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Twin Engine VW Lupo

Posted October 03, 2008 1:00 AM by CarDomain

Some dude in Croatia decided to stuff two VR6 motors into a humble VW Lupo, and he's been updating a thread on VWVortex with a ton of pics to document the build. As you might imagine, two engines creates multiple problems opportunities, but it looks like he's been able to make the most of them, with plenty of ingenious fabrication work along the way. Don't believe this could even work?

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10/03/2008 5:27 AM

Yeh, I s'pose we all need a hoby .

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10/03/2008 7:15 AM

But on a positive note, the car would have the ability to turn a switch, and get almost double it's mileage.

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10/04/2008 2:14 AM

I have seen 2 - 350 chevy motors inline on a dragster. They had a big truck transmission connected to it.

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10/07/2008 9:30 AM

In the late 60's and early 70's a twin inline Chevy dragster called Frieght Train ran out of Santa Monica, California. It dominated Top gas and ran close to what the fuelers were running at the time. With that much power, no transmission was needed, just a Donovan drive and rear end. -- JHF

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10/07/2008 12:17 PM

The one I saw ran at the Bristol Dragway in Tennessee in the late 1970's was built by a couple of guys from Limestone, Tennessee, Harold Goodman and Larry Acherman.

They put every penny they had in it hopeing to get into the drag curcuit even destoryed their marriages. With thier limit resources they built a nice dragster.

They were allowed to run down the dragway alone. No one would run against them for fears their inexperience and homemade dragster might be uncontrolable and kill someone. The dragster had never been run down a track. The engines only run in the shop.

They ran good but not great with all the heavey equipment instead of the light weight expensive stuff the other racers had. They hit the hay bales and water barrels because the cute did not open. Investigation later showed they had no chute just the the chute holder. lol

It was a good looking dragster too.

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10/04/2008 10:37 AM

Redundancy sums it up I think.

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10/04/2008 2:05 PM

This is likely to be the first of a few submissions about Car & Driver's 1985 dual-engined, all-wheel drive Honda CRX project car. An obscure topic, but an interesting one (May 1985, if you're curious).

http://www.carlustblog.com/2008/02/car-lust--twin.html

They solved the basic problem of synchronizing by using automatics on each engine, operated by the "standard" center console shift--I was 15 at the time this came out and I recall how utterly cool it was...oh, and they had to lock the steering on the rear drivetrain

http://www.conceptcarz.com/default.aspx

This place looks like fun as well...

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10/05/2008 3:10 AM

Multi engines have always been around in hot rods. T V Tommy Ivo's 4 nail-head Buick dragster. John (I think) Peters Freight Train. There was one dragster in gas class that used one Chrysler Hemi coupled to a small block Chevy.

When I first went to work at the airport fire station, They had a pair of Walter airport fire trucks. 1971 Walter CB3000. Each truck had 2 Ford V8 gasoline engines. 534 cubic inches each. Mated to 2 Allison cast iron automatic transmissions. Feeding into a single speed transfer case that sent power to all four wheels. The transmissions were modified to eliminate auto shifting. They would shift into whatever gear you put the shifter into. A total of 500 HP. The strangest trucks that I had ever seen.

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10/07/2008 9:32 AM

It was John Peters and the Chry/Chevy combo was called "The Odd Couple". -- JHF

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10/07/2008 9:45 AM

Thank you. It's nice to know my Focus Factor is working. Did you ever get to see Tommy Ivo"s 4 engine Buick powered dragster?

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10/07/2008 9:58 AM

Yes, it ran at the old Irwindale Raceway where I worked in the 60'3 and 70's. It was never real fast as a dragster and was sold and made into the show car "Showboat" with a "Vista Cruiser" station wagon body put on. The added weight made it so squirly it could not be driven at first. It ate guardrail almost every run. The front suspension was modified so it would run straight by George Britting and it was on the exhibition circuit for a while, but that was about the time I got away from racing.

Another interesting multi engine car was Summers Brothers 4 engine streamliner "Golden Rod". It ran as an exhibition car at the drags often.

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10/07/2008 10:57 AM

I know of the Goldenrod, but never saw it. I do understand it is in the process of being restored. The Ivo car also wore a Riviera body for a while. As I remember it just lots of smoke.

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10/07/2008 11:25 PM

As luck would have it Enviroman posted this picture on another thread.

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