Against Aston Martin’s wishes, VLF Automotive unveiled its new supercar at the Detroit auto show January 12, the Force 1 V10, based on a Dodge Viper chassis with styling by Henrik Fisker.
The two-seater features an 8.4-litre V10 engine with 745 horsepower, good for 350 km/h (218 mph) and a zero-to-100 km/h time of less than three seconds. Its body is made of carbon fibre, and its interior features hand-stitched leather and suede, and a champagne holder, says Automotive News.
It’s the first car to come out of the newly minted VLF Automotive, which evolved out of VL Automotive, which was known for fitting Fisker Karma electric luxury sedans with gas V8 engines.
(The initials ‘VLF’ stand for the company’s owners’ last names—entrepreneur Gilbert Villarreal; industry veteran Bob Lutz; and designer Henrik Fisker.)
Designer Henrik Fisker sued Aston Martin, his former employer, for $100 million after the company tried to block the debut of the car, claiming that, based on an initial top-down-view sketch, it too closely resembled their products (some of which Fisker helped design) and infringed on copyright.
The new design, which took just 10 weeks to make it from sketch to production prototype, turned out to look really nothing at all like an Aston Martin when VLF removed the covers at the Detroit show.
The car will be built in Auburn Hills, Michigan just north of Detroit starting in April, in a limited run of 50 units. Deliveries will begin the third quarter of 2016, with prices starting at $268,500 US.
(via Automotive News)