NAIAS 2016: VLF Automotive launches Viper-based Force 1 supercar

NAIAS 2016: VLF Automotive launches Viper-based Force 1 supercar image

Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Newspress | posted January 14, 2016 13:07

VLF Force 1 is Henrik Fisker's latest 'creation'

A four-year old luxury sports car company composed of automotive industry veterans has just unveiled their second product, a US$ 300,000 ‘American supercar’ at the 2016 North American International Auto Show.

VLF Automotive is made up primarily of automotive designer Henrik Fisker, former General Motors Vice-Chairman Bob Lutz and entrepreneur and manufacturer Gilbert Villarreal. The company name comes from the first letters of their last name.

Called Force 1, it is the second model after Destino that was produced by VLF Automotive and is already a full production model that will be already for sale this month.

VLF Force 1 rear

The young company didn’t go into detail regarding the newly launched Force 1 but did reveal that the engine will deliver 646 PS at 6,500 RPM and 819 Nm of torque at 3,800 RPM.

In terms of size it is 4,988mm long, 1,986mm wide and 1330mm tall, and will go from 0-100 KPH in an estimated 3.9 seconds.

It is manufactured in Detroit’s Auburn Hills with the design and technology coming from the company’s Los Angeles, California office.

"It's a circle. When Gilbert and I formed VL Automotive in 2012, we wanted to take Henrik's beautifully proportioned design, replace the hybrid gas-electric power train with a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 drivetrain, and create a bespoke four-door luxury car with outstanding performance.  With Henrik on board, we are ready to present the Destino with a refined design, and a new model named Force 1 that Henrik has developed with an acclaimed race car driver, at the 2016 North American International Auto Show," said Lutz.

"I'm honored to become a partner in this automotive 'Dream Team.’ With the management and financial skills of Bob Lutz, the manufacturing expertise of Gilbert Villarreal and my design innovation, we're poised to launch an extraordinary company, as we seek to change the future of the American auto industry," added Fisker.