If it has four wheels and steering wheel it’ll do. This is a famous (or infamous) phrase often used by non-petrolheads to explain that they don’t care much about the details of the car world and just use them as transport tools. But what if we found some cars that have more than four wheels.
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Starting off our list with an EV. The Eliica is an Electric Lithium-Ion Car (as the name not so subtly suggests). Sporting double the amount of wheels as a normal four wheel car, eight wheels under this car each have their own individual motor to power it. Looking like a mix between a Citroen, Tesla with the wheel layout of a lorry.
3. Hennessey VelociRaptor 6X6
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A far easier car or “truck” to look at. This pickup style Ford has six by six driving, with four wheels dedicated entirely to the open boot section and whatever cargo you’d like to place within it. This car somehow looks sleek but burly at the same time and this is the most casual looking car, in the sense that it doesn’t look ridiculous at all.
2. Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG 6X6
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The Merc Benz G63 AMG 6×6 is another six by six car. This time with a longer look, and a more military looking appeal. Again with four wheels dedicated to the rear section of the open pick up boot. The car was created for the Australian Government and it shows.
1. Avtoros Shaman
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This car has two lots of four wheels. A crazy weight of 4 tonnes, the wheels have an insane amount of torque and even regulate their own air pressure. Further more this car comes from Russia, where car manufacturers are few and far between. If you’re wondering why this made number 1 over the others despite looking a bit bulky and only having a top end of 50mph then don’t worry. See the coolest part of this car is that it can use it’s wheels to swim. That’s right, water is no obstacle for the Avtoros Shaman!
Why Bother With More Than 4 Wheels?
Some cars have more than four wheels for a variety of reasons, depending on the specific design and purpose of the vehicle. Here are a few examples:
- Increased stability and traction: Some cars, particularly high-performance sports cars, may have more than four wheels to increase stability and traction on the road. The additional wheels can help distribute the weight of the vehicle more evenly and provide better grip, which can be particularly important in high-speed racing scenarios.
- Off-road capability: Some off-road vehicles, such as all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and dune buggies, may have more than four wheels to increase their ability to navigate rough terrain. The additional wheels can provide more traction and help distribute the weight of the vehicle over a larger surface area, making it less likely to get stuck or tip over.
- Passenger capacity: Some larger vehicles, such as buses or limousines, may have more than four wheels to accommodate a larger number of passengers. The additional wheels can help distribute the weight of the vehicle more evenly and provide greater stability and comfort for passengers.
- Artistic or novelty purposes: Some cars may have additional wheels purely for aesthetic or novelty purposes, such as to create a unique or eye-catching design. These vehicles may not necessarily be intended for practical use on the road, but rather as a work of art or as part of a promotional or marketing campaign.
Overall, while four wheels are the most common design for cars, there are many reasons why a car may have more than four wheels, depending on its intended purpose and design.