1992 Rocket Tandem-Seater  Chassis no. 03

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Lot 230
1992 Rocket Tandem-Seater
Registration no. J367 VFL Chassis no. 03

£ 30,000 - 35,000
US$ 39,000 - 46,000
1992 Rocket Tandem-Seater
Registration no. J367 VFL
Chassis no. 03
When a top-flight racing car designer with several Formula 1 World Championship-winning designs to his credit turns his hand to a road car, one would expect something special. But when McLaren’s Gordon Murray came up with the Rocket, the result was nothing less than sensational. Its retro-styled lines reminiscent of an early 1960s Formula Junior, the mid-engined Rocket employed a then-unique tandem seating arrangement while pioneering the use of a modern high-performance motorcycle engine to achieve an exceptional power-to-weight ratio and performance to match. Indeed, with 140bhp on tap and an all-up weight of around 400kg (880lbs), the Rocket was the fastest road-going car in the world up to 100mph at the time of its launch in 1992. Acceleration times recorded by Autocar magazine still seem incredible: 0-60mph in just 5sec and 0-100 in 12.3, while the top speed clocked was 131mph! Providing the urge was a Yamaha FZR1000 water-cooled 20-valve motorcycle engine complete with five-speed sequential gearbox coupled to a special final drive incorporating a limited-slip differential and reverse gear. The chassis was a conventional multi-tubular spaceframe utilising the engine as a stressed member supporting the rear suspension - just like in Formula 1 - while the state-of-the-art Brembo brakes provided unmatched stopping power. Expensive composite materials were utilised to keep the weight down, pushing the price of the Rocket to a hefty £38,000 at launch, a figure that would eventually rise to £55,000. With so little weight to cope with, the Rocket redefined the limits of sports car handling, roadholding and controllability, putting even the Caterham Seven in the shade.
Murray’s Rocket was put into production by former racing driver Chris Craft’s Light Car Company and about 45 were built. This example is chassis number ‘03’ and the first car sold. Finished in silver with black/red interior, it is presented in good working order mechanically and in excellent cosmetic condition. The vehicle is offered with Swansea V5 registration document.
1992 Rocket Tandem-Seater  Chassis no. 03
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