VLF Force 1
|VLF Force 1|
|Assembly||Auburn Hills, Michigan|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Sports car (S)|
|Body style||2-door Coupe|
|Layout||Front mid-engine, rear-wheel drive|
745 bhp (556 kW)
638 lbf⋅ft (865 N⋅m)
6-speed automatic with paddle shifters
|Wheelbase||2,512 mm (99 in)|
|Length||4,545 mm (179 in)|
|Width||2,018 mm (79 in)|
|Height||1,243 mm (49 in)|
|Curb weight||1,540 kg (3,395 lb)|
The VLF Force 1 is an American sports car produced by VLF Automotive. Built around the 8.4L V10 of the Dodge Viper, the Force 1 was designed by automobile designer Henrik Fisker, and produces a top speed of 218 mph and 0-60 time of 3.0 seconds. VLF Automotive also partnered with American racing driver and Viper enthusiast Ben Keating during development of the Force 1, leveraging his experience with the Viper engine. The Force 1 V10 was first unveiled at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, with production of the first run of 50 vehicles planned to begin in April 2016.
VLF Automotive is a joint venture between designer Henrik Fisker, former GM Vice Chair Bob Lutz and manufacturer Gilbert Villarreal. Lutz and Villarreal began VLF automotive in 2012, and in 2013 unveiled the VLF Destino, a luxury automobile using gliders of Fisker's Karma electric car. VLF did away with the Karma's fully electric powertrain and replaced it with the 6.2L V8 GM engine used in the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. Eventually Fisker joined the team, and VL automotive became VLF automotive. VLF then began work on a new automobile built around the 8.4L V10 Viper engine, which would become the Force 1 V10.
In 2015, Fisker met racer and Viper enthusiast Ben Keating. The potential of their combined expertise was apparent, and Fisker and VLF partnered with Keating during the development of the Force 1. Keating drew on his Viper racing experience to design the Force 1's active suspension, which makes nearly 10,000 adjustments per second. This results in better traction and a significantly improved ride when compared with the base Viper.
Design and Specifications
The Force 1 V10 utilizes the powerful 8.4L V10 used in the most recent generation of Dodge Viper. The standard output for this engine is 640 bhp (477 kW) of power and 600 lbf⋅ft (813 N⋅m) of torque. VLF significantly increased the engine's output for the Force 1, which will generate 745 bhp (556 kW) of power and 638 lbf⋅ft (865 N⋅m) of torque (an increase of 14% and 5%, respectively). This results in a top speed of 218 mph (351 km/h) and a 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) time of 3.0 seconds.
The engine of the Force 1 V10 is placed according to the front mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout (FMR), with the engine's center of mass located behind the front axle. This is meant to improve the vehicle's handling by modifying the weight distribution of the vehicle.
The Force 1's exterior was designed by legendary vehicle designer Henrik Fisker, who was responsible for the design of the BMW Z8 and Aston Martin DB9, among other automobiles. The Force 1 shares many basic design features with other American sports cars, and in particular the Dodge Viper (with which it shares the basic chassis). It features an elongated hood, long tapered back, and protruding wheels, and is made entirely of carbon fiber. The Force 1 sports a sharp, angled front side, which also sports 6 functional intake and oulet vents. The back side of the car is more curved, and contains a large outlet vent. The Force 1 also features ultra-thin lights in both the front and the rear. The front and roof spoilers, as well as the rear diffuser are made of exposed, polished carbon fiber. The roof spoiler also contains the on-board wi-fi hotspot and a third brake light.
The Force 1 has two seats, and the interior is trimmed in leather, suede and Alcantara. A milled aluminum and leather gear shifter, leather and suede sunglass holder, and a hidden milled aluminum pen holder are also included. The Force 1 also features a substantial technology suite, including in-dash navigation, smart phone connectivity and charging, and a wi-fi hotspot housed in the rear spoiler. It is also fitted with a champagne holder, with a two bottle capacity, located between the two seat backs.
The Force 1 V10 is fitted with 21 in (533 mm) aluminum four-spoke wheels, with a width of 10.5 in (267 mm) in the front and 13 in (330 mm) in back. The Pirelli P Zero high performance tires are sized at 305/25/ZR21 in the front with 355/25/ZR21 in the rear. The Force 1 V10 will be outfitted with Brembo high performance brakes.
After debuting at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, it was announced that an initial run of fifty Force 1 V10s was planned in 2016. The first two units, including the vehicle displayed at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, took only 10 weeks to build, and Bob Lutz claimed the initial development only required $10 million in investment. Production will take place at VLF's Auburn Hills, Michigan manufacturing facility beginning in April 2016. Delivery is planned for Q3 of 2016. As part of the partnership with Ben Keating, all 50 units will exclusively be available through Keating's Viper Exchange dealership. Pricing for the Force 1 V10 will start at $286,500. VLF has future plans to distribute both the Force 1 V10 and the VL Destino through a small group of domestic dealerships, though have no plans to create exclusive dealerships.
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