The Fisker Force 1 is what some might consider an ‘All American Supercar’. Alongside the Karma-based, Corvette-powered Destino, the Force 1 is the second product from VLF Automotive. Fisker has taken partnership in the new firm as chief designer alongside Chairman Bob Lutz and CEO Gilbert Villarreal.
The two-seat, carbon-bodied supercar is the product of a partnership between Henrik Fisker (he of the eponymous Karma, the BMW Z8, Aston Martin DB9 and V8 Vantage), eccentric and utterly brilliant former General Motors chairman ‘Maximum’ Bob Lutz and Ben Keating the legendary Viper racer.
“Force 1 is another dramatic example of what we are going to do at VLF Automotive by combining proven world-class platforms and components with elegant designs to produce stunning bespoke luxury sports vehicles” said Bob Lutz, VLF Automotive Chairman.
“What inspired me most about building this partnership with Ben is that he is the most passionate Viper racer in the world and understands performance metrics in cars, both on the track and on the road, better than anyone I’ve ever met,” said Fisker. “He’s developed a unique active suspension for superior handling and ride, which is seamlessly integrated into the Force 1, enhancing performance whether on track or road.”
Indeed, Keating’s experience with Vipers essentially provides the hardware, because the Force 1 is powered by a 745bhp/638lb ft 8.4-litre V10 from the Dodge-branded supercar. Instead of the Viper’s 645 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque, the Force 1’s ten-cylinder engine is optimized to deliver 745 hp and 638 lb-ft. That, according to VLF, is enough for a 0-60 time in 3.0 seconds flat, covering the quarter-mile in less than 11 seconds and on its way to a top speed of 218 miles per hour.
The power is transmitted to the Pirelli PZero rubber through a six-speed manual, but VLF says it will fit it with an automatic at the customer’s request. The interior is luxurious, with hand stitched ultra-soft leather, Alcantara, suede with several other unique features, such as a champagne holder.
VLF plans on making 50 examples, each priced at $268,500. Production commences at the end of April 2016 in Auburn Hills and deliveries begin in third quarter 2016.The Force 1 will only be sold through Keating’s Viper Exchange, which sells more Vipers than any other dealer in the world. Besides owning a limited edition all-American, high-performance luxury sports car, Force1 V10 owners will have the unique opportunity to attend two racing events per year with Ben Keating as an integral part of the team, in the paddock and in the pits where all the action takes place.
Engine: 8.4-litre n/a V10
Six speed manual/6-spd auto option, front-engined, rear-wheel drive
Power: 745bhp @ 6100rpm , 638lb ft of torque @ 5000rpm
0-60mph in 3.0 seconds, 218mph top speed
1/4 mile: 10.97 seconds/136.88mph