*See images of the VLF Rocket and the original Galpin Rocket in the photo gallery below
The VLF Rocket V8, formerly known as the Galpin Rocket, is officially in production and will be produced through VLF Automotive, according to Galpin Motors, home of the Galpin Auto Sports custom shop. The Ford Mustang-based car will make an appearance at the Jan. 8-22 Detroit Auto Show in the VLF Automotive booth.
The VLF Rocket V8, designed by Henrik Fisker, made its world debut at the 2014 LA Auto Show. Since then, the team at Galpin has been fine tuning the project and working to find a partner capable of handling the rapid international customer demand. With Henrik Fisker as a partner at VLF, the company became a natural fit, as they could achieve fast volumes of limited production.
VLF Automotive, an American luxury sports car company, was founded by former General Motors Vice Chairman Bob Lutz, entrepreneur and manufacturer Gilbert Villarreal, and Fisker. VLF Automotive boasts a development and manufacturing facility in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and a design and technology center in Los Angeles.
“With Henrik as a partner at VLF and their extensive track record of success, there was no question that they would be the best fit. We look forward to a great relationship with VLF and to seeing these beautiful cars on the road soon,” said Beau Boeckmann, President of Galpin Motors.
The Rocket is an extremely powerful and refined vehicle, according to Galpin Motors. Its lines emanate from the front, through the hood, over a set of sculptured flared fenders and converge on its integrated rear spoiler. The Rocket’s handmade, coach-built, carbon-fiber body features a front splitter that works simultaneously with the rear spoiler, enlarged rear diffuser and carbon fiber aero skirts to provide high-speed downforce. The 725-horsepower supercharged V8 sits on 21-inch wheels wrapped in Pirelli extreme performance tires.
The VLF Rocket V8 features an integral link independent rear suspension and double ball-joint front suspension with Monotube true rebound-adjustable coil-overs front and rear for superior ride control and handling, according to Galpin Motors. It has a power four-wheel anti-lock brake system with traction control.
The Rocket’s Exposed Carbon Fiber Package includes exposed carbon fiber hood stripes and mirror covers. Other options include Brembo brakes, custom paint and a full leather interior package with hand-finished Italian leather seats, center console, door panels and rear interior deck panel, as well as suede-lined A, B and C pillars.
The VLF Rocket V8 is available in coupe and convertible.
The VLF Rocket can be purchased through Galpin Motors by contacting Steve McCord at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 877-GO-GAS-GO.