LCC Rocket prices?

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Rocket.

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229 months

Tuesday 22nd December 2020
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carspath said:
I've never driven a Rocket , but have often wondered about the following :

1) 200 Kg less - but with such a low weight are there accompanying disadvantages ?

Yes, lack of available tyres which you can get some heat into on the road, also cross winds can be interesting but they all wanders about a bit too at higher speeds, other than that not much else!

2) The ? 11,000rpm rev limit must be a real buzz ?

Yes from 8,000 to 11,000 they just fly, if you can find one with a 6speed box even better, but they do sound better outside the car than in.

3) How reliable are Rockets ?

Like all low volume British sports cars they have their quirks, Gordons original design for the handbrake wasn't great (even geniuses get it wrong and later cars have a proper ratchet handbrake). The clutch and gearbox wasn't designed to shift that much weight so need treating with care. In nine years I broke one gearbox and blew one engine. Transaxle can be fragile as its a stressed member and can crack if rear wheels catch something at the wrong angle. Ideally better with an electric water pump upgrade too for managing engine temps. Other than that not much else to go wrong.

4) The Brooke was surprisingly comfortable - on one occasion we drove it 600 miles in one day - and although we were tired we were not battered .
The RR windscreen is much lower than the windscreen of the car currently advertised on CC , but was very effective .
( The weakest point of the KTM X-BOW RR is the in-cockpit turbulence - KTM might as well have left off the vestigial wind-deflector that they and Dallara had spent a fortune on developing )
How much turbulence is there in the Rocket's cockpit ?

Very little turbulence and very comfortable, I did many 300-400 daily road trips, the 2nd set of high ratios for cruising makes a huge difference and still unique to the Rocket I think, also plenty of space for a large soft bag in passenger seat.

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LaurasOtherHalf

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176 months

Tuesday 29th December 2020
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carspath said:
Hi again -- if you are seriously in the market for this sort of car so get a test drive in an X-BOW .
It is so solid - nothing like a Brooke , or Caterham etc .

The first time I got in one , it reminded me of a W124 Merc - in all the best ways .

And you have direct contact with the factory - in the same way you prob did with Lambo in the 1970's and Ferrari in the 1960's

The 4 cyl Audi turbo engine is very effective , but it doesnt rev to high heaven which is a drawback
Having thought about this for the past week or so and doing some research on the internet, I'm again drawn to the BAC Mono as a modern contemporary for the Rocket.

I suppose it eliminates the possibility for two up touring but it's design and apparent quality does make it an interesting option. I think I'd miss the chance of taking one of the kids out for a run but then, I'm not sure I'd be entirely confident of taking a child out in a Rocket, Brooke or Caterham anyway in case of an accident.

Fantastic looking thing the BAC, not sure why there doesn't seem to be more publicity around them?

Rocket.

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229 months

Tuesday 29th December 2020
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LaurasOtherHalf said:
Having thought about this for the past week or so and doing some research on the internet, I'm again drawn to the BAC Mono as a modern contemporary for the Rocket.

I suppose it eliminates the possibility for two up touring but it's design and apparent quality does make it an interesting option. I think I'd miss the chance of taking one of the kids out for a run but then, I'm not sure I'd be entirely confident of taking a child out in a Rocket, Brooke or Caterham anyway in case of an accident.

Fantastic looking thing the BAC, not sure why there doesn't seem to be more publicity around them?
A BAC Mono is a good shout and I think they can be found for circa. £65k for an older one, that said I've not driven one but would imagine they offer a similar experience.

When I sold my Rocket in 2016 I went in search of a cheaper alternative, an R500 Caterham or Lotus 2-11 were on my shopping list. I had my head turned by a recently rebuilt and converted high spec S1 Elise fitted with a SC/CC Honda K20 and about 370hp. When it worked it was fun but that wasnt too often and I soon tired of it so moved it on. With hindsight should have bought the 2-11.

Alipapa

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24 months

Saturday 9th January 2021
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Just finished reading the Book, it is great!

andy97

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202 months

Saturday 20th February 2021
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Very sad to hear that Chris Craft passed away today.

GetCarter

28,414 posts

259 months

Sunday 21st February 2021
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andy97 said:
Very sad to hear that Chris Craft passed away today.
That's very sad. He was a lovely chap.

Rocket.

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Sunday 21st February 2021
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Alipapa

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24 months

Thursday 4th August
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Still haven't seen one on the market for the pass 12 months

Timer

314 posts

136 months

Thursday 4th August
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I don’t think any have been advertised on the open market but I know of at least one that has sold during that period.

Best thing to do if you are seriously looking is to contact The Light Car Company. Chris Holley should be able to advise on prices and likelihood of finding one.