Covini Engineering, Italy

Covini Engineering, Italy

 

 

 

Covini Engineering

 

Established
1978
Predecessor
Ferruccio Covini

 

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), 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.

 

History

After constructing a few prototypes as a hobby, in 1978 Ferruccio Covini founded the Covini Engineering, a small company dedicated to the construction of static and automotive prototypes. Built from the passion for cars and engines, the artisan company has been active mainly with experimentation and innovation rather than big volume production. The main prototypes so far built are the T44 Soleado (1978), a sportscar with 4 wheel drive and and innovative bodyshell made with interchangeable panels, the T40 Summit (1986), a luxurious and elegant 2+2 coupe propelled by a 4 litre engine with an experimental Overboost system, the B24 Sirio (1982), a sports 2 seater saloon, the first production diesel engined car reaching 200 Km/h (125 mph); C36 Turbotronic (1998): a Supercoupe able to shatter the 300 Km/h barrier (188 mph).

These prototypes have the peculiarity of being all propelled by the powerful diesel engines from VM Motori (from Cento, Ferrara). Actually the company is developing the new COVINI C6W, a three axles super gt, that looks to active and passive safety without give up the performances. Covini Engineering has alsso taken part in other important projects like the design and manufacture of the Dragon Fly ultralight 2 seater helicopter, and the supercar Chevrolet Callaway C7.

 

Models:

Covini C6W:

The Covini C6W is an Italian 2-seat 2-door sports coupe with a removable roof section. Inspiration for the car was taken from the 1976 Tyrrell P34, which had two pairs of smaller front wheels, a principle applied to the C6W. The project was started in 1974 but abandoned shortly after, and left dormant into the 1980's due to the lack of availability of low-profile tires at the time. In 2003 the project was revived and in 2004 the C6W was shown in prototype form. In 2005 a slightly revised version debuted at the Salon International de l'Auto, featuring new wheels, new roof structure and a refreshed interior, and went into limited production of 6-8 cars per year, as a result of a
tie-up between PMI and Covini Engineering. The car features a rear, 4200 cc 8-cylinder engine and has a top speed of 186 mph (299 km/h).

 

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 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). It was the first diesel road vehicle to exceed 200 km/h (124 mph), with a top speed of 205 km/h (127 mph).

 

Covini T40:

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, 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).

 

 

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