January 13, 2016

What happens when you give a Dodge Viper to the man who designed the Aston DB9?

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Though little has been heard of Henrik Fisker since his resignation from Fisker Automotive, he’s clearly been a busy man. He is now a shareholder and designer at VLF Automotive, a collaboration between Fisker, former GM vice president Bob Lutz and Gilbert Villarreal.

Now VLF already sells a Destino, what appears to be a Karma with a supercharged GM V8 in it. If you can’t beat them, join them, right? Its new car, just revealed at Detroit, is the Force 1 V10. And it looks amazing.

While VLF says the Force 1 has “powerful, dramatic sculptural exterior styling” and a “luxurious contemporary interior”, it isn’t too difficult to see what this car is based on. Struggling? What if we tell you it’s powered by an 8.4-litre V10? Yes, this is a Fisker take on the Dodge Viper. Which sounds pretty cool.

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That body is all carbon fibre, the V10 is up to 745hp and there’s space for two champagne bottles inside. Just the thing at 218mph…

The Fisker design influence is clear through the Force 1, in particular the Karma-aping rear lights. Don’t forget Fisker has some pretty good previous with front-engined, rear-wheel drive design too; as well as the Aston V8 Vantage and DB9, he also designed the BMW Z8. Inside the Viper origins are clearer to see – despite the champagne holders – but it does look more luxurious. Then you’ll see the ‘Force 1 V10’ badge on the back and wonder how on earth it was signed off on such a well designed car.

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VLF says the Force 1 will be initially produced in a batch of just 50 cars, with production commencing this April. The six-speed manual is standard with an auto optional. Price? $268,500, or around £185,000. Grab a manual, naturally aspirated supercar while you still can!

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Welcome…the brand new MGA roof

It’s been a very busy day today at Bridge Classic Cars, busy but very fulfilling. It was the day Asa and Tommy fitted set to task fitting the brand new roof to the MGA.

I, on the other hand, had a busy day in front of the computer. Amazingly I heard no swearing coming from the workshop and by the end of the day she had her roof fitted so all in all…a success!

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