FX32 Lemons Build: It Lives!

That’s right folks, the dual drivetrained, half MR2, half FX Lemons insanity is up and running.  There were a few bugs that needed sorting out with the transmission and fuel delivery systems, but once it ran right, it ran right! 

This post is mostly pictures – about 9,000 words worth.  Click past the break to bathe in the crazy awesomeness.

This photo shows where the FX sheet metal was welded to the MR2 at the wheel well.  It also shows the air scoops which will help to cool the rear engine.  The half-rear window cover is part of the firewall system for the rear engine. 

The radiator for the rear engine was mounted in what used to be the trunk of the MR2.  The fans suck air out of the back of the car through a hole in the hatch where the license plate used to be.  Note that there are plenty of potential water connection failure points. 

One of the guys on the team acutally daily drove the FX before this project began.  It’s still licensed and insured and pretty much street legal.  However, I don’t think it would pass emissions anymore.  It does make test driving the car relatively stress-free.

 This shot shows the shop mascot, whose name is Sparky or Leonard or Alvin or something.  He/she was a real emotional leader and kept the team going in those difficult moments.  Good job, cat. 

Dual instrument panels.  We like to keep busy during the race. 

Of note in this picture is the wiring.  It is basically two complete wiring harnesses from two cars.  Simple, right?

Just a shot of the car standing on its own feet outside.  The white donor car was a little beat up, but the sheet metal will do just fine. 

Note the two shifters.  Put the rear engine in drive and shift the front.  As Pete, the owner of the Killer Zombee said, “It’s like driving a Lemons car that’s being pushed around the track by the hand of God.” 

Finally, here’s a crappy bonus video of the car moving on its own power.  It is driving on one engine as it approaches, then the driver starts the second engine and continues on.  This was before we sorted an issue with the transmission, so if it doens’t look quite right, it’s not.  (Also, notice the sweet MR2 and the Fiat Abarth in the foreground.)

[youtube width=”720″ height=”405″]http://youtu.be/tcRREHX8ARY[/youtube]


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


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27 responses to “FX32 Lemons Build: It Lives!”

  1. Sjalabais Avatar

    Can it fly?

    1. Felis_Concolor Avatar

      Of course it can. . .
      . . .off corners.

  2. dukeisduke Avatar

    With one manual and one auto, why doesn't it go herky-jerky down the road? How hard was it to sync the throttles (or are they?), and where's the fuel tank?

    1. jeepjeff Avatar

      Fuel tank is in the stock MR2 location: the tunnel, underneath center of the car.

      1. dukeisduke Avatar

        D'oh! I should have remembered reading that earlier.

  3. seat safety switch Avatar
    seat safety switch

    It should be interesting to see what the difference between the front and rear speedos is when you're trying to take corners.
    You could probably do one helluva four-wheel donut/burnout as well, without worrying about chewing up a centre diff like you would on a WRX/STI. Classic Durocco style, and with a cage the unibody might even hold together!

  4. julkinen Avatar

    This is wacky. I like wacky. Also props to Sparky or Leonard or Alvin or something.

  5. mdharrell Avatar

    Are you sure that's enough zip ties? After all:
    3.24: Cockpit De-Scuzzification: Anything loose in the cockpit can be a deadly missile in a crash; remove or secure any loose items. Loose wiring can cause fires and interfere with the driver; remove or secure all wiring, hoses, and cables….

  6. Devin Avatar

    I like how it looks like even the cat's mind is blown by this project.

  7. LTDScott Avatar

    Friggin awesome. For some reason I haven't had a chance to properly look over your MRolla at previous races, so next time I will have to stop and say hi. I won't be attending the Sears Point race, unfortunately.

  8. BЯдΖǐL-ЯЄРΘЯΤЄЯ Avatar

    This remembers me the 2 CV Sahara [youtube NO_9h_W3I4o http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NO_9h_W3I4o youtube]

  9. duurtlang_ Avatar

    Besides it being a very awesome project, I do find it interesting how this can be street legal while a car in factory quality condition can't be street legal if it's less than 25 years old. Preaching to the choir, I know.

    1. taborj Avatar

      I don't know that it's "street legal" so much as it retains a valid license plate from the original donor car.
      However, where I live we don't have to go through emissions checks, and we renew our registration online or by mail, so you could technically drive it until a police officer decided it wasn't actually street legal and pulled you over for something, and then had the DMV inspect the car for street legalness. Legality. Legalinatousness. Whatever.

  10. Maxichamp Avatar

    1. Is this running at Thunder Hill? Because I'm going. I'll stop by and say hi.
    2. I'm looking at a Gen I Honda Insight in Utah. Is rust a problem there?
    3. Other two engined cars: Citroen 2CV Sahara and Mosler Eldorado. http://karakullake.blogspot.com/2010/10/twin-engi

    1. salguod Avatar

      A gen 1 Insight is aluminum bodied, I believe, so rust is a non-issue.

      1. Maxichamp Avatar


        1. salguod Avatar

          I have a friend with what I believe is the last year of the early Insight (that would be a 2006) and he just had to replace the battery to the tune of about $2500 and he did the work himself. I'd be wary of one with an original battery.

          1. Maxichamp Avatar

            I am aware of that and am looking for Insights with new batteries. Thanks. Actually, how long has he had the car? Would he be willing to be interviewed for a future post for Hooniverse? I am seriously thinking about getting one and would like a first hand account. My email is milhousevanh at geemail.

  11. mallthus Avatar

    Pfff…enfant idiot, ce que vous avez n'est pas nouvelle ou intelligent.
    <img src="http://www.artvalue.com/photos/auction/0/43/43118/citroen-vehicles-1963-citroen-2cv-sahara-4×4-1867382.jpg&quot; width=600>

  12. nutzforautos Avatar

    Please add flames!!

    1. taborj Avatar

      I think it's possible that flames may happen on their own.

  13. dukeisduke Avatar

    Scott, so how does it drive? I would think that one engine would be pushing against the other one. Does one being an automatic help?

    1. Mulry Avatar

      Haven't driven the FX32, but I drove the MRolla at the Sears Point race last year. The engines do not work against each other at all. The key to making it drive as smoothly as possible is getting the kickdown point set correctly on the automatic engine, and that's cable-adjustable, and that adjustment is made in the pits. We had it at one point on Saturday and then changed it for Sunday and it drove better in that race, but it was great fun all around. It's a heavy, AWD version of the MR2. Or the FX16, whichever. If you feel yourself get in any trouble, the answer is just more right foot (unless it's all-brakes, depending on the situation, of course).

      1. dukeisduke Avatar

        Awesome, thanks!

  14. Perc Avatar

    So the constant throttle pedal action from accelerating through the gears doesn't confuse the hell out of the automatic?
    I want, no I NEED to try this car.

  15. phillipthomas25 Avatar

    I fully support everything about this, and encourage all future shenanigans.

  16. Shasta Avatar

    And naturally Sam photobombs the video.