Detroit Auto Show: VLF Automotive unveils 2016 Force 1 V10 ‘American supercar’

Article by Andrew Christian, on January 16, 2016

VLF Automotive, represented by design chief Henrik Fisker and American race car driver Ben Keating, has unveiled the 2016 Force 1 V10 super car at the 2016 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). To be produced in limited numbers, this two-seater high-performance machine features a lightweight carbon fiber body shaped to have classic American sports car proportions -- long hood, short front overhang, pushed out wheels and long tail.

It sits on aluminum 21-inch wheels wrapped in high-performance Pirelli P Zero tires with Brembo high-performance brakes and with sculptured and well-pronounced wheel arches.

The vehicle is powered by one of the most powerful naturally aspirated road engines there is – a 745-HP 8.4 L V10 engine. As expected, Force 1 is governed Fisker's design language, just like all VLF Automotive cars.

Fisker is known for achieving a great balance between proportion, sculpture and graphics. He remarked that the Force 1 features a sculpture similar to that of the Fisker Karma-based Destino -- dramatic and powerful with flat surfaces on the high end of the body side as well as tensioned lines flowing onto a rounder lower section marked by a large functional outlet.

On the other hand, the hood of the Force 1 features large negative surfaces with six air intakes and outlets for the V10 engine. The American sports car also features a windscreen hugging the side glass, while an aggressive side line sweeps up towards the rear deck.

Moreover, Force 1 features ultra-thin lights in front and UTV laser-blade tail lamps at the rear. According to Fisker, the vehicle has day light opening (DLO) that features a new graphic ending up in a "sharp spear." Downforce is created by design elements like the carbon fiber front spoiler and carbon fiber rear diffusor.

A distinct rear wing spoiler is placed on top of the rear glass, where the car Wi-Fi and third brake light are mounted. Both the front and rear wheels – by Henrik Fisker – feature a concave section design that help make the wheel stiffer, thereby saving mass.

Up front, Force 1 dons an imposing grille, with the VLF logo placed at its center. Just above the grille are two ultra-slim lights. Inside, occupants are treated to hand stitched ultra-soft leather, Alcantara, and suede. VLF will start production of Force 1 at the end of April 2016 in Auburn Hills, Michigan, starting with just 50 examples

. Interested buyers could order the Force 1 through Ben Keating's Viper Exchange with a starting price of $268,500. Deliveries are expected to commence in the third quarter of 2016. Owners will be given the opportunity to attend two racing events annually with Keating – becoming a part of the team in the paddock and in the pits.

According to VLF Automotive Chairman Bob Lutz, Force 1 is an example of what the carmaker plans to do -- combining proven platforms and components with elegant designs to create bespoke luxury sports vehicles. Partnership talks between Fisker and Keating commenced early 2015.

Press Release

745-HP FORCE 1 V10 DEBUTS AT 2016 NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW AS THE NEW AMERICAN SUPERCAR

Legendary automotive designer Henrik Fisker and American race car driver Ben Keating today unveiled the 2016 Force 1 V10, an all-new American Super Car, during the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). The two-seat, all carbon fiber-bodied Force 1 is a high-performance, low-production sports car, manufactured in Auburn Hills, Michigan by the newly launched VLF Automotive, of which Fisker is a partner and design chief.

"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.

Fisker and Keating entered partnership discussions in early 2015 after bonding over their mutual love of cars, fondness for each other's professional work and the possibilities that could emerge if their skill sets intersected.

"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."

"To work with Henrik as one of the world's best designers to create a super exciting, wide curvy body for this amazing car is the opportunity of a lifetime," Keating said. "Plus, it's the perfect vehicle to showcase many of the incredible performance features we've been working on for years. It really is the chance to start with an amazing initial platform to develop an incredible American super car with exceptional design and performance." Force 1 V10 features an all carbon fiber, lightweight body and 21-inch wheels with high-performance Pirelli P Zero tires and Brembo high-performance brakes. The car has one of the most powerful naturally aspirated road engines in the world delivering the best performance in its price class.

Force 1 embodies Henrik Fisker's design language, which underpins all VLF Automotive cars. With Fisker's signature balance between proportion, sculpture and graphics, the exterior design of Force 1 boasts classic American sports car proportions with a long hood, short front overhang, long tail and pushed out wheels.

"In the case of Force 1, there is an extremely pushed back green house," Fisker explained. "The sculpture on Force 1 is like a family succession to Destino, dramatic and powerful, relative flat surfaces on the high end of the body side, with lines full of tension, emerging onto a rounder lower section, where Force 1 has a large functional outlet. The sculptural hood has unique, large, negative surfaces, as in the family of the Destino, with six highly needed air intakes and outlets for the 745-HP 8.4 L V10 engine. The windscreen wraps around into the side glass, followed by an elegant, yet aggressive side line sweeping up towards the rear deck. The graphics are uniquely sleek with ultra-thin lights in front and UTV laser-blade tail lamps, the thinnest tail lamps in the world, at the rear. The day light opening (DLO), or side window, has a completely new and never before seen graffic that ends up in a sharp spear."

Force 1 incorporates downforce elements such as the deep front spoiler and aggressive rear diffusor in pure visible carbon fiber. At the top of the rear glass sits a unique rear wing spoiler also housing the in car Wi-Fi and third brake light.

Both the front and rear signature Henrik Fisker wheels have a concave section design to improve strength of the wheel, requiring less mass. The 21-inch aluminum wheels with wide high-performance Pirelli tires sits in lean, sculptured, pronounced wheel arches. The front features an aggressive grille housing the VLF logo in the center and two ultra-slim lights sitting above the grille. The interior is luxurious, with hand stitched ultra-soft leather, Alcantara, suede with several other unique features, such as a champagne holder.

Production commences at the end of April 2016 in Auburn Hills and deliveries begin in third quarter 2016, with the base price starting at $268,500. Force 1 V10 will be produced in limited numbers with an initial production of only 50 units and available through Ben Keating's Viper Exchange. 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. This is an exclusive, all-access pass into the drama and excitement of sport car racing in a way found nowhere else.

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