$10,000 Car Challenge // MR2 vs VW Buggy FINALE 

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It's Japan VS Germany in the battle of the rear engine cars! We had $10,000 each and ended up with an MR2 and an old VW Moong Buggy. After much fixing and modifications, these two rear engine nuggets will go through a series of challenges... and the WINNER TAKES ALL!
Will the mighty JDM MR2 take the ultimate prize, or will the modified VW Beetle take the victory with it's heavily tuned 2.1L engine? We're about to find out!
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Apr 26, 2020




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Mighty Car Mods
Mighty Car Mods 7 months ago
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Cody Ellis
Cody Ellis 4 months ago
The song at 19:20 sounds very similar to This is how we roll by Florida Georgia Line. us-first.info/player/video/Y96FmWqUiY1iiKc.html
Thomas Ellison
Thomas Ellison 6 months ago
Put mrpoo engine in the moon buggy
Ace of Spades
Ace of Spades 6 months ago
Mighty Car Mods next up you guys should do a $1000 car challenge that would be awesome hahaha
Oek Foh
Oek Foh 7 months ago
I purchased one just now
Peter Knagge
Peter Knagge 7 months ago
22:48 Later that day, _"Babe, you never believe what happened today"_
Dylan 'Sonmambulist' Harwood
I want the MR2 to live on in the MCM garage. Fix the ABS, make the engine strong and do some real work on it.
James Marks
James Marks 14 days ago
Makes me so sad to see what happened to the Moon Buggy but so glad to see that it wont be crushed but fixed and live a better life. One off things like that (thats even registerable) are so hard to come by.. so cool. That (when working) would be such a sweet mountain pass car.. I want it!
Moog always cheats off the lights..
Jake Butler
Jake Butler Month ago
Didn’t put zinc oil in it
TheBritishGamer BTG
Hey boys, what happens with the MR2 and the moonbuggy now? I mean other than the mooni going in the bin. Whats marty doin with his MR2?
Neg Ative
Neg Ative Month ago
The MR2 DOES blow your hat off! I’ve lost two good TRD hats that way with mine. Totally random times, too.
James Mancuso
James Mancuso Month ago
I didn't realize it was mid engine. And you call yourself a car guy?
Adam Sharp
Adam Sharp Month ago
Hey guys, I was wondering if you guys could give me some advice or help on what to get for my first car. I’ll have 9k by august next year and was looking for something as cool as the mr2 you guys worked on, mainly because that was my dads first car (which I never got to see) and he was the one who introduced me to you guys and your awesome videos. Any help would be much appreciated ☺️
John Jones
John Jones Month ago
And you go to Tay Tay music during the drift challenge?!!!!
Danger Pudge
Danger Pudge 2 months ago
There's a mod to put a Toyota engine into those 'rail' VW setups; would work perfectly there and make a really interesting (and reliable) car.
Names are terrible
Names are terrible 2 months ago
you should swap in a 2L wrx engine into the moon buggy. or a 2.5L single cam from a forester. BRING BACK THE MOON BUGGY
Raffra 2 months ago
Poor Moog. Didn't even get to go along for the skids. :(
Al Uddin
Al Uddin 2 months ago
I've just come across your channel!!! How have I missed it??!! Absolutely awesome!!
Robert Ramos
Robert Ramos 2 months ago
Is it just me, or does it look like Moog puts his foot down halfway through “3” in both the drag race and the 0-60-0? Cheeky strategy there man.
Ryan Hensley
Ryan Hensley 2 months ago
the beetle engine would be EXTREMELY cheap to fix, now finding older bug panels in the u.s. that will cost more than 2 built rails....
Andy Lowe
Andy Lowe 3 months ago
I was thrilled to see it finish. I was wondering the whole time about the sand in all of the gaskets. Please rebuild the moonbuggy. Do a flat 6 swap:)
Pixie Moto
Pixie Moto 3 months ago
Perfect day. It might blow the bugiii but this is the reason why we buy cars to max them out and enjoy
Josh Cameron Cameron
Not being funny or anything but you guys would be great on a tv show, US-first is great and all just think yous would do so much better on the telly
jojet1980 3 months ago
The vag needs a boxer engine
suttscraig 3 months ago
The vag was better under breaking cause of how big the tyres are
Zeltrax !
Zeltrax ! 4 months ago
Song released yet?
S VDK 4 months ago
Marty should have made the gift conditional- Isaac has to put a Camry V6 in the buggy
lindsay brown
lindsay brown 4 months ago
great effort getting that MR2 up and running what an awesome little car sounds so good haha. Oh also that engine that went into the bug needs to be attached to the rear of that caged beast!! whoop whoop!!
Azz _
Azz _ 4 months ago
k20a buggy, you know it Moog
Moody 4 months ago
Words cannot express how much I love the W20 MR2. A relative of mine has one we plan on fixing for my older sister's wedding and (somehow) is gonna be mine by the end of it. I cannot wait. I've been wanting to get my hands on this car for years and seeing it kick the arse of a VW is so satisfying
Rye Estepa
Rye Estepa 4 months ago
That laugh on Marty while drifting it pays off for the hardship he went through with this MR2. HATS OFF!
MeZmeriZe_ 4 months ago
I never understood why you blew thousands in the mr2 and half assed the buggy. If it was gonna blow the rockers covers off, you should have known and have fixed it long before the competition. It's not like the MR2 was a quick fix.. You had plenty of time and the buggy was a completely custom car.. it was worth more $$$ and effort than it got sadly.. and you never mentioned the total cost of each. Fun to watch but completely meaningless.
phfreelance 4 months ago
I love the squirrel at 5:55 LOL. Keep up the great work guys!
Cobalt6700 5 months ago
Please put a boosted EJ in the Moon Buggy - that would be properly awesome. 100% would like to see it happen too.
Broke G Garage
Broke G Garage 5 months ago
Id like to see you guys get a V35 and modify it and see what you can do with it
David Dey
David Dey 5 months ago
Early MR2 don't snap oversteer
Sale_Shark 5 months ago
I enjoyed this build of the turbo mrpoo as we too in the old country didn’t get that version unless thru a personal import / grey import etc But recently saw this US Arizona build of a similar car and because it’s so hot there too, over 100F, I thought you may like to see the engine mods, especially as I noticed you got parts from across the pond for your build I’ve added the recent fan build vid link below, I hope you might enjoy / learn 👍🏻 us-first.info/player/video/nt-DZauldW6Ma58.html
Aaron Draper
Aaron Draper 5 months ago
MCM > motortrend
Timothy Andrew Keng
Timothy Andrew Keng 5 months ago
Axis powers challenge.
Buck The Banjo Player
moog tires size on braking
Buck The Banjo Player
they seldom deal with rear end or final drive gearing, which is 100% of racing
Serena Hansen
Serena Hansen 5 months ago
It is far from 100% of racing, but it does play a bigger part in drag racing than other formats. You need to remember the cars they do are all road biased cars too, and fitting final drive suitable for racing is rarely well suited to street driving.
berettagt88 5 months ago
That MR2 is sweet looks awesome sounds awesome and I like the back plate MR2SXY so cool. Moonbuggy is wild looking to bad it broke down it has great acceleration well done guys :)
darthnight 5 months ago
who else is here so they can listen to the original version of 'afraid to loose' before Moog changed it?
Eazy E
Eazy E 5 months ago
*snap oversteers like a boss*
Grunkle Stan
Grunkle Stan 5 months ago
How do you convert kilowatts into Horsepower
Papa Bless
Papa Bless 5 months ago
They can't beat you in a race if their vehicle breaks.
Mark Wilson
Mark Wilson 5 months ago
5:55 Lost it bahaha
DeepPastry 5 months ago
Would love to see the Moon Buggy after Isaac gets her all fixed up.
Dane Smits
Dane Smits 6 months ago
thanks for waking up my family with the dragon flies haha. i laughed so hard and spat my bourbon everywhere.
evelyn ashman
evelyn ashman 6 months ago
Vag sub turbo plz
7supersnake7 6 months ago
It flew the hair off😂😂
TLO 6 months ago
that MR2 turbo sounds like a sexy lil pigeon
Eddie 28
Eddie 28 6 months ago
Mr2 all the way. Sorry... (mr2 owner)
TWIZA 6 months ago
I like this version of afraid to lose😪❤
richard H
richard H 6 months ago
there's so much liquid coming from that vage. hahahahahahahah
cnobel4l 6 months ago
Seeing Marty have that much fun after all that effort was great! Kudos to Moog for the soundtrack too
Darryl Haycock
Darryl Haycock 6 months ago
Bet my 95 Buick Regal could smoke em 🤪🤪
River Ireland
River Ireland 6 months ago
There’s a lot of liquid coming out of that vag. That really got me
Crux Interfacing Solutions
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curtis wilcock
curtis wilcock 6 months ago
Wow 🤩 these both are fast very fast but the mr2 liked the skids and noo the moon buggy got a knock is a rebuild in the works 😃 yeeee is as car wow that so nice
SBinnala Racing division
JDM car with grip?
Billy Bob
Billy Bob 6 months ago
Sound battle: The MR2 wins because the VW sounds like a junkyard reject from the 1960s, just calling it as I hear it. Acceleration/stopping test is completely flawed everyone knows that you should havre done a "LeMans Start" where you stand 5 feet away from the vehicle, and on the Go command, you run to the vehicle, put on your seatbelt, helmet (where needed) start the engine then go and stop. You also completely failed to do 3 laps around the racetrack in the rain, which would prove the actual usability and practicality of each car.
Internet Explorer
Internet Explorer 6 months ago
That Buggy sounds like an oversized lawnmower
AlphaWolfBlood 6 months ago
who the hell got 10k to spend on a car?
Kruisin Wagen
Kruisin Wagen 6 months ago
VAG dominates!..... almost
FGIALC Gorge 6 months ago
Time to slam in or gently install a Subaru 2.0 or 2.5.
Russell Shemouil
Russell Shemouil 6 months ago
Did you at least organise a way for Isaac to get the moon buggy home? Kind of looks like you left him alone on the lot with a broken car to deal with ahaha.
HeavyTanker1945 6 months ago
Sorry, but the VW wins. It beat that MR2 with just carbs. MR2 had a Turbo, If that thing was NA. That VW would have stomped it all the way.
Fredrik Sivertsen
Fredrik Sivertsen 6 months ago
Pleeeease stop killing the engine right after a run! Absolute death to turbo cars 😟
Bobby Chudoba
Bobby Chudoba 6 months ago
I would hate to see what the coefficient of drag is on the VW Moon Buggy.
Rohith Sajja
Rohith Sajja 6 months ago
Hi mcm, big fan. Would love to see some side pipes on the moon buggy.
Liten Fara
Liten Fara 6 months ago
If You plan to have children, You should think over the habit of eating tofu.
Milkman69ner 6 months ago
The mr2 dominates the sound test. The vag sounds shit
Cian Ryan
Cian Ryan 6 months ago
Stick am EJ20 in the moon buggy, only thing for it.
Brody Casas
Brody Casas 6 months ago
Need to release the song featured near the end 😭
Joanna 6 months ago
Link to the song at 19:02 us-first.info/player/video/ir6li2x4qJuGk2A.html
Jesse W
Jesse W 6 months ago
So, that's why all VAG cars comes with a mechanic.
zijuiy wttuy
zijuiy wttuy 6 months ago
Mr2 sounds so sick
Black Snowman
Black Snowman 6 months ago
The moon buggy needs a Wankle swap.
zijuiy wttuy
zijuiy wttuy 6 months ago
Link to the song at 19:02 us-first.info/player/video/ir6li2x4qJuGk2A.html
Joanna 6 months ago
"Let's take it straight to the tip" LOL, won't be a very long ride...
Joanna 6 months ago
maybe try an NA ej20 with those webers, itd be mental lads
Dillon Ford
Dillon Ford 6 months ago
" I'm giving you another point because the vag has liquids coming out of it" I'm like doesn't that happen in real life with the real thing tho?😂😂😂🤔
Joanna 6 months ago
Mr2 import turbo .... in the uk this car put so so so so many cosworths to bed .... and you have so much space to think you understand understeer 🤪 95 on better rear
Rick Stevens
Rick Stevens 6 months ago
Crank case pressure, need a vent? Should add battery power...
bofooit gojo
bofooit gojo 6 months ago
come on don’t compare a car with millions spent on design and development against a road/sand buggy .....
similaritiesendhere 6 months ago
MR-2's are 2sexy. Pop head light delete looks so good.
bofooit gojo
bofooit gojo 6 months ago
Mr2 import turbo .... in the uk this car put so so so so many cosworths to bed .... and you have so much space to think you understand understeer 🤪 95 on better rear
B S 6 months ago
the camber on that buggy makes it look like shit
Antony Gunstone
Antony Gunstone 6 months ago
Can we see you put a bike engine in that vw. Like a r1 engine
AJ 6 months ago
Song is Afraid to Lose - Katia Fuscaldo (spotify) Thank me later
superbarnie 6 months ago
Just K-swap the VW already
GGG MOTOVLOG 6 months ago
Swap it with daisy engine? Wait daisy engine was swapped? Or not i forgot
Charles Mouse
Charles Mouse 6 months ago
Great episode, thanks. This has really made me miss my MR2's: -AW11 Supercharger with a boat-load of rare mods; sadly swindled out of me. -SW20 NA; given to my brother who sold it to a friend who instantly blew it up! ...My Busso GTV is a lovely car with the best V6 ever made. Yet even though it's a fast Alfa it's no where near as much fun.
soinu foig
soinu foig 6 months ago
Such Aussies
Shelvin Chand
Shelvin Chand 6 months ago
Moog: There is so much liquid coming out of that vag Marty: due to the unreliability of your old vag 😂😂😂
soinu foig
soinu foig 6 months ago
That VW sounded terrible, in my opinion
Diogo MTB
Diogo MTB 6 months ago
Mr2 song please where can I buy it or download from please
Petrol Monkey
Petrol Monkey 6 months ago
maybe try an NA ej20 with those webers, itd be mental lads
DrDreMate 6 months ago
Link to the song at 19:02 us-first.info/player/video/ir6li2x4qJuGk2A.html
zijuiy wttuy
zijuiy wttuy 6 months ago
It blew my hair off too 😂
E92 Brian
E92 Brian 6 months ago
Mr2 sounds so sick
zijuiy wttuy
zijuiy wttuy 6 months ago
6:16 Never thought anyone actually used auto gun XD Sounds good tho
Jai Gilmore
Jai Gilmore 6 months ago
"i thought this car was a rear engine car, turns out its mid engined" the car is literally called MR (mid engined, rwd) come on Marty :D
Funky Town
Funky Town Month ago
youre wrong actually
AAALeadBattery 6 months ago
its midship run-about
Bram Henry
Bram Henry 6 months ago
I've just discovered you guys and this is literally better than the new top gear man, you guys need a international TV show
Cassie 6 months ago
Yo can see the vag dominate Mr 💩 .... Lol. 😆 great reference,,,
dean clarke
dean clarke 6 months ago
Mr2 import turbo .... in the uk this car put so so so so many cosworths to bed .... and you have so much space to think you understand understeer 🤪 95 on better rear suspension... still flip out on edge but unfair competition..... I could build a car that would destroy your mr2 or I have.... a car it cost £800 English it’s 16 years old and standard...... come on don’t compare a car with millions spent on design and development against a road/sand buggy .....
soinu foig
soinu foig 6 months ago
I was expecting them to say "in this episode of mcm marty snap steers into an armco"
Brandon Stevens
Brandon Stevens 6 months ago
I've never seen a video have 2160p quality, until now!
soinu foig
soinu foig 6 months ago
Yo can see the vag dominate Mr 💩 .... Lol. 😆 great reference,,,
Chaos Fruitbat
Chaos Fruitbat 6 months ago
let the moonbuggy live again. put a scooby motor in it :)
Cassie 6 months ago
I'm glad they stopped calling it "rear" engine heh. Id love to see a proper rear engine battle. But with 2 rules, no bugs, and no porches
Sean Curry
Sean Curry 6 months ago
Great series. Sorry to see the Moon Buggy go out like that, but apparently there is such a thing as too much power. I'll bet Mr Poo would've launched better if it had the same width rear tires - I'm surprised the buggy didn't grenade the transmission first considering how much rubber it was running.
Brett Young
Brett Young 6 months ago
Does anyone else wanna see the moon buggy off its Tits on boost chasing Leroy for 7's?
Watching You-Daily
Watching You-Daily 6 months ago
MrPoo sounded like a sewing machine
Dwight Knight
Dwight Knight 6 months ago
Martin is a very modest guy. That's a hard car to fix back stock. Hats off bro.
big Hurtt
big Hurtt 6 months ago
I agree and add that moog is quite humble as well. He made up a rule as he went "if your car fails to function at the end, you lose" to paraphrase. Nice to see normal people on the web whilst quarantined. ..peace
callum vincer
callum vincer 6 months ago
haight75 6 months ago
Put a subie boxer in it.
Pleuvoir Racing
Pleuvoir Racing 6 months ago
That VW sounded terrible, in my opinion
mikin lirou
mikin lirou 6 months ago
Top series fellas, heaps of entertainment and learning. Secretly glad the MR2 won, just because I've got a soft spot for the 3SGTE :D