24 Hours of LeMons: Race the two-engined MRolla


I received word from The Rusty Hub’s tipline that Hooniverse’s favorite two-car, four-engine 24 Hours of LeMons team, Stick Figure Racing, have an open seat for next month’s race at Thunderhill Raceway (details here). Normally, I wouldn’t stoop to shuck for a rental seat, but these are no ordinary cars and flogging all four Toyota 4AGE engines in a weekend resides near the top of my burgeoning automotive bucket list.

Since I won’t be able to make this race (though I’m not the person bowing out of the seat), I’d prefer to live vicariously through your experience. If you’re reticent about taming these beasts, rest assured in knowing that former MRolla arrive-and-driver Pat Mulry has created a simple primer video that is in no way confusing.

[Source: 24 Hours of LeMons Forum | Image: Murilee Martin]


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10 responses to “24 Hours of LeMons: Race the two-engined MRolla”

  1. mdharrell Avatar

    Assuming my next attempt to reach a LeMons event in California goes better than my last one, I'll be there with my own car.
    <img src="http://sphotos-b-pao.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc1/1005913_694668647213962_2128986830_n.jpg&quot; width="450">

  2. racer139 Avatar

    Very tempting if I wernt on the other side of the wrong country. How much is the lemons liscence anyways?

    1. racer139 Avatar

      Oh and i raced a crapcan sunbird for a while on a few oval tracks but would love to give lemons a go.

    2. mdharrell Avatar

      It's now called a LeMons Competition Membership (possibly for insurance reasons) and is fifty dollars, good for one year from date of purchase.

      1. racer139 Avatar

        Thanks for the answer.. I may have to check out the lowden race in the near future. Are their any teams that make the trek from the western states to louwden(whichever way its spelled) race? Or is it a totally different gang?

        1. smalleyxb122 Avatar

          I can't imagine that there is much cross-pollination between west coast teams and New Hampshire, but stranger things have happened. Out east, you have a higher probability of getting to witness some Speedycop craziness, though.
          I'm "only" 12 hours from Loudon, and I'm unlikely to ever tow the Jag out there for a race, but I won't rule it out entirely.

  3. ZomBee Racer Avatar

    Stick-figure Racing is a class act I might add… insanely awesome and down to earth people. They've been the ZomBee's sister team since back in its early days as the Killer Bee, and you just can't ask for a better group of folks to hang around for a weekend or 20.
    I've driven the MRolla (several of them have piloted the ZomBee as well) and I'm telling you, the thing is a %$@#& HOOT to drive! I found myself going waaaaaay faster than I ever had before. It was like…. Ludicrous Speed! And the car just goes wherever you ask it to.
    Amazing pieces, these crazy cars. Highly recommended.

    1. Hatchtopia Avatar

      As the author of the linked Hooniverse post, I will echo those comments above. The MRolla was a hoot to drive with one engine, with two it would be an absolute beast. Despite my love of everything hatchback, I have a little crush on the MR…

      1. pmulry Avatar

        And as the author/driver in the linked video, I second these emotions. The MRolla was a total blast to drive, although with all that's going on at the same time, I'd suggest that the dual-engined car is probably a better choice for the veteran driver (of both the series and the track) than for the noob. But man, it is a blast — basically an AWD MR2 with better balance and more power. Can't wait to drive it again someday.
        The most difficult part of driving that car is the sensory disconnect. In most manual-transmission cars, you can hear the engine going up and down the scale, and shifting (for me, at least) is done as much by hearing the engine pitch. You get to where you can shift just by the sound of the motor. But in the MRolla, the driver is shifting the transmission on the front engine, but is mostly hearing the sound from the rear engine, which is right behind the driver's head, and which is on an automatic transmission. The car is always pulling from at least one engine, so there's not even that feeling that you're getting all the HP out of the motor and you need to shift, like you get from a manual transmission, single-engine car.
        Which is why it's so important to pay attention to that front-engine shift light, and also why it's so difficult to do so.

  4. Van_Sarockin Avatar

    Who could resist twin twins? However, I suffer an congenital allergy to suspenders.