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Light Car Co. Rocket


Light Car Co. Rocket

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

Top speed:130 mph (208 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):4.8 sec
Engine type:In-line four
Displacement:61 ci (1,002 cc)
Transmission:5-speed sequential
Max power:143 bhp (107 kW) @ 10,500 rpm
Max torque:77 lb ft (104 Nm) @ 8,500 rpm
Weight:882 lb (401 kg)
Economy:20 mpg (7.1 km/I)
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