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News

March/April 2011

Rocket nears completion

At long last the prototype Rocket is near to completion and therefore close to road registration. Only the ECU mapping and some other minor work needs to be carried out. The development process has taken us longer than we expected because we wanted to be absolutely sure that we had a first rate product for the Australian market.

The nose of the Rocket has been specifically designed and manufactured to comply with Department of Transport requirements to make the front of the vehicle pedestrian friendly.

The major development items were increasing torsional stiffness of the chassis without altering the external appearance, ensuring that the Focus gear selection cables could be utilised as standard and still retaining the original gear selection pattern at the driver's seat and making sure that suitable parts were available for the fitment of the ford Duratec engine and drive train.

The Rocket, with a standard Ford Focus two litre Duratec engine will have a power to weight ratio similar to or better than a Porche 911 turbo, so we won't be too worried about its performance.

First batch of kits from UK to arrive in May

The first batch of Rocket kits bound for Australia are currently under production in the UK. They will be shipped around the middle of April together with the first tR1ke kit and the first Atomic kit to Australia.

It is intended at this stage to build and road register the tR1ke ASAP after arrival. The Atomic will be built for competition events unless someone wants a road registered version which will require some development work.

Curtin students undertake design study for Southam Automotive Engineering

A third year Curtin University Product Design student designed our Rocket nose. This was done using Solidworks and Rhino computer design software. The buck for the nose mould was cut on a five axis routing machine directly utilising the students Rhino design file by our friends at Swarbrick Marine.

Currently we have three third year students from Curtin Design School and one Honours student working on design projects associated with our cars. We will keep you informed of the projects and their progress.

Track Days a success

We have held two track days at the RAC Airport Track over the last few months, both of which were a great success. Attending vehicles included several Westfield's and other clubman type cars, the one and only Sylvia Riot in the in the state, two Ferrari's and several Hot Rods.

The days are loads of fun where you can stretch your road car without the risk of the boys in blue picking you up.

Give us a call to discuss our next days at the track as all are welcome no matter what vehicle although trucks may be a little difficult to cope with.