VLF Force 1 goes ahead despite Aston’s protests
Does the VLF Force 1 resemble an Aston Martin to you? Aston Martin believes so, filing a lawsuit against the Force 1 on the grounds that it copied the design of its DB10.
As one digs into the details the story becomes juicier; the VLF Automotive Force 1 is a joint project between Henrik Fisker, ex-GM boss Bob Lutz and experienced racer Ben Keating. As you might recall Henrik Fisker is an ex-Aston Martin employee would have had the means and possibly the motive to do exactly what he is accused.
But these are semantics because we’re looking at the production ready VLF Force 1 which will be limited to 50 units and cost more than a Ferrari 488. For a car with very little in the way of proven credentials, that’s blimmin’ crazy but it’s not some poorly cobbled sports car either dreamed up in Fisker’s basement.
The yummy bit you can count on is the 8.4 litre V10 lifted from the Dodge Viper and fuelled to produce 555kW and 864Nm and give the normally aspirated engine more than a fighting chance against the turbo crowd. These numbers are enough to haul the carbon-bodied (1538kg) VLF Force 1 to 100km/h in 3.0 seconds and pass the quarter mile in 10.97 seconds.
While the engine is old school the computer-controlled suspension active will make Aston Martin blush and is where Keating’s experience came into the fold. He also enlisted the services of Brembo discs and calipers.
Would we rather have the VLF Force 1 in place of an Aston? We might just…