With project accomplishments such as the McLaren MP4/4 F1 car and the road-going McLaren F1, designer Gordon Murray knew what a good road/race car needed. Hence, when he formed the Light Car Company with Chris Craft in 1991, I lie two-seater Rocket used all his ideas. Being lightweight was imperative and to achieve this the car used a multi-tube spaceframe chassis with thin but strong double A-arms at either end and coilover shock units. The engine is straight from a Yamaha FZR 1000 motorbike and sits in the rear as a stressed member, giving the chassis yet more strength. The standard sequential gearbox provides drive to twin speed axle, which makes cruising more relaxed, plus provides a reverse which isn't available on the bike gearbox. The engine used a roller bearing crank, five valves per cylinder and four Mikuni carbs, plus an 1 l,000rpm redline.
Light Car Co. Rocket Specifications
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