This is the car Aston Martin was afraid to see: the VLF Force 1

Aston Martin has lost its first battle against Henrik Fisker. It has asked the designer not to show its new creation at the 2016 NAIAS, but it was in vain. The VLF Force 1 was at the auto show in all its glory. And it is more interesting than we could predict. It is not a coupé version of the Destino, but a completely new vehicle. Built over the Dodge Viper!

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The supercar is 4.55 m long, 2.02 m wide, 1.24 m tall and has a wheelbase of 2.51 m. Summing up, it is longer, wider and taller than the production Viper. Its 8.4 V10 engine produces 556 kW at 6,100 rpm and 928 Nm at 5,000 rpm. The reported top speed is 350 km/h and it goes from 0 to 96 km/h in 3 s. With an extensive use of carbon fiber, the car weighs 1,538 kg, or only 8 kg more than the Viper, but it is 106 kW more powerful, to be precise. The VLF Force 1 will have two transmission options, both 6-speed: a manual and an automatic gearbox.

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Production of the new supercar will be restricted to 50 units at first, probably in a way to measure demand and production pace from these 50 units on. Each one of them will cost US$ 268,500. These cars will be sold by Ben Keating’s Viper Exchange and each new owner will have the right to attend two racing events per year as part of Ben Keating’s team, or else, with full access to paddock and pits.

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.