For those who want to go racing on the cheap, the 24 Hours of LeMons may be the least expensive way into the world of road racing. But that doesn’t mean it’s a walk in the park. The hosts of “Roadkill” attempted the race before and couldn’t even complete a single lap. Now that “Roadkill” is the official sponsor for the series, the team is giving it another go. Of all the cars in their stable, David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan chose the Rotsun to fly the “Roadkill” banner.
Why? Because the Rotsun has never finished an episode of “Roadkill” without a mechanical failure. Based on the rusted hull of a 1971 Datsun 240Z, the Rotsun is powered by Chevrolet 4.3-liter V-6 with a turbocharger from a Ford Power Stroke turbodiesel engine. At the end of the last episode, the Rotsun had a strange knocking sound, so Freiburger and Finnegan get to start working on the car again. After installing solid motor mounts, they determine the noise is coming from a loose flywheel. Once that is fixed, they continue race prepping the Rotsun for track duty.
With the car complete, or at least ready for the race, Finnegan takes the Rotsun onto the track. While impressive on the straightaways, the transmission struggles to downshift before the corners. Early in the race, Finnegan needs to pit to remove a damaged front bumper that could fall off on the track. After reaching the 24-minute milestone at the 24 Hours of LeMons, they change drivers.
Check out the video below to see if the Rotsun makes it to the end of the endurance race.