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.