New Fisker supercar will have Bob Lutz as a partner. Meet VLF Automotive

We bet you are as curious as we are about the next Henrik Fisker’s project, called Force 1. The good news it that some new information has come up. Not specifically about the car, but about who will produce it. The company is called VLF Automotive. If that sound familiar, even if a little different, that’s because you used to know the company for a shorter name, VL. That’s because it was named after its partners, Gilbert Villarreal and a certain Bob Lutz. Now it has added Henrik Fisker to the team. And the Force 1 as its second product. The car you can see below.

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If you take your time to check on the design, it will also look familiar. It seems a lot like a shorter Fisker Karma, doesn’t it? Maybe the reason for that is that the car could be a coupé version of the former, now called VLF Destino and equipped with a powerful 476 kW 6.2 LS9 V8.

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The bad news is that Aston Martin has asked Fisker not to show the Force 1 at the 2016 NAIAS. We do not know if it was a simple request or an injunction for him not to do so, but it has generated a firm response from the designer. Fisker has sued Aston Martin in US$ 100 million for “civil extortion”. He claims in a letter he sent to Road and Track: “Aston Martin is trying to intimidate me to prop up their own flailing company and to mask their financial and product deficiencies. I refuse to be intimidated and that is the reason for today’s filing.” You can read his entire lawsuit here.

It seems Aston Martin will suffer a major defeat. Just check the material Fisker has added to the lawsuit showing the differences between the Force 1 and the DB10, a model Aston claims to have been copied by the designer. Fisker is the responsible for the DB9 design and has helped Ian Callum with the Vantage. Below, the Force 1:

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And this is the Aston Martin DB10.

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According to Fisker, the Force 1 has a long rear, a round windshield base line, a Z belt line and parallel edges in the roof. The DB10 has a short rear, a flat windshield base line, a straight belt line and the edges of the roof get closer in the back. We know all cars are very similar nowadays, but if all carmakers start using this as an argument for preventing people to do similar stuff, the car industry would become a legal issue from tip to toe.

We still do not know if we are going to have the Force 1 at NAIAS, but you can already see the three entrepreneurs together in the main picture of this article and in the video below. The Destino is a 4.99 m, 1.99 m wide and 1.33 m tall, with a wheelbase of 3.16 m. Without the Karma batteries, it has managed to lower its weight from 2,400 kg to 1,950 kg. Using the same engine that powers the Corvette ZR1, it can sprint from 0 to 96 km/h in 3.9 seconds and can reach 320 km/h of top speed. It costs US$ 229,000. The Force 1 will probably use the same engine, what makes us wonder what a lighter car wouldn’t be capable of.

As for Karma Automotive, previously known as Fisker Automotive and producer of the Karma, it will apparently present a new car in 2016 and it apparently will no longer manufacture the Karma/Destino. This will probably be an exclusive product of VLF. The company plans to open seven dedicated dealers in North America this year and appoint several international importers. Whenever Maximum Bob is involved in something, you would better pay careful attention to what will come out of it.

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.