Here at QuickandBig.com we are delighted for sale, this one off Z Cars Twin Yamaha R1 Engined Classic Mini. It feels like QuickandBig.com is perhaps not the right brand name to describe this unique creation, perhaps BallisticandCompact.com would be more appropriate.
With over 340bhp and weighing less than 700kg, I would estimate 0-60mph in less than 3 seconds, it’s easily the quickest “missile” we have ever had the pleasure of bringing to the market.
And its road legal! H620DWL was 1st registered on 1/8/90, we have a full V5 correctly registered as a “1996cc” Mini Mayfair, but its definitely not a daily driver! Smooth, dry tarmac is where it feels most at home, in short it requires respect, if you “open the taps” race car driver reflexes and some mechanical know how!
Z Cars had for over 20 years been engineering the impossible, twin engined Mini’s / Westfield’s, installing Hayabusa Turbo engines into anything you can imagine, baby Fiats, Smarts, and 2 into a 1000+bhp Ultima GTR. A new company, Z Cars Evolutions Ltd are now trading in Ashford, Kent (www.Zcars.org.uk), and are most well known for their iconic bike engine / Honda VTEC engine Classic Mini’s and Fiats 500’s. A word of warning if you Google / You Tube “Z Cars” you will be there for hours!
I have wanted a twin engined Z Car, since I was first taken on some demo laps of a Sprint Circuit by Chris Allanson (the founder of and engineering genius behind the original Z Cars) in a twin Honda Blackbird engined Westfield about 20 years ago.
Thanks to the position of the bulk head, I'm a 6 foot 3 inch ex rugby player and fit in (just), it has bucket seats on adjustable runners, with decent width at the hips / shoulders and quick release steering wheel.
Our unique Z Cars Mini is insane, loud, and quicker than almost anything else on the road with 4 wheels, and probably has more performance per £ than anything else on the market today!
It's a pub banter winner, suited to those wanting a big bike experience but with a roll cage and without having to wear leathers. Our twin engine Mini will obviously be of interest to those wanting a serious track day car, especially those (like me) who now find it difficult to, or cant fit in Caterham’s and the like. Being road registered and MOT’d is also ideal for the odd Sunday road blasts and be part of the massive Classic Mini Owners Club scene, it would definitely draw a huge crowd at shows and rallies.
Or, if you are like me, you will want to own it just because in a small corner of Blighty, there was and still is a company of engineering geniuses who built cars like this, originally to go Grass Track racing, and to prove it could be done!
H620DWL was factory built by Z Cars, in 2000 / 2001 for its original owner Mathew Fox (who deserves an award for creating and financing this car) and is presented in Rover Flame Red, Mathew can be seen talking about his car, before a track workout on You Tube, its a famous car having been viewed over half a million times:
Our twin engine Mini is about to become even more famous, having just been photographed for a 6 page feature in Mini Magazine, to be published in early 2021, please see the final image above from the shoot, a memory stick of all the images from the shoot accompany the car.
The Twin Engine Z Car cant stop attracting attention, its just been the Piston Heads Brave Pill feature car.
There is not much of the 58,000 mile donor Classic Mini Mayfair left, the receipts for parts and build alone that accompany the car total over £38,000 (£60,000 plus in today’s money), plus many un-receipted parts and subsequent numerous hours of skilled labour.
Our unique Z Cars Mini has been off the road in an enthusiasts workshop, for the last few years, and has just benefited from a program of light recommissioning and servicing, before being relaunched on the unsuspecting UK roads!
I will try to give you a flavour of what makes up this amazing and unique machine.
What makes it go? The two rear mounted, Dynojetted 1998 Yamaha R1 engines mated to two straight cut, sequential 6 speed gearboxes (bike quick shifts boxes, straight cut gears), which are joined by a Z cars central drive box, driving the rear wheels via a Quaife limited slip differential (not chain driven like some single bike engine cars). Reverse is provided by an electric motor (easier to give it a push, it doesn’t weigh very much). Ignition is provided by Dynatek coils, clutches are by Barnett racing, the manic 8 cylinder sound track is provided by custom carbon steel – Tony Law Exhausts, its loud!
What makes it stop? Disc brakes all round, with Wilwood 4 piston Dynapro calipers on the front, R1 calipers on the rear.
What makes it handle? Front and rear coil over suspension with travel and rebound adjustment. Z cars tubular front sub-frame (recently fitted and designed to reduce bump steer, and the tendency to lift a front wheel under hard acceleration), inboard rose jointed shock absorber’s adjustable for ride height and damping operated by push rod and cantilever running a lower wishbone. The rose joints and threads allow for toe, camber and castor adjustment. Z Cars bespoke rear sub frame, allowing adjustment for camber, caster, toe, ride height and damping. Under the flared arches, 7x13, Compomotive ML alloy wheels, sporting Yokahama Advans (A048-R, 175/50/R13) road legal semi slick tyres, it also comes with an extra set semi slicks and a set of Dunlop wet weather tyres (not sure I’d be brave enough to drive it on the road in the wet).
Does it have a luxurious cabin? Business like is a better description, full welded / bolted in Z Cars roll cage, and steel bulkhead between engine bay and cabin. 2 x Cobra bucket seats (on runners, with enough space for me at 6 foot 3), with Luke race harnesses. Information is fed to the driver by MoTec ADL2 digital dashboard (fly lead to attach to lap top included). Quick release Sparco D shaped steering wheel, battery cut off, Cobra immobiliser, and of course controls for the MOT testers benefit for lights, windscreen washers etc.
The Z Cars drive box, is a clever bit of kit, both engines can obviously be run together with their gear changes synchronised, either engine can be turned off and left in neutral, and the car driven with one engine, very cool bit if engineering.
How much of the original Mini remains? Not much, but it does have the original working sun roof! It has lightweight carbon fibre boot lid, dash board, front wings and inner door skins, along with fibre glass doors and bonnet, with plexsi windows (removable around the engine compartment).
It is of course HPI clear and a full HPI report will be available to potential purchasers. It recently passed an MOT with no advisories, and will also receive a 90+ point independent pre-delivery inspection.
Many thanks for wading through our lengthy description, we believe it’s better to describe our cars fully. It is not in our interest to waste your time or ours with inaccurate descriptions. It needs to be seen, heard and experienced to be appreciated. Test rides and drives will only be given to the seriously interested. Whilst at first glance it looks like a cute Classic Mini, it is a serious piece of engineering, that has potential to thrill and kill you in equal measure, please only enquire if you understand the above!
Our unique twin engine Mini, really does tick all the QuickandBig.com boxes, being great value, very very quick, rarer than rare, and when it comes to thrills and performance to the £ – I dont think anything comes close.
Please visit the photographs again and our terms and conditions as they form part of the description, and use the “contact us” tab at the top of the page, to arrange a viewing / test drive by appointment. Only serious enquiries please, as I said previously it’s a serious piece of kit, that requires and demands respect. Any inspection is welcomed. Part exchange particularly if its quick, big or interesting is a pleasure.