Exomotive no longer distributes the MEV Rocket or other RTR kits as of January 2013
The MEV Rocket Will Rock Your Face Off
Order the Ford Zetec Powered MEV Rocket Today
Experience the fun of an Ariel Atom at a fraction of the cost. The Rocket was the first generation of the MEV exosketetal cars and has been delivered to customers on multiple continents. Modern, Ford Focus-based components, mid-engined and a wide range of power plants make this vehicle an excellent choice for both your local road and track. The Rocket is a consummate performer with attractive exoskeletal styling for a driving experience unlike any other.
The Rocket’s chassis is a fully triangulated steel space frame and has been designed to provide a strong, stiff structure displaying a torsional strength of more than 2500 Nm per degree. For the roll bar customers can choose from our classic double hoop style or go for the MSA-spec option made of 48.3mm seamless tubing. We also offer the Rocket without the roll bar for customers wanting to design and fabricate their own.
For power, you’ve got plenty of options. 2.0L Zetec engines can be found in high numbers at low prices. Even with 130hp on the stock engine, your power-to-weight ratio will still be better than a Porsche Boxster and a Lotus Elise. Want more power? Add a Ford Motorsports head and cams and you can go to 200hp+. At this level you can expect 0-60 times of 3.8 seconds and a top speed in excess of 140mph. Or perhaps you can find an SVT Focus donor car with 170hp and a six-speed manual transmission. Or go forced induction.
Ford Focus Donor Components
Builders of the MEV Rocket have the choice of purchasing new parts or using a complete donor car to obtain the majority of parts not included in the kit. A 2000-2007 Ford Focus is the preferred donor vehicle and can be found all over the US at low prices. Furthermore, most builders tend to make money back off their donor cars by selling the unused parts. The following components can be provided by the Ford Focus donor car:
2.0 liter DOHC Zetec engine and 5 speed manual transmission
Drive shafts and front hubs
Radiator and electric fan
Fuel pump and gauge sender
License plate lights
Brake fluid reservoir
Flexi brake hoses
OBD2 diagnostic port
Steering column, wheel, switch gear and ignition switch and lock
ECU complete with engine bay wiring looms and sensors
Current lead time is approximately 8-12 weeks. Built to order by RTR in Nottingham. Shipping, insurance, import duties and fees can range from $600-$2000 depending on your location. We will make every effort to minimize these costs.
*Exomotive no longer distributes the MEV Rocket or other RTR kits as of January 2013*
Take a hot lap on the Curborough Circuit in a MEV Rocket
Driver Mark Hales tests the MEV Rocket M350 at Silverstone’s Stowe Circuit
0-60 in under 4 seconds… done an indicated 143 mph and still has some more.
Kit Car Builder Magazine
Cobra-level track performance for less than the cost of a new Miata, and less than half the ticket on a new Atom.
Kit Car Builder Magazine
The Rocket is a dynamic tour de force. It’s turned out to be quite exceptional. Handling wise the Rocket is a delight. The steering has the car scything into the turns with utterly confidence inspiring grip.
/ Kit Car Magazine
I loved my time with the Rocket. It’s a long time since a kit car has left me with such a strong craving for another drive.
/ Complete Kit Car Magazine
The steering was quick and direction change immediate. In fact, it was probably the fastest car to change direction I’ve driven since a Lancia Stratos.