‘Rocket’ Debuts At Los Angeles Auto Show

Stand back, folks – this is gonna be loud. And fast. This week, the highly anticipated low-volume production, carbon fiber-bodied, super-Mustang dubbed “Rocket” got its close-up at the Los Angeles auto show courtesy of legendary auto designer Henrik Fisker and Galpin Auto Sports President, Beau Boeckmann. Inspired by specialty pony cars of the 1960’s and early 1970’s, including the 1968 Shelby GT500, the Rocket’s sculptured hood features two large air intakes designed to channel cooler outside air through the engine compartment, supplementing the grill and front splitter in keeping the stupidly powerful 725-hp V8 engine at peak operating temperature. Two additional scoops, mounted on the rear fenders ahead of the wheels help channel air to cool oversized 15-inch Brembo Grand Turismo high performance brakes.

This Mustang-on-steroids is anchored by an imposing hexagonal carbon fiber grill split by a polished aluminum bar and wild horse running across the horizon reminiscent of the ’60’s Mustangs. The Rocket’s lines emanate from the front, through the long hood, over a set of sculptured flared fenders and converge on its integrated rear spoiler, belying the car’s extreme power and refined athleticism. Pricing will be a little more than $100,000.

725 horsepower “Rocket” debuts at Los Angeles Auto Show

Beau Boeckmann’s kvelling like a proud papa, and with good reason. “Mustang has been my favorite car for almost my entire life,” he says. “…it’s literally the most beautiful Mustang I have ever seen.” The handmade carbon-fiber bodywork—constructed by renowned concept car builder, GFMI Metalcrafters Inc., of Fountain Valley, California, features a number of scoops and vents that direct airflow where it’s needed most. A front splitter helps draw out hot air from underneath the car and improve engine cooling, while simultaneously working in conjunction with the rear spoiler, enlarged rear diffuser and polished carbon fiber aero skirts to provide needed high-speed downforce. The car’s painted with a custom mixed silver called Éminence Grise and rides on large 21-inch ADV.1 wheels with Pirelli P-Zero extreme performance tires supported by a front and rear independent, fully-adjustable suspension. That means owners can set their car up to their own preference, or specially “tune” the Rocket for optimal street or track duty. Production of the Rocket begins in December with the first deliveries beginning in early 2015. Interested buyers will have the option of purchasing a car through Galpin Ford directly or through one of several hand-picked dealers across the country and around the world.

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Josh Max grew up on a rural Westchester road next to a garage, and designed his first car, the "Washington" - an answer to "Lincoln" - when he was four. He read and memorized the Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Car Care And Repair at 16 and was soon gapping plugs, changing clutch cables, rotating tires and anything else that didn't require a lift. He has test-driven over 776 cars and trucks and published over 2,000 articles in major media. http://www.JoshMax.com