Jump to content

MyCarForum Logo
Search
Magnifying glass

SEARCH

2

Jay Leno's garage newest addition, a "Twin-Engined" MINI Cooper

By Deeq on 11 Dec 2013

The latest vehicle to make an appearance in Jay Leno's garage is a twin-engined 2002 MINI Cooper. Think of it as one man's very straight forward way of doubling his car's horsepower.
 
The MINI has its original engine and transaxle at the front as normal, but it also has a duplicate powertrain at the back, driving the rear wheels. It's a setup similar to the twin-engined Honda CRX project car built by Car and Driver in the 1980s.
 
Attached Image
Weirdly, the decision to build a twin-engined, all-wheel drive MINI Cooper seemed fiscally responsible to its builder, Jacques Andres. He told Jay that having two cheaper four-cylinder engines made more sense than having one big, expensive V-8. Each 1.6-liter supercharged four-cylinder produces about 250 horsepower.
 
Attached Image
It also gives Andres a backup: each engine can be operated individually, so the car can limp home with two-wheel drive in a pinch.
 
However, the starting procedure is a bit more complex than the average MINI: each engine runs individually (although they're fed from the same fuel pump and tank), so they have to be started one at a time.
 
Attached Image
The car isn't just for show; it spends plenty of time on the track mixing it up with other MINI racers and the occasional Porsche. What else would you do with a car like this?

minicooperjay leno, twin engine and 3 more...

Viewed: 6,564 times

Related Blog Posts
Deeq
Written by Deeq
With intense love for cars and bikes since little, and passion for photography, Siddiq tries hard to bring cars to life on the screen, proving his worth as well as his passion for the job.



  • 1
tanbk Dec 12 2013 03:46 PM

How he sync both engines such that both are going at the same speed?

YamilDelAngel May 06 2014 10:30 PM

This guy never stops surprising me, that show room should become a museum. This car is very nice. 

  • 1
 
Car Makes

Please select a car make

Facebook Likes
   Featured Blog Post
Photo
The Honda NSX is slated to come Singapore some time next year and according to paultan.org, it is...
POPULAR BLOG POSTS
Photo
While this is not the most scientific test to see which driven pair of wheels gives better tracti...
Photo
We know Toyota's reliability is top notch and most will easily outlast our 10-year COE cycle....
Photo
According to Autocar, Mercedes-Benz is already developing the second generation of the model and...
Photo
China Xinhua News has reported that the Transit Elevated Bus (TEB), born to help China deal with...
Photo
A set of tyres on a Bugatti Veyron will set you back around S$40,000. But that is nothing co...
   Lifestyle Articles