Galpin Auto Sport
and Henrik Fisker
made big promises about the Rocket
before its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show
today, calling it the "ultimate American muscle car." Now that this 725-horsepower carbon-fiber Ford Mustang
has officially been revealed, we've now got a chance to see if their vision backs up all the bluster.
The Rocket is based off the latest 2015 Mustang, but the entire exterior design has been substantially reworked by Fisker. "This is a project born out of passion, it's a dream come true, to have the opportunity to 'touch' a Mustang and apply my design ideas to it," he says in the model's announcement.
The biggest changes come up front, where Fisker has added a gaping hexagonal grille with a polished bar running and two nearly hidden driving lights at the top corners. Long nostrils run down each side of the hood, taking their inspiration from the 1968 Shelby GT500
. The Rocket's design also emphasizes its scalloped sides, which run back to functional ducts at the rear to cool the Brembo Grand Turismo brakes. When checking out the Rocket from the rear, it's easy to spot the wider fenders that are beautifully blended into the integrated spoiler. The interior has been left mostly alone beyond some eye-grabbing red leather and carbon-fiber trim.
Under the hood, Galpin spokesperson Nathan Hoyt has confirmed to Autoblog
that the Rocket employs a 5.0-litre V8 with a Whipple supercharger which can be called to attention with a six-speed manual gearbox.
It took only a few months for the vehicle to go from conception to reality. Fisker showed Galpin President Beau Boeckmann early sketches at this year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
, and the two parties went from there. "When Henrik showed me his ideas, I got chills - it's literally the most beautiful Mustang I have ever seen," says Boeckmann in the company's release.
Production is set to begin in December, with deliveries starting in early 2015. There's no set production total in mind for now, but Hoyt tells Autoblog
that the price will be "just over US$100,000." Scroll down
to read all of the details about Fisker and Galpin's Rocket.