Monday, December 20, 2010
Rocket II: Supercharged 1000bhp Hemi V8-engined trike rocks our world
Tim 'Frogman' Cotterill, metal sculptor, stonemason and landscape gardener by trade, has always had a thing for trikes. He first trike, which he made himself in his hometown (Knighton, Leicestershire in the UK), was fitted with a six-cylinder engine taken off a Honda CBX1000. That was more than 30 years ago, sometime during which period Cotterill migrated from the UK to the US. And for all those years, he kept thinking about what his next trike would be.
Finally, back in 2006, Cotterill found someone who’d be able to translate his dream trike into reality. This was the Blastolene Brothers – Randy Grubb and Michael Leeds – who’d already made a name for themselves in the US for creating some pretty outlandish cars. Cotterill would bankroll it and the Brothers B went on to build the Rocket II, the most gobsmackingly amazing trike we’ve ever seen.
Everything about the Rocket II is quite over the top, but we’ll start with the engine. It’s a 7.0-litre Hemi V8, with a BDS 8-71 supercharger bolted on for good measure, which boosts power output to 1,000 horsepower. Then there’s that hub-centre steering setup at the front, machined-from-billet front wheel, and a front swingarm that’s fabricated from ¼-inch steel plate and which features fully adjustable rosejoints that allow easy adjustment of wheel castor and camber.
The 1,000bhp Hemi V8 drives the Rocket II’s rear wheels via a three-speed automatic transmission. It’s an unapologetically loud and fast trike that can hit triple-digit speeds in seconds and get up to a top speed of more than 260km/h. With a rider on board, the Rocket II weighs in excess of 1,200 kilos and fuel economy is less than stellar – a stunning 1.2km/l. Then again, you wouldn’t build a 1,000-horsepower supercharged V8-engined trike for fuel economy. You’d build one as an ode to sheer excess. And as such, the Rocket II is just brilliant. We love it.
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