ROOK PLANS INNOVATIVE TAKE ON MX-5 KIT CAR
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.
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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.