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VLF Force 1: no new Vipers, no problem

by David Zatz on

Around a year and a half ago, Henrik Fisker’s new company, VLF, showed off a new carbon-fiber supercar based on the chassis and drivetrain of the Dodge Viper. With 745 horsepower on top, the Force 1 could hit 60 in 3 seconds flat — and reach 218 miles per hour.

force 1 pf

VLF (formerly VL Automotive) originally put Corvette powertrains into leftover Fisker Karma electric luxury sedans; the company was headed by Bob Lutz, Chrysler’s former #2 (who was also an executive with BMW, GM, and Ford), and also involved Viper Exchange owner Ben Keating.

force 1 rear

The VLF Force 1 V10 used different engine and suspension calibrations, withi the Viper’s brakes. The company claimed it could do the quarter mile in the high 10s, with trap speeds of 138mph. Buyers could get a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters — the latter, the only way to buy a new Viper with an automatic.

force 1 interior

With just fifty slated to be made, you might think that the Force 1 V10 would have no problems with the end of Viper production, and you’d be right.  Fisker told Automotive News that he had “more than enough” donor cars, purchased “early on.”

Fisker is still planning to do an electric car, the Fisker EMotion, from a separate company. His original electric car venture failed, and was purchased by a Chinese Web billionaire; after announcement huge plans, the company, now dubbed Karma Automotive, has been rapidly scaling back.

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