Fisker launches Mustang-based Rocket

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  1. #1 Veyronman, Nov 20, 2014
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    http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/motor-shows/fisker-launches-mustang-based-rocket
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    Henrik Fisker teams up with the world's largest Ford dealer to create a new supercar - which will enter limited production and cost from around £80,000

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    A highly modified version of the latest Ford Mustang, called Rocket and dubbed as the "ultimate muscle car" by its creators, has been unveiled today at the LA motor show.

    Conceived by former Aston chief designer Henrik Fisker and Beau Boeckmann, boss of LA-based Galpin Motors, the world's biggest Ford dealer.

    Rocket, which features a Fisker designed all-carbon body - less doors and roof - will go into low volume production at Galpin Auto Sports, the dealership's customising arm.

    The car will have a specially built, supercharged version of Ford's quad-cam V8, with performance "right up there" with the quickest road-going Mustangs of all time. The price is expected to be around £80,000 to £100,000, depending on spec, and the partners would like to make around 100 cars a year.

    The project came to life earlier this year when Fisker, who as design director of Aston Martin between 2001 and 2005 designed the DB9 and V8 Vantage, met Galpin boss Boeckmann at this year's Pebble Beach concours and showed him sketches for the proposed super-Mustang.

    Boeckmann, who was part of Ford's development for the latest production Mustang and rates the iconic Ford as his favourite car of all time, jumped at the chance to "do something really special".

    Both parties decided to do the car the right way - etching it first, then producing Alias models and a full-size clay replica, so as to produce a car whose quality would please £100k car buyers

    The Rocket, inspired by famous Mustang originals of the '60s and '70s, especially the famous Shelby GT500 of 1968, has its body almost entirely hand-made in carbon fibre with a long bonnet above a set of radical flared arches and special side-skirts, a race-style front splitter and a special hexagonal carbon grille.

    Its lines, highly original but unmistakably Mustang, flow back past a pair of brake scoops ahead of the rear wheels to an integrated boot spoiler with an enlarged aero diffuser beneath.

    The brakes are 15-inch Brembos, and the wheels are uniquely styled and the much modified. All the car’s independent suspension is fully adjustable to allow owners to "tune" their cars' handing and ride to taste.

    Fisker and Galpin say the car is meant to respect Moray Callum's standard production Mustang, which they believe is "an amazing job". Fisker said: "It's so good, I think the design additions and power upgrades we're making can help it play in a higher league, even against much more powerful supercars."
     
  2. looks nice
     
  3. Much modified
     
  4. galpin seriously ruins everything
     

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