Aston Martin celebrates its 100th anniversary with a radical one-off concept car
Z Cars Mini
The original Mini was famed for its clever packaging - the Zcars iteration is no different. It's actually a spaceframe chassis with a four-cylinder superbike engine installed behind the driver powering the rear wheels. With a wheelbase that short and all that oomph, oversteer will likely be the dish of the day.
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I put a Honda 750 engine into my Fiat Tipo.
But that was just to take it home and fit it into my Honda 750.
Does this count ?.
Some time ago I heard of someone who fitted a Honda 750cc motorcycle engine into a mini. The idea was to compete in 750cc class car hill climbing. Well the story goes that he fitted the engine and then fitted a supercharger. When the time came to start the car all seemed ok. That is until the vehicle was put into gear. It appears that motorcycle engines run in the opposite direction to normal car engines. The hill climb car had five reverse gears and one forward gear.
There is an obvious point missed here.
The sheer compact efficiency of a bike engine can also return phenomenal MPG with ample real-world performance and reliability.
Car engine designers could learn a great deal from the bike boys (and visa-vera), but closed minds are doomed to repeat their mistakes.
you missed one of the best, the rocket, made by the light car company.
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