California-based Galpin Auto Sports has unveiled a low-volume production car
based on the Ford Mustang GT. The Rocket
features a lightweight carbon fiber body that was designed by Henrik Fisker
(designer of BMW Z8 and several Aston Martins) and a 725-horsepower V8 engine.
The Rocket's design is unmistakably inspired by specialty pony cars of the 1960's and early 1970's including the 1968 Shelby GT500.
Anchored by an imposing hexagonal carbon fiber grill - which is 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. The Rocket's sculptured hood features two large air intakes that are designed to channel cooler outside air through the engine compartment, supplementing the grill and front splitter in keeping the 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.
The Rocket is painted with a custom mixed silver called Eminence Grise and rides on large 21-inch ADV.1 wheels with Pirelli P-Zero extreme performance tires that are supported by a front and rear independent, fully-adjustable suspension; allowing owners the capability to set their car up to their own preference, or specially "tune" the Rocket for optimal street or track duty.
The Mustang's interior received a light makeover too, featuring leather-wrapped dashboard, carbon fiber trim and contrast stitching.
Galpin Auto Sports confirmed that the Rocket is not a one-off concept. The car that debuted on the LA Auto Show stand is the first example of a low-volume series. 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 dealers across the U.S. and around the world.