The name Henrik Fisker conjures different things for different people, but for the casual automotive enthusiast, it’s likely correlated with the Karma, the svelte, luxury plug-in hybrid sedan that bore his last name — for better or for worse — and was considered to be a viable threat against Tesla before the company was met with bankruptcy in a spectacular fashion.
It’s easy to forget that Henrik Fisker has has a long and prosperous career in automotive pursuits prior to that particular flame-out, and it’s apparent that he’s not done yet. Having abandoned his hybrid ambitions and leaving the Fisker brand to live on under Chinese ownership (and as a V8-powered super sedan after some conversion work by former GM boss Bob Lutz), the Dane has teamed up with Galpin Auto Sports to put their spin on what they believe to be the ultimate American muscle car.
“As you can see, it’s a Mustang,” said Henrik Fisker of his latest creation, the Rocket, once the curtain came off at the Los Angeles Auto Show. He’s right — although it’s been heavily modified with the help of Galpin Auto Sports, it’s still an immensely powerful, super lightweight Mustang, with all sorts of added bits to make it seriously fast. Like, Hellcat fast.
With the exception of the doors and the roof, the Rocket’s body has seen its traditional metal bodywork swapped out with carbon fiber, helping the car drop numerous pounds (even the grille is carbon fiber). The several holes throughout the car — the hood vents, intake ducts, side vents — are all functional, and all designed to pull heat away from the engine while encouraging greater downforce.