VLF Force 1 V10-1

At the 2016 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, newly-established company VLF Automotive has unveiled a new car. Called the Force 1 V10, the American supercar was unveiled by Henrik Fisker (of Aston Martin and Fisker Automotive fame) and renowned Viper race car driver, Ben Keating – both were also actively involved in building the new supercar.

The Force 1 V10 weighs a total of 1,538 kg as it possesses a light-weight carbon-fibre body that’s sculpted according to Fisker’s design language. The vehicle measures 4,545 mm in length, 2,019 mm in width, 1,243 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,512 mm. In front, a shaped hood with six air intakes and outlets are necessary to provide for the large mid-mounted engine sitting in the front bay.

Round the sides, a large functional outlet is present. As for the day light opening (DLO) or side windows, it has been shaped as such to resemble a sharp spear. The character lines flow to the rear where and upward-shaped spoiler and UTV laser-blade tail lamps – said to be the thinnest in the world – are part of the Force 1 V10’s aesthetic characteristics.

Aerodynamic elements are also incorporated in the rear spoiler, carbon-fibre rear diffuser and deep front spoiler. Just above the rear windscreen, there’s also a wing-like spoiler, which houses the third brake light and the in-car WiFi. The supercar sits on 21-inch aluminium wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero tyres, complemented by Brembo high-performance brakes.

VLF Force 1 V10-2

Providing power to the Force 1 is a Viper-derived 8.4 litre V10 engine which produces 745 hp at 6,100 rpm and 928 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm. It’s mated to a six-speed manual transmission, while a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters is optional. The supercar goes from 0-100 km/h in three seconds and the quarter mile sprint is done in slightly over 10 seconds. It tops out at 350 km/h.

Inside, one can find a wine/champagne/water holder for two bottles, a hidden milled aluminium pen holder, sunglass holder in carbon-fibre, navigation and HiFi, a milled aluminium and leather shifter and a smartphone centre console pocket with USB charging. A pair of lightweight manual sport seats come as standard, while electric-powered ones can be opted for.

To be built in Auburn Hills, Michigan, production of the Force 1 V10 will start at the end of April 2016, while deliveries will only take place by the third quarter of 2016. Only 50 units of the supercar will be made, and it carries with it a base price that starts at USD$268,500 (RM1.17 million). The company will also give owners the chance to attend two racing events per year, with each purchase.