Jay Leno checks out a sizzling rod tribute automobile
The Fifties sizzling rod growth noticed many inventive builds, together with the 1959 Troy Roadster, a one-off particular constructed by automobile supplier Wally Troy. Wisconsin-based 7fifteen Motorworks is now constructing a restricted run of tribute automobiles primarily based on the Troy Roadster, a undertaking that just lately caught Jay Leno’s eye.
After seeing the tribute automobile, dubbed the 7fifteen Motorworks Troy Indy Particular, at a automobile present, Leno invited co-owner John Kendall to deliver the automobile on “Jay Leno’s Storage.”
7fifteen Motorworks Troy Indy Particular on Jay Leno’s Storage
The open-wheel particular combines the look of the 1959 Troy Roadster with fashionable elements. That features the tires, that are a lot wider than the originals and provides this tribute automobile a extra hunkered-down stance.
Like different unique Troy Roadsters, the tribute has aluminum physique panels designed utilizing a 3D scan of the unique automobile, which assist obtain a claimed curb weight of round 2,200 kilos with gas and fluids. Unbiased pushrod suspension entrance and rear, with Wilwood disc brakes, are used instead of the unique automobile’s stable axles and drum brakes.
Staying true to the unique automobile’s use of Chevrolet V-8 energy, the tribute automobile has a Basic Motors LS3 6.2-liter V-8 producing 495 hp and 486 lb-ft of torque (a 525-hp improve can be out there). It drives the rear wheels by way of a 6-speed handbook transmission and limited-slip differential sourced from a Cadillac CTS-V.
The Troy Indy Particular was additionally designed to be pushed on public roads, though its minimal exterior lighting and open cockpit will most likely restrict that to fair-weather days.
A manufacturing run of 33 automobiles is deliberate, with a base worth of $195,000. That buys a visceral driving expertise and a novel look—and Jay Leno’s stamp of approval.