Z1A – Amphibious Lamborghini Countach Special recreation…….
THE Ultimate publicity and promotional vehicle!
Z1A was at one time, the world’s fastest amphibious car. It has gone from being built and then had many TV appearances and has been featured in many publications and media around the world.
It was then converted to left hand drive and was shipped to the USA, Hollywood for various filming duties.
It then returned to the UK and was converted back to right hand drive, sold and never used!
The impressive specification of this amazing car included:
*Amphibious capabilities are not visually detectable on the road
*F1 type push-rod suspension with hydraulic activators to lift wheels up for water use
*Twin prop drive
*Smoke ejector – Yes really!
and so much more…….
Featured in and on:
Central TV…….Several times
BBC TV…….Several times
Motor Boats Monthly
Motor Boats & Yachting
Channel 4 Big Breakfast with Gaby Roslin
(“I would love to go for a drive in it” she accidentally blurted out on live TV!)
Western Daily Press…….Several times
Gloucester Echo……. several times
and many, many more…….
On the road this ‘Super car’ looks just that, with no clues as to its amazing capabilities or as ‘AUTO EXPRESS’ said:
“For your eyes only – a 150mph amphibious car 007 would kill for”…..” But then drive it straight into the water…engage the props…
switch on the suspension hydraulics…the hydrofoil…switch on the smoke ejector for effect…then power off…
it just defies all belief…Truly awesome…..”
Z1A The Original Specification
Fully road legal and correctly DVLA registered MID 715 as Ryan Rover V8 Sports (Registered year 1978)
BODY: Composite, moulded from Countach 5000QV with re-styled nose and ‘Anniversary’ back panel. Panel gaps and operation of doors etc. are all superb .
CHASSIS: Multi-tube space frame.
SUSPENSION: AVO gas coil covers, all inboard. Push-rod rear and everything fully adjustable for any geometry setting re ride height and spring rate
BRAKES: Discs all round. Vented front, twin master cylinders with rose jointed balance bar
ENGINE: Lightweight alloy RV8 registered 3900cc
TRANS: HI-ratio R30 Transaxle
STEERING: Currently Manual RHD but easily changed to power assisted or LHD (pump and pipes still in situ- was RHD PAS before going to Hollywood)
WHEELS/TYRES: 3 piece alloy rims; 12”x 15” rears with Pirelli 345-35 VR 15 – 8.5” x 15” fronts with 225-50 VR 15.
INTERIOR: Leather with carbon dash – Overhead console for marine switches etc. (but be careful using the smoke ejector on the road!)
WATER: Hydraulic suspension activators for suspension compression whilst water borne. Twin prop drive via engine PTO, Twin rudders- front hydrofoil.
AND SO MUCH MORE………..
A gig was nearly undertaken driving Kylie Minogue’s sister Dannii out to a super yacht in Cannes but unfortunately we could not do it for timing reasons!
As a bonus, an adventure series on this crime busting Super Car has been partially written for kids
and the Police in Gloucestershire were right behind it!
Pictures above is how it is today…….