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Watch the Roadkill Rotsun Race the 24 Hours of LeMons (W/Video)

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 9/13/2015 Jason Udy

Bringing a beater to the race for beaters.

1971-Datsun-240Z-Rotsun-at-24-Hours-of-LeMons-on-Roadkill© Provided by MotorTrend 1971-Datsun-240Z-Rotsun-at-24-Hours-of-LeMons-on-Roadkill

The 24 Hours of LeMons is more than just racing on the cheap; it's an endurance race that challenges racers and their beater cars to survive a grueling full day on the track. With "Roadkill" now the sponsor of the race series, David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan decided to campaign the beloved Rotsun.

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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. 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 aboveto see if the Rotsun makes it to the end of the endurance race.

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