ROOK PLANS IN­NO­VA­TIVE TAKE ON MX-5 KIT CAR

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Fancy an Mx-5-based kit car for which you can pick and choose dif­fer­ent front and rear end de­signs? That’s the prom­ise for a new Bri­tish-de­signed kit from Rook De­sign, based on the mk1 and mk2 MX-5. Called the Wraith and still in early de­vel­op­ment, it will of­fer a mod­u­lar de­sign that makes it com­par­a­tively easy to swap be­tween, say, an Ital­ian-in­spired front end, or some­thing more like an Amer­i­can mus­cle car.

Sim­i­larly, op­tions for the back of the car in­clude stan­dard road­ster, hard­top fast­back – as seen in the com­puter ren­der­ing pic­tured here, and very rem­i­nis­cent of a Fer­rari 250 GTO race car – speed­ster and bikini top. The Wraith con­cept is the brain­child of Rook’s owner, Phil Brookin, who has pre­vi­ously worked as a welder/fab­ri­ca­tor for small kit car mak­ers, and then earned a de­gree in in­dus­trial de­sign at Coven­try Univer­sity which led to him gain­ing de­sign ex­pe­ri­ence in a cou­ple of in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies.

Dur­ing the past 18 months

Phil re­turned to the kit car in­dus­try and was drawn to­wards those us­ing MX-5S as donors, in part be­cause he’d re­cently bought his first mk1, a J Lim­ited. We’ll be avidly fol­low­ing the progress of the Wraith project and hope to steal a drive as soon as it’s com­pleted.

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