From Covini press: The original idea was conceived by Ferruccio Covini in '74 and made provision for 10 inches front wheels because there where no low profile tyres at the time. The project was ditched in favour of the Soleado prototype, deemed more important, and lay dormant until the 80s when hydro-pneumatic suspension for the four front wheels where devised to optimise weight distribution under various loading conditions. High development costs and other contingencies forced the project to be delayed again.
Its use of new ABS technologies and airbags in the 90's pointed in the direction of new research into active and passive safety. This aspect encouraged backing from companies for its development..