FX32 Lemons Build Update


The guys at Stick Figure/Volitile Ram Racing continue to amaze.  They have the (Mr.) FX32 right on schedule to make it to Sonoma in March.  For anyone who isn’t familiar with this project, it boils down to this:  Weld the back half of an MR2 to the front half of an FX16 to make a single race car with two seperate drivetrains driving all four wheels.  What could go wrong?

FX32new2Stripping the areas to be welded.

At this time, the two chunks of Toyota goodness have been fused into one car that actually looks like a car again.  The roll cage is nearly finished, both engines are in, and a theme is being developed. 


A million details always seem to remain, and this project is no exception to that rule.  Wiring, brakes, fuel delivery, instrument clusters, and cooling systems are still on the list. 




It is really quite impressive how well the fitment of the two bodies came together.  Except for a few minor visual cues, nobody would guess that the heart of an MR2 beats behind the driver’s seat of an ordinary-looking FX. 

Stay tuned. 


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.


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17 responses to “FX32 Lemons Build Update”

  1. mdharrell Avatar

    "The roll cage is nearly finished, both engines are in, and a theme is being developed."
    Good thinking, just in case "we brought a dual-drivetrain MR2/FX16" isn't enough of a theme by itself.

    1. vwminispeedster Avatar

      Theres a polygamy joke in here somewhere.

      1. needthatcar Avatar

        Well, we are from Utah…

  2. Rover 1 Avatar
    Rover 1

    How much harder would it be to make something like this, but road-legal? And what happened to Car & Driver's twin Prelude engined CRX? And how many other twin enginned marvels like this are there? Today I am full of questions!

    1. OA5599 Avatar

      Mosler Twinstar comes to mind, and was a sort-of production vehicle. http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/mosler-twinst
      <img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_leoGYAeiH44/TL2kxnOB4lI/AAAAAAAAL1U/jt2ZfCRsEL0/s1600/2000_Mosler_TwinstarEldorado1.jpg&quot; width=500>
      There have been a couple of Rampages, too.
      [youtube pryJxNkSheQ&list=UUPpwNL8yx32vZ5z8-S2RMXA&index=2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pryJxNkSheQ&list=UUPpwNL8yx32vZ5z8-S2RMXA&index=2 youtube]

    2. danleym Avatar

      There was a twin engined Tiburon a while back, too. I don't remember where I read about it- I had a few friends who were into Hyundais at the time, one of them probably showed me.

      1. danleym Avatar

        And here's a video:
        [youtube WlAyaCKVBTQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlAyaCKVBTQ youtube]

    3. BlackIce_GTS Avatar

      Volkswagen built ~3 Scirocco BiMotos, and someone else did the same thing themselves. This is one of my favourite car videos ever:
      [youtube b7NX7usASD8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7NX7usASD8 youtube]
      I had forgotten about this Audi TTTT until I just tried to find about this Alfa Romeo.
      Then there's the DAF TurboTwin series, these almost-two tractors, this Pikes Peak Golf, and the Twin Jet Jetta.
      And I'm tired of finding links, there's this comment I made which appears to still be the only mention of the twin engined Yugo (I couldn't find a link then either).

    4. Vairship Avatar

      And then there's the Twini Minis <img src="http://bringatrailer.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/1966_Austin_Mini_Twin_Engine_Twini_Cutaway_1.jpg&quot; width="600">
      Source: http://bringatrailer.com/2010/02/03/twin-engined-
      Plus the Citroen 2CV Sahara <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b7/Citroen_2CV_4x4_2.jpg/800px-Citroen_2CV_4x4_2.jpg&quot; width="600"> and the double-headed 2CV Cogolin <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/fc/1952CitroenCogolin.jpg/800px-1952CitroenCogolin.jpg&quot; width="600">
      Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citro%C3%ABn_2CV
      And finally there's the twin-engined DAF trucks for the Paris-Dakar: <img src="http://www.turbotwin.wz.cz/twincab3.jpg&quot; width="600"> and <img src="http://www.turbotwin.wz.cz/turb86_2.JPG&quot; width="600"> (with side-by-side engines turned 180 degrees from each other in the last pic). Source: <a href="http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?223047-DAF-TurboTwinII-Dakar-1988” target=”_blank”>http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?223047-DAF-TurboTwinII-Dakar-1988

  3. joedunlap Avatar

    It was Car & Driver, I believe, that did this many years ago with either a Sirocco or a Rabbit. Nothing but problems as I recall. But as the story lead said, "What could possibly go wrong?"

    1. Thrashy Avatar

      This team has done the same thing before, but with the bodywork of the MR2 dominating. Apparently the thing was like a bat out of hell when both engines worked, and reliable (by LeMons standards) because when one engine crapped out, you still had another one that worked, and it was already in the car!
      Part of the trick here is that one transmission is an auto, and they just use the road and torque converter to "soft-couple" the engines together with minimal fuss. No need to engineer a double shift linkage to keep the engines in sync.

      1. ZomBee Racer Avatar

        (still giggling from when I drove their last one)

  4. Rover 1 Avatar
    Rover 1

    Wow! I just spent 10 hours looking at those responses. Thanks OA5599, danleym, BlackIce_GTS and Vairship. And Joe in Lady Lake, Florida,do you still have the twin engine CRX that you mention in the 'Bring A Trailer' response? Does anyone who reads this blog live near there?

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