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Lightweight, 745-hp Dodge Viper

by Patrick Rall on

There were no high-performance debuts from the former Chrysler  at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, but Henrik Fisker and his new company VLF unveiled a new carbon-fiber supercar built around the chassis and drivetrain of the Dodge Viper.

The VLF Force 1 V10 is, in essence, a 745 horsepower rebodied Viper that will hit 60 in 3 seconds flat en route to a top speed of 218 miles per hour.

force 1 pf

VLF was originally known as VL Automotive; their specialty was taking leftover Fisker Karma electric luxury sedans and swapping in the 638hp LS9 drivetrain from the C6 Corvette ZR1.  VLF was headed by former Ford, BMW, GM and Chrysler executive Bob Lutz.

Henrik Fisker, who had made a name for himself by creating some legendary BMW and Aston Martin cars, joined the company himself earlier this year.

force 1 side

This time, Mr. Lutz and Mr. Fisker teamed up with Ben Keating, Viper endurance racer and owner of the Viper Exchange.

The VLF Force 1 V10 is built on the chassis of the Dodge Viper GTS, beginning with the 8.4L V10 that has been retuned to create more power — bumped from 645hp and 600lb-ft of torque to 745hp and 638lb-ft of torque. They also use a unique calibration for the Viper’s active suspension system, while keeping the Viper’s Brembo braking setup. The Force 1 should, therefore, have better performance than the Viper in every way, given its lighter weight; it will also run the quarter mile in the high 10s with trap speeds of 138mph.

force 1 rear

The Force 1 V10 drivetrain differs from the Viper in the transmission options, keeping the Viper 6-speed manual but adding  an optional 6-speed automatic transmission controlled by paddle shifters.

force 1 interior

The interior is similar, but with higher-end leather finishes and a wine saddle between the seats that will hold two bottles of wine. You know, because every custom bodied Viper going 218mph needs to have bottles of wine safely buckled in place.

force 1 engine

The VLF Force 1 V10  really looks nothing like the Dodge Viper. The roofline, windshield, and the rear hatch appear to be similar to the Viper, but the sidelines of the body are far more aggressive, the hood is lined with functional air inlets and vents, and both the front and rear fascia are nothing like the Viper. If someone didn’t know that this car was based on the Viper, they may not be able to guess that – but I would guess that looking at the roofline and rear glass would reveal the Dodge roots to most hardcore Mopar fans.

VLF Force 1 V10 production will be limited to just fifty, and the base price starts at $268,500; if you want an even more exclusive supercar with Viper power, the Force 1 could be your dream car.

Images: VLF

Patrick Rall was raised a Mopar boy, spending years racing a Dodge Mirada while working his way through college. After spending a few years post-college in the tax accounting field, Patrick made the jump to the world of journalism and his work has been published in magazines and websites around the world.

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