Finally, someone was mad enough to put a Honda CBR Fireblade engine in the Rocket. The car finished up with a 992 pound weight and is an absolute blast to drive. Watch the video and see how frightened his passenger is. Tony describes it best:
It’s just ballistic. In fact it scares me.
Read more about Tony’s build on the MEV Owner’s Group board here or on his personal build website at www.mevrocket.com.
Over the weekend, RTR took Mabbs’ Rocket, their Sonic 7 and tR1ke to NEC Birmingham for the Top Gear Live. Simply put, Top Gear Live is the most complete, all-action auto entertainment event on earth. Throughout the weekend, the stand was packed with people asking questions, taking pictures and admiring the exocars on display. Overall a fantastic show! Check out some photos of the event below.
The Exocet MX150R race cars had their endurance racing debut over the weekend on the Snetterton 300 Circuit at the 2011 Ma5da Racing 12 Hour Winter Endurance Race. Happy to report that the Exocet set the fastest lap times of the day!
The 12 hour endurance race was formed due to the unprecedented success of the Ma5da MX5 Championship during 2011 and the average entries of over 90 cars per event. The BRSCC in conjunction with MSV and Ma5da Racing have introduced a new concept in endurance racing, by producing the first ever single make multiple class 12hr endurance race: the Ma5da 12hr Winter Enduro Championship. The brand new Championship endurance race was run non-stop on the Snetterton 300 Circuit for a full 12hr race Saturday the 12th of November 2011 from 09:01 – 21:01.
During the race, one of our Exocets blew it’s engine after 130k miles on the odometer and 4 races this season. The second Exocet MX150R’s old exhaust failed late in the race and we lost significant time repairing it in the pits. To our amazement our drivers were catching the leaders at a rate of 9 seconds per lap and had the race gone on for another half hour they would have won. Top marks go to Jonathan Blake and Alec Liversley for managing to race flat out for 12 hours behind the wheel, 6 hours a piece, hour on hour off.
Final Results for the Exocet:
Exocet MX150R Position 9th (out of 16 Teams running MX5 Mk1’s and Mk3’s)
Total No of Laps: 265 Laps (3.1miles per lap)
Total Distance: 821.5 miles
Average speed: 77mph
Fastest Lap Awarded to the Exocet MX150R of ‘2min 17.2sec’
Drivers: Jonathan Blake and Alec Liversley
There is a very nice yellow and black Sonic 7 with 2.0L Zetec and quad Jenvey Throttle Bodies with M-Tec V4 engine management system. Power output is estimated at 180bhp, equating to a power to weight ratio in the region of 400bhp per ton. Great deal at only £12995 through Sovereign Car Sales.
MEV Limited are industry renowned for producing some of the wildest and fastest road cars money can buy. The Sonic 7 is one of MEVs creations and with its sharp modern styling, it takes the Caterham Super 7 concept to another level. Utilizing a fully triangulated space frame chassis, independent wish bone suspension and the latest fuel injected engines, handling and power to weight is literally mind blowing.
This particular example is a SONIC 7 GTR Limited Edition and was professionally built in 2011 and subsequently fully IVA’d. Finished in jet black and Indianapolis yellow livery, it has only covered running in miles only and boasts an ‘11’ reg. This astonishing car offers huge savings over factory built examples, while also being equipped with the ultimate Zetec 2 liter, twin over head cam unit running on quad Jenvey Throttle Bodies and M-Tec V4 engine management system. Power output is estimated at 180bhp, equating to a power to weight ratio in the region of 400bhp per tonne! Compared to 156bhp per tonne for a Lotus Elise and 187bhp per tonne for a Porsche Boxster, it is clear to see the performance potential.
Specified as follows: 17 inch multi spoke gloss black alloy wheels with super low profile tires. Front and rear aero wings. SPAX coil over adjustable suspensions. Front and rear disc brakes with billet alloy Wilwood multi piston calipers. Dual, silver roll over bar. Tinted aero-screen. Compact, matte black head lights. Big bore oval exit RS exhaust system. Carbon effect wing mirrors. Composite race seats. Four point Sabelt racing harnesses. Push button start. Vapor digital dash. Sparco three spoke steering wheel. Professionally trimmed, race inspired interior and carbon switch panel.
As for the two liter Ford power plant this looks amazing nestled in the space frame chassis and equipped with the Jenvey throttle bodies and massive air rams which protrude from the bodywork.
Save yourself thousands off the factory cost and purchase one of the fastest Sonic 7s in existence. Striking livery and the reassurance of a professional build. Amazing value at only £12,995.
Always a fan of the automotive blog Jalopnik, I ran into a great comment by Chris (Desu-San-Desu) about what makes a “real” car. I modified it a bit to be more specific to our exocars and I think it fits perfectly. Our cars are for Drivers.
[blocknote class=”red” title=”Is your car a real car?”]
It does what a car is supposed to and nothing else. My exocar is a car made for drivers, not sheep. I know this because:
My exocar has a manual transmission, like a real car should.
It has a clutch pedal, like a real car should.
It has a throttle cable, like a real car should.
It has a steering assembly made of metal, not wires, like a real car should.
It has an actual e-brake handle beside the driver, like a real car should.
It has no plastic covers under the hood; just an engine, like a real car should.
It has a dipstick for the oil, like a real car should.
It does not talk or read to me; the only noise it makes is from the engine, like a real car should.
It has no Traction Control for me to even turn off. It makes me responsible for my own driving, like a real car should.
The only social networking my exocar has is an open top so I can give the driver in the next lane The Finger, like a real car should.
The only things that ‘Sync’ in my exocar is man and machine, like a real car should.
The only way my exocar has daytime running lights is if I turn the headlights on myself, like a real car should.
Its headlights don’t turn on unless I say so, like a real car should.
Its brakes are activated by me and only me, like a real car should.
It has a tachometer that is of equal or bigger size and prominence than the speedometer, like a real car should.
It does not have Voice Activated anything. It leaves the responsibility of learning where all of the knobs, buttons, and switches are up to me, like a real car should.
It tells me what the actual oil pressure is with a dedicated gauge, like a real car should.
It does not chime to remind me to put on my seat belt. It leaves that choice up to me, like a real car should.
It does not tell me when to change gears. It leaves that choice up to me, like a real car should.
It does not tell me that I am due for my scheduled oil change. It makes me responsible for my own vehicle’s maintenance, like a real car should.
It does not tell me that my tires are one PSI too low. It leaves checking their pressure up to me, like a real car should.
It does not tell me that my fuel cap is loose. It makes me responsible for my mistakes, like a real car should.
It does not tell me when to turn left. It does not tell me it’s recalculating. It tells me when it need’s more fuel and that’s it, like a real car should.
It does not tell me to stay in my lane; it makes me be a good driver or suffer the consequences, like a real car should.
It does not do my parking for me. It has mirrors, a gear shift, a steering wheel, and pedals so I can do it myself, like a real car should.
It does not treat me like a child. It treats me like a Driver, like a real car should.
I am not my car’s puppet to control; when I am in my car, I am the one pulling the strings.
My car does not control me; I control it.
It does not tell me what to do or when to do it.
It sure as hell does not tell me my Facebook status.
While we travelled back to Atlanta from SEMA over the weekend, another national-level show was being hosted across the Atlantic at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry: MotorSport UK.
MotorSport UK was established to break down the barriers for those considering entering the sport, or for those already involved but looking for their next challenge in national motorsport in the UK. With attendance all of the major players in the UK racing and kit car scene attending the show, popular UK channel Motors TV was in attendance to record a half hour show review. Of all the race and kit cars in UK, which do they choose to profile? MEV Owner Mabbs’ amazing Rocket build of course!
Motors TV presenters Gemma Scott and Neil Cole film a segment in the MEV Rocket
“There is no channel in the UK providing as much national level motorsports as we do, so supporting Motorsport UK was absolutely obvious from the beginning. We really like concept, and are delighted to have Gemma Scott and Neil Cole hosting our coverage. We are sure that our viewers will be excited to see highlights of the inaugural Motorsport UK event, further installing Motors TV UK as the channel for British motorsport and ensuring Motorsport UK fulfils its potential.” – Frederic Viger, Head of Programming & Acquisitions
“I am delighted that Motors TV is going to broadcast highlights from our first show, which further demonstrates the huge steps we have made in only our first year. I am also honored to have secured two of the best motorsport presenters in the business in Gemma Scott and Neil Cole to host our coverage.” – Motorsport UK’s organizer Martin Capenhurst
Exomotive is back home in Atlanta after returning from an amazing SEMA show last week. The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. A trade-only event not open to the general public, it draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place, the Las Vegas Convention Center. This year drew more than 50,000 domestic and international attendees coming from all over the world for educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events, networking opportunities and more. We exhibited with Dove Racing Enterprises in booth #33236 which was located in the First Time & Featured Exhibitors hall. During each of the 31 hours the show floor was open, our booth was absolutely inundated with traffic. Two of the four days I didn’t even get a chance to step away for lunch!
Overall, the show surpassed all of my expectations and we had some incredible exposure for the MEV brand in the US. With deposits taken on Rockets and Exocets, we certainly had an excellent first show in the US market. On top of the thousand+ people we spoke to about the MEV model lineup, we made many new contacts and began multiple new business relationships within the industry during our stay. Some exciting things coming out of those relationships soon are lower price shipping options for US buyers, new LED lighting options, custom ECUs for the Exocet, new options for composite panels and discussions for electric drivetrain options for our kits.
Keep your eyes open on the web for new photos of the car and booth from the show – by my count we had well over 2000 people come by the booth just to snap some photos! We had a great corner booth location and I enjoyed watching the expressions on peoples faces as they walked around the corner and were greeted by the extreme looks of the Rocket. Their eyes widened and stopped them in their tracks – I think the Rocket had more of an impact that most of the booth girls!
I personally want to thank everyone who helped make this happen, including Stuart Mills at MEV, Paul, Leighton and Liam at RTR, Pete & Yvonne Dove, my wife for taking time off work to come help us exhibit, the SEMA Action Network for pushing legislation to ease the experience for kit car builders across America, and of course each and every one of you here on the MEV board – the photos, videos and experiences you share are a constant help for us spreading the brand on this side of the pond. We could not do what we are doing without you. Also to the the over 1000 people I personally spoke to on the show floor – your plans, ideas and enthusiasm for your personal builds are inspiring.
As we get back to business in Atlanta and the post-show high winds down, I am re-energized by the wonderful reception we have had and our slew of new orders for MEVs. Pete and I look forward to filling your orders and we are extremely excited with our prospects for 2012 and beyond. We will not soon forget this SEMA show and look forward to the next.
Happy Halloween from all of us at Team MEV! We chose rotary power tools over traditional carving knives this year to make our MEV pumpkin. The team heads out to SEMA 2011 today, so if you are in the Las Vegas area be sure to come see us in booth #33236 tomorrow through Friday. We look forward to seeing you there.
Team Exomotive went out for a track visit at Atlanta Motorsports Park today, currently under construction in Dawsonville, GA. While we were there, we helped band tires together for the tire walls and had a lap on the half-paved track. Set to be complete in early 2012, we are very excited to have this new facility so close to our headquarters.
MEV was out in force at one of the UK’s largest kit car shows this weekend at Exeter. In a word, Exeter 2011 was excellent. The MEV booth was overflowing with cars and visitors eager to explore the Rocket, Atomic, tR1ke Sonic 7, and the new white beast: the Lightweight Exocet.
Overall the show was really well attended with a good number of exhibitors and a large amount of visitors. Also, an excellent display of private kit cars outside including several that were really superbly finished and presented. Not to mention, no rain! We are seeing quite a bit of positive response on the web from show goers.
“I was very impressed with the MEV range and I met Stuart Mills for the first time. Excellent product, good man.”
“Also a good stand from MEV. Very intrested in a lightweight Exocet after a chat with the guys at the stand. Maybe a build for 2012…”
All in all a really good show. Organizer John Cook put together a very professional and well run show which sadly is his last, as he has now retired from the Kit Car Show scene. Hopefully the new organizers will continue the good work that John has put in over many years and we look forward to Detling and Exeter in 2012.
CKC's MEV Exocet on Display at Exeter 2011 featuring 16" Wolfrace GB Lugano wheels
Behold, the MEV Rocket. Modern, mid-engined and Ford Focus Zetec based. Consummate performer on both road and track. Why on earth would you want an Ariel Atom? Build your own to rule the road and track. Get more info at www.exomotive.com/rocket
On November 12th, the Exocet race cars are going to prove their endurance and reliability at Snetterton. Ma5da Racing’s 12 hour winter endurance will be run on the Snetterton 300 Circuit and include Mk1 & Mk3 MX-5s along with the brand new Exocet race cars: the MX150R. Due to the unprecedented success of the Ma5da MX5 Championship during 2011, the BRSCC in conjunction with MSV and Ma5da Racing have introduced a new concept in endurance racing by producing the first ever single make multiple class 12hr endurance race. Hear Ma5da Racing’s Jonathan Blake discuss the upcoming event: