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Teaser: The MR4…Or FXR2…

Scott Ith January 7, 2013 24 Hours of Lemons, Project Cars 32 Comments

mrolla[image: naption.com]

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.

  • OA5599

    Mister Effects. Or add a syllable for Mystery Effects.

    • http://www.needthatcar.com needthatcar

      Not bad!

    • MVEilenstein

      MR Fax, with a paper tray on the back.

  • danleym

    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…

  • wisc47

    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.

  • http://www.flowerpowerkc.com Alff

    Toyota Corroda.

    • dukeisduke

      No kidding. The tinworm must be morbidly obese after munching on that MR2.

  • topdeadcentre

    Mr. Fixit!

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

  • vwminispeedster

    Make the new one right-hand steering.

    • http://www.flowerpowerkc.com Alff

      Dual steering and pedal boxes! No more pitting for a driver change.

  • http://roadworkuk.com Rust-MyEnemy

    En Francais?

    Est Merdeux.

  • FrankTheCat

    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…

    • buzzboy7

      Depending on what state you live in, I don't see why you couldn't keep it street legal.

      • http://www.needthatcar.com needthatcar

        Seems to me that, if you covered up the rear engine well enough, nobody would even have to know about it.

    • BlackIce_GTS

      Two times 3.5
      500 horsepowers
      a strange minivan.

      • FrankTheCat

        You mean an awesome minivan

        • BlackIce_GTS

          Too much syllables.
          Grammar is disrespected,
          an awkward structure.

    • OA5599

      How about a first gen, and mounting the second drivetrain mirror image?

      <img src="http://farm1.staticflickr.com/223/498788653_1c37fad885.jpg"&gt;

      • http://www.flowerpowerkc.com Alff

        Dad always told me "play to your strengths." I think this is the exact opposite.

  • Van_Sarockin

    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

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

  • http://www.hooniverse.com BЯдΖǐL-ЯЄРΘЯΤЄЯ

    Jekyll & Hyde or Jack-ill & Hide

  • dculberson

    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

    • Devin

      I'm not clicking on that with a 60 foot pole.

      • dculberson

        I highly recommend it, actually. It's hilarious and as close to not-dirty as something mentioning pooping back and forth can be.

        • http://www.needthatcar.com needthatcar

          Funniest thing I've seen in a long time!

  • B72

    How did the original MRolla work out?

    • http://www.needthatcar.com needthatcar

      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.

  • Hopman

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

  • Van_Sarockin

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

  • 0ToTuttiFrutti

    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]

  • http://hooniverse.com/ Tanshanomi

    M R Pieces of two different cars!

    M R Not!

    M R 2!


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