Teaser: The MR4…Or FXR2…

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.


  1. 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…

  2. 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.

  3. 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…

  4. 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.

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

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

    1. 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.

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