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Teaser: The MR4…Or FXR2…

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The guys over at Stick Figure Racing built one of the coolest Lemons cars of all time –  The MRolla, which is the back half of a Toyota MR2 and the front half of a Toyota Corolla.  It’s mid-engined, it’s front engined, it’s rear wheel drive, it’s front wheel drive, it’s an automatic trans, it’s a manual trans… In short, it’s everything I ever wanted in a car. 

So what do you do if you have the only twin-engined, AWD car at the track?  You build another one so it doesn’t get lonely. 

That’s right, they are at it again, and I’m elbows deep in the madness.  This time, it’s an MR2/FX mashup.  Unlike the MRolla, this car will end up looking much more like the Cute little FX hatchback than the MR2.  There is a clear plan on how we will accomplish this feat, but I have no idea what it is.  Unlike builds of my own, I am mostly just cheap (ok, free…wait, I’m paying them…) labor.

We are still looking for a name for the car.  Post your suggestions in the comments below.  The best I’ve come up with is MFRX2, which is clearly weak.

fx03This is the actual FX donor.

ws1Not the actual MR2, but a much nicer facsimile.

It’s refreshing to let someone else do the planning and just do what you are told sometimes. 

Day 1 of the build netted a completely stripped, donated MR2 in two pieces.  Luckily we got the George Carlin warranty: “If it breaks in half, you get to keep both halves!”


There will be much more to come on this build.  It will come soon too, as the goal is to race this FrankenFX at Sonoma Raceway in late March.  Now where are my crazy pills? 


Scott Ith is an Associate Editor with Hooniverse.com, but he also contributes to his own site NeedThatCar.com.  Head over there for more hooniganism.

Currently there are "32 comments" on this Article:

  1. OA5599 says:

    Mister Effects. Or add a syllable for Mystery Effects.

  2. danleym says:

    MR FiXation.

    I mean, this being the second one and all, there is quite the fixation on MR(2)s…

    Hmm… if it needs explanation, maybe not the best candidate…

  3. wisc47 says:

    I almost had a heart attack when I saw the first pic of the MR2 until I saw the caption saying it wasn't the donor car.

  4. Alff says:

    Toyota Corroda.

  5. topdeadcentre says:

    Mr. Fixit!

    Just do a GIS and pick an inspiration for a mascot…

  6. vwminispeedster says:

    Make the new one right-hand steering.

  7. Rust-MyEnemy says:

    En Francais?

    Est Merdeux.

  8. FrankTheCat says:

    I've always had this idea of taking a 1996-2001 Chrysler minivan, and putting a second identical drivetrain in for the rear wheels, floating around in my head. And then lemons it.

    I wonder if you could keep that street legal…

  9. Van_Sarockin says:

    What is it? Mr. E.

    Cool beans, dude. When folks hear what you've done, they'll put you on the nice side of the psych ward.

    • Van_Sarockin says:

      Which makes me think that a supercharged MR2 drivetrain dropped into a clapped out XKE might make a lot of sense, in somebodies' world.

  10. Jekyll & Hyde or Jack-ill & Hide

  11. dculberson says:

    The poop back and forth.

    Nobody? Okay, here it is, and it's even relatively SFW: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQoJo81lujk

    back and forth

  12. B72 says:

    How did the original MRolla work out?

    • needthatcar says:

      Well, it has finished every race it has entered. Largely due to the fact that, if one engine dies, you just run the other one. Also, when it's running properly, it's fast as hell.

  13. Hopman says:

    Put a beer tap on it, paint it two differnt shades of brown, and call it a "Black & Tan."

  14. Van_Sarockin says:

    That's a lot of work, just to make it easier to build your rollcage.

  15. 0ToTuttiFrutti says:

    How about splicing a turbo Impreza and an FX just so I can call it WRX'n'FX![youtube iKKONgfNONU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKKONgfNONU youtube]

  16. Tanshanomi says:

    M R Pieces of two different cars!

    M R Not!

    M R 2!


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