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Jay Leno Drives the V8-Powered Rocket II Trike

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Over the years we have seen many crazy things at Jay Leno’s Garage, but nothing like this. Rocket II Trike is so insane on so many different levels, it beggars belief that it was even built in the first place. It is the brainchild of Frogman Tim Cotterill – the same due who made Jay’s Tank Car – and it has a 1,000 horsepower blown HEMI V8. Tim has apparently saved the actual rocket engines for Rocket III.

Riding the Rocket II Trike in his leather jacket and with those goggles, Jay looks like a Mad Max character:

Rocket II Trike Specs:

  • Weight: 2500lbs
  • Motor: John Arruzza – Arruzza High Performance, North Carolina
  • 16 plug, 426 Hemi 1 of only 50 cast blocks, 1000hp 871 blower
  • 0-100mph 4.5 seconds
  • Top Speed: “Who knows?”
  • Headers: Bassett Racing, Anaheim, CA (Speedboat headers)
  • Transmission: 3 speed Torqueflite
  • Body: Randy Grubb, Oregon
  • Electrical: Dave Nelson MSD ignition
  • Wheelbase: 12ft
  • Wheels: Front wheel is homage to Bonneville Salt Flats
  • Front rim made out of a block of aluminum 18×26 – 50lb rim inspired by the Viper
  • Tomahawk 2 front tires – 24in Metzler
  • Back axle: Kugel Komponents – La Habra, CA
  • 20 inch rims on back
  • Mickey Thompson tires 18×31
  • 9” inboard brake pistons
  • Custom speedometer: Classic Instruments
  • Back lights: ’59 Cadillac

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