Four-wheeled vehicles are great, sure, but the temptation to add two more tires is just too strong for some people to resist—here's what you get when you give in
Dodge T-Rex Concept
Loco Hauk Jeep Wrangler
Hennessey VelociRaptor 6x6
MINI Cooper XXL
Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6
Hustler Highlander 6
Captain Nemo’s six-wheel limousine replica
Kahn Design Flying Huntsman 6x6
1948 Pat Clancy Special
Citroen Cruiser Crosser by Sbarro
Toyota Hilux 6x6 by Arctic Trucks
The 1997 Ram-based T-Rex never saw production, but, boy, if it didn’t re-invigorate the 6×6-wheeled truck trend. With an 8.0-litre V10, those six wheels, all driven, could really move the thing out.
The Tyrrell P34 is almost certainly the car you think of when you think of oddball racecars, and maybe one of the first designs at front of mind when you think iconic F1 cars. Starting in the 1974 season, the cars were actually pretty successful and the layout was soon copied by other teams before F1 added a “four wheels only, please” rule.
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If the fact it has six wheels wasn’t weird enough for you, this one-off Wrangler by Kenny Hauk is also steam-powered. A six-tonne curb weight in exchange for 140 horsepower sounds like a raw deal until you realize its 1.6-litre four also makes 2,500 lbs-ft of torque.
The 1977 Panther Six was, unfortunately, basically a one-off—well, a two-off. Inspired by the Tyrrell, it mated a six-wheeled chassis to a 500-cube twin-turbo Cadillac V8 and then kitted out the car with almost every luxury available at the time, including a TV set. Both examples built still exist.
(Photo via PantherCarClub.com)
These Texas-based tuners are mostly all about speed, but they don’t mind a little off-roading here and there, too. That’s why they built the VelociRaptor 6×6, which takes a new Ford Raptor and adds an extra axle to deliver Blue Oval fans with big budgets an outrageous $300,000 US dinosaur.
MINI approved these special stretch limos, built by a Los Angeles tuning firm, as some sort of limited production run for reasons we don’t understand. With four doors, they sat six, and some came with a whirlpool tub in the very back. Weird stuff.
Since the concept bowed in 2013, the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6 has pretty much become the truck you think of when you think six-wheeled trucks. If a 536-horsepower twin-turbo V8 and extreme off-road capabilities didn’t blow you away, you could opt for the super-luxe Brabus-tuned trim, which came with a $750,000 price tag. The AMG version sold more than 100 units in two years of production.
While initially slated for production in the ’80s, limited tire tech at the time kept the Covini C6W from reaching the market until two decades later. Not just for show, its six wheels help this sports car achieve a top speed of 299 km/h (186 mph).
If you couldn’t tell, the recipe for most six-wheel trucks seems to be “take awesome off-roader, add an axle.” Not so with the Hustler Highlander 6. The Hustler was a very square four- or six-wheeled machine based on a Mini Cooper chassis (or two Minis for the six-wheeled ones) from the designer of the Aston Martin Lagonda, William Towns. The Highlander 6 (not pictured) was a special one-off luxury six-wheeled Hustler with a Jaguar V12 fitted to it.
When he was unable to get his hands on the real deal, North Carolina auto body expert Ken Freeman decided he’d build his own version of Captain Nemo’s car from 2003’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. The 24-foot vehicle took some 6,500 hours and four-and-a-half years to build, and features a fibreglass body mounted to a custom chassis built from two ’79 Cadillac limousines.
Kahn Design is big on modifying Land Rovers, and the most extreme version of the trucks they offer is called the Flying Huntsman 6×6. As the name suggests, it is a six-wheel-drive vehicle, and it sits on a custom chassis designed by Kahn. It gets a fully custom body, with an interior to match.
Only one six-wheeled vehicle ever raced the Indy 500, and you’re looking at it, the Pat Clancy Special of 1948. After a 12th-place finish, it was switched to a four-wheel layout the following year.
This Sbarro-built Citroen concept features a hybrid drivetrain and an extra removable row of seating in the bed out back, there. The 2007 prototype never got past the design study stage, and we’re not sure there would have been much demand for it if it had.
Yes, March’s engineering team was inspired by the Tyrrell six-wheeled racer when it came up with this take on the platform, which instead put the four pairs of wheels at the back instead of the front. It gets its name from the old-fashioned ‘Whyte’ nomenclature used on railroad-bound vehicles: the ‘2’ is for the leading wheels, the ‘4’ for the drive ones, and the ‘0’ for the number of trailing wheels. The March 2-4-0 unfortunately never really raced before being converted to a 2-2-0.
(Photo via f1fanatic.co.uk)
When you need a vehicle for a polar expedition, four wheels ain’t going to cut it. The handful of Toyotas converted by Arctic Trucks for use in Iceland and the South Pole might do the trick, though, especially since they run on jet fuel and can be fitted with massive low-pressure balloon tires.