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 2000 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 in small quantities (including a few BT424 with Lancia Gamma petrol engine), while the other models remained at prototype level. The B24 was the first diesel car to reach 200 km/h (124 mph), and the C36 in its final prototype form reached 300 km/h (186 mph) with its VM Motori diesel engine.
In 2008, after several years of renderings and photographs, Covini officially announced the public release of the C6W. The peculiar 6-wheel format draws inspiration from the Tyrrell P34 Formula One car of the 1970s.
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.
|Covini B24 Turbocooler|
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 Show. It was built to test new technologies such as the air-liquid intercooler. It was the first diesel road vehicle to exceed 200 km/h, with a top speed of 205 km/h.
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. It was sometimes known by its nickname "Summit", because it is a refined version of the earlier Covini T46, an innovative diesel sports car. The car featured a 5-cylinder diesel engine and a top speed of 235 km/h.
- Covini B24 at Covini Engineering.
- Covini C36 at Covini Engineering.
- Six Wheeled Covini heading to production at Jalopnik.com
- Review of Covini C6W at Auto.il (translated by Google)
- Covini Engineering. Accessed June 15, 2010. http://www.coviniengineering.com/ENGLISH/b24.htm
- Covini Engineering. Accessed June 15, 2010. http://www.coviniengineering.com/ENGLISH/t40.htm