2016 Detroit Auto Show: VLF Force 1 image

VLF Automotive has not been established for long but it has already snatched controversial automotive designer Henrik Fisker – the man behind the defunct Fisker Karma.

Now the company has brought to the 2016 North American International Auto Show not one but two “completely” new automobiles – the Destino (which is a Karma powered by a Corvette ZR1 engine) and this Force 1 world premiere. The name sounds a bit like the drive-it yourself Barack Obama presidential ride but it’s actually a Viper-enforced supercar using a carbon fiber body in order to tip the scales at just 3,395 pounds (1,538 kilograms). This model in itself is the brainchild of Henrik Fisker, former General Motors chairman Bob Lutz, and well-known Viper racer Ben Keating. Looking more muscular and aggressive than the original Viper the origin of the car is still pretty easy to spot – just pay attention and see the side exhausts are a dead giveaway.

More so, the motivation is provided by the same naturally-aspirated 8.4-liter V10 engine, which this time around will deliver 745 horsepower and 638 pound-feet of torque – the regular Viper can “only” handle 645 hp and 600 lb-ft. The rear axle will handle the power through a standard six-speed manual gearbox or an optional six-speed automatic with paddles and the Force 1 will also treat owners to a standard Brembo high-performance braking kit looking neatly behind the massive 21-inch wheels shod in Pirelli P Zero tires. VLF Automotive claims their newly introduced supercar will do the 60 miles per hour run in just three seconds and will go all the way up to 218 mph (350 km/h).