle to exceed 200 km/h (124 mph), with a top speed of 205 km/h (127 mph)[5]

T40[edit]

Covini T40
Covini t40.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerCovini Engineering
Also calledCovini Summit
Production1985
DesignerFerruccio Covini
Body and chassis
Body style2-door coupe
LayoutFR layout
Powertrain
Engine3.5L turbo-diesel I5

The Covini T40 Overboost is a car designed by Ferruccio Covini and produced by Covini Engineering between 1985, when it was introduced, and 1988. It is a 4-seater coupe.[citation needed] It was sometimes known by its nickname "Summit", because it is a refined version of the earlier Covini T46, another diesel sports car. The car is powered by a 3.5 L (3,500 cc) VM Motori 5-cylinder Turbo-diesel engine that produces 165 kW (221 hp, 224 PS) at 4,300 rpm. It does 0-100 kmh (0-62 mph) in 7.5 seconds and has a top speed of 235 km/h (146 mph).[6]

C36[edit]

The Covini C36 Turbotronic is a concept car produced by Covini Engineering and introduced in 1998 at the Turin Auto Show. The C36 is powered by a mid mounted 3.6 L (3,600 cc) VM Motori turbo-diesel I6 engine that produces 170 kW (228 hp, 231 PS) at 4,200 rpm and 320 nm (236 ft lb) of torque at 2,850 rpm.[6][7] It features a composite body made from a combination of fiberglass and carbon fiber, Brembo brakes and a 6-speed manual transmission. The C36 in its final prototype form reached a top speed of 300 km/h (186 mph) with its VM Motori diesel engine.[2]

See also[edit]

Covini C36
Overview
ManufacturerCovini Engineering
Production1998
Body and chassis
Body style2-door coupe
LayoutRMR layout
Powertrain
Engine3.6L Turbo-diesel I6
Transmission6-speed manual
Dimensions
Curb weight1050 kg (2314.8 lbs)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Covini B24 at Covini Engineering.
  2. ^ a b Covini C36 at Covini Engineering.
  3. ^ Six Wheeled Covini heading to production at Jalopnik.com
  4. ^ Review of Covini C6W at Auto.il (translated by Google)
  5. ^ Covini Engineering. Accessed June 15, 2010. http://www.coviniengineering.com/ENGLISH/b24.htm
  6. ^ a b Covini Engineering. Accessed June 15, 2010. http://www.coviniengineering.com/ENGLISH/t40.htm
  7. ^ "Covini C36". Covini Engineering (En). 2011-07-28. Retrieved 2018-09-03.

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