Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Galpin Auto Sport | posted August 17, 2015 11:41
Galpin Auto Sport pops the roof off with the Rocket Mustang Speedster
An open-top version of Galpin Auto Sport (GAS) and Henrik Fisker's Rocket Mustang recently made its official debut at the 2015 Concours d' Elegance in Pebble Beach, California. Called the Rocket Speedster, it will also be a limited production car that features a carbon fiber bodywork and design cues from Mustangs of the 1960s and 1970s.
“When I was designing the speedster cover, I gave it extreme sculpture and dynamic lines that flows with the muscular body of the Rocket and created a new interior graphic to go with it. I'm very excited to unveil the Rocket Speedster at the Pebble Beach concept lawn with Beau,” said Henrik Fisker, designer of the Rocket Speedster.
Constructed with help from GFMI Metalcrafters Inc, the same company that made the original Rocket possible, the 2-seater Speedster features a carbon fiber body that retains the striking exterior design of the coupe version.
Design-wise, the Speedster Rocket draws heavily from Mustangs of yesteryears, specifically models from the 1960s up to the 1970s. Up front, the Speedster has a hexagonal carbon fiber grill that feature exposed carbon fiber air outlets. To combat air turbulence, the air outlets have an integrated mesh behind the driver and passenger, allowing air to freely pass through the redesigned rear.
The body is painted in Deep Metallic Red and has a tonneau cover that starts from front seats and envelopes the rear seats. Enabling the Speedster to have better downforce and cooling comes from rear fender-mounted airscoops that channel air onto the 15-inch Brembo Gran Turismo high performance disc brakes. A set of 21-inch five-spoke alloy wheels complete the exterior packaging of the Speedster Rocket.
Under the hood resides a tuned V8 engine that cranks out 735 PS. No other details about the powertrain were given though it is most likely the same engine found on the Rocket coupe.
“Henrik's original design sketches for the Rocket gave me chills and the convertible is no different. This Speedster Concept has added another layer of style to the car without losing an ounce of the incredible beauty of the coupe. It really has been a dream collaboration, combining Henrik's design execution with the performance and customization expertise of the Galpin Auto Sports team,” said Beau Boeckmann, President of Galpin Motors.
Much like the Rocket, the Speedster will soon be available as a limited production car from Galpin Ford or from select Ford dealerships across the US.