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.

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32 responses to “Teaser: The MR4…Or FXR2…”

  1. OA5599 Avatar

    Mister Effects. Or add a syllable for Mystery Effects.

    1. needthatcar Avatar

      Not bad!

    2. MVEilenstein Avatar

      MR Fax, with a paper tray on the back.

  2. danleym Avatar

    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…

  3. wisc47 Avatar

    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.

  4. Alff Avatar

    Toyota Corroda.

    1. dukeisduke Avatar

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

  5. topdeadcentre Avatar

    Mr. Fixit!
    Just do a GIS and pick an inspiration for a mascot…

  6. vwminispeedster Avatar

    Make the new one right-hand steering.

    1. Alff Avatar

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

  7. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

    En Francais?
    Est Merdeux.

  8. FrankTheCat Avatar

    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…

    1. buzzboy7 Avatar

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

      1. needthatcar Avatar

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

    2. BlackIce_GTS Avatar

      Two times 3.5
      500 horsepowers
      a strange minivan.

      1. FrankTheCat Avatar

        You mean an awesome minivan

        1. BlackIce_GTS Avatar

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

    3. OA5599 Avatar

      How about a first gen, and mounting the second drivetrain mirror image?
      <img src="http://farm1.staticflickr.com/223/498788653_1c37fad885.jpg"&gt;

      1. Alff Avatar

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

  9. Van_Sarockin Avatar

    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. Van_Sarockin Avatar

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

  10. BЯдΖǐL-ЯЄРΘЯΤЄЯ Avatar

    Jekyll & Hyde or Jack-ill & Hide

  11. dculberson Avatar

    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

    1. Devin Avatar

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

      1. dculberson Avatar

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

        1. needthatcar Avatar

          Funniest thing I've seen in a long time!

  12. B72 Avatar

    How did the original MRolla work out?

    1. needthatcar Avatar

      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.

  13. Hopman Avatar

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

  14. Van_Sarockin Avatar

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

  15. 0ToTuttiFrutti Avatar

    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]

  16. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
    Peter Tanshanomi

    M R Pieces of two different cars!
    M R Not!
    M R 2!