Controversial VLF Force 1 V10 supercar revealed in Detroit
VLF Force 1 V10 supercar unveiled in Detroit (Photo: Newspress)
Nick Maronese, Autofocus.ca
Published Thursday, January 14, 2016 11:33AM EST
Against Aston Martin’s wishes, VLF Automotive unveiled its new Force 1 V10 supercar at the Detroit auto show January 12, a car based on a Dodge Viper chassis with styling by Henrik Fisker.
The aggressively styled 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.
It’s also the first car to come out of the newly minted VLF Automotive company, which evolved out of VL Automotive, and best 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 produce from sketch to production prototype, turned out to look very little like an Aston Martin when VLF removed the covers at the 2016 Detroit auto 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.