The Rocket gets a new series in 2013 using Toyota MR2 engines! After watching the success of Rogue Motorsport’s Rocket XP-1 this year in testing, we can’t wait to see what the new series will have in store for next year. Not to mention new engine options for our Rocket kits.
Finally winding down from an excellent display of the Exocet and Rocket at the 2012 Carlisle Import & Kit Nationals. Big thanks go out to Bill Morgan and Racing Analytics for loaning us a beautiful tow rig and to Pete and Brett from Dove Racing for making the 1400 mile drive out from TX with the Rocket. We are already looking forward to next year’s show!
Rogue Motorsport knows Toyota MR2s. On a typical day, you can find them converting an MR2 Roadster to a wide-bodied V6 race car. What to do with all those extra MR2 parts that tend to take up room at the shop? It seems a shame to just throw them away! The Rocket XP-1 is the experimental prototype of a purpose built track and race car that Rogue is developing on the MEV Rocket chassis in collaboration with RTR. They’ll be testing and developing throughout the year and aiming for a launch at Autosport International in 2013. Check out a video of Rogue Motorsport taking their MEV Rocket XP-1 to Mallory Park for the PPC Trackday and Development testing. Sure looks fun.
Our MEV Rocket has a great feature in the March/April edition of Kit Car Builder Magazine – “Good Bones!” The reviewer had some great things to say about our exoskeletal kit car. Check out the quotes:
“0-60 in under 4 seconds… done an indicated 143 mph and still has some more.”
“The driving experience was one of the nicest experiences I’ve ever experienced in light track-day cars.”
“Eagle Canyon Raceway…is an ideal place for the Rocket, with phenomenal acceleration due to th exceptional power to weight ratio, coupled with rat-with-tennis-shoes handling and killer brakes.”
“The (Rocket) Kit starts at $7,438……a complete base model can be built for about $15,000, or one to this SVT spec for about $18,000. That’s Cobra-level track performance for less than the cost of a new Miata, and less than half the ticket on a new Atom”
Well, what are you waiting for?! We’ve got another container load of RTR cars on the way and still have a few kits available. Save on shipping and order one soon before this load sells out! Give us a call at 404-919-1396 or email here.
The good news keeps on coming in 2012 – the MEV Rocket is officially the first exoskeletal vehicle licensed for road use in the entire continent of Australia! Not even the Ariel Atom can pass Australia’s ultra tough vehicle regulations.
The year keeps getting better with more fantastic news from down under. Our Australian dealer, Terry Southam of Southam Automotive Engineering, announces that their MEV Rocket has passed Australia’s extremely tough, specialist vehicle regulations. The MEV Rocket is the first road legal exoskeletal vehicle in the entire continent.
After receiving their first Rocket in 2010, over 12 months were spent tweaking the design to comply with Australian regulations. Test jigs were constructed to ensure the Rocket could withstand the super stiff torsional rigidity figure of 4500nm/degree of deflection – something not even the Ariel Atom has attained. Also new for the Australian model is a pedestrian-friendly front nose cone developed in conjunction with the Curtin University of Product Design. Terry’s engineering expertise will undoubtedly bring additional improvements to the Rocket in the coming months and we are excited to see the fruits of his efforts. Find out more about Southam Automotive Engineering (SAE) here.
This year’s Autosport International show is more exciting than ever for the MEV brand as we go into 2012 with MEV vehicles being developed on several continents and with a variety of powerplants.
On display at RTR’s booth is truly one of the most incredible incarnations of the the MEV Rocket that has ever been produced. Mabbs’ Supercharged Rocket M600C features an awe inspiring 600bhp/ton power to weight ratio.
In addition, the fabulous MEV Sonic 7 and MEV tR1ke demo vehicles will be on display in the RTR booth, manned throughout the weekend by Paul Holmes and Leighton Norris. Be sure to come see us this weekend in Hall 19 on stand number 19030. Simply turn to the right as you enter through the Hall 19 entrance and you can’t miss us.
RTR was out in force again over the weekend with the Rocket, Sonic 7 and tR1ke at the Top Gear Live Show at Excel London. Paul from RTR reports that they had a successful show with the MEV cars surrounded by good company. Behind the stand was a KTM X-Bow, Ferrari 355 Spyder, and Lamborghini Gallardo. To the side at Clive Sutton’s stand featured a pearl-colored Bugatti Veyron with a £1,300,000 price tag alongside a brand new McLaren MP4 12-C. Great company indeed! The Excel London TGL show along with the NEC Birmingham show have been two excellent showings for the MEV cars in 2011 and we look forward to 2012.
For a collection of photos from the exhibition floor at Top Gear Live, enjoy the video below. Jump to 1:01 to see the Rocket, tR1ke and Sonic 7 at the RTR booth:
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.