What do you get when you combine 10 cylinders, 745 horsepower, drama, a man named Ben, and the Force? No, not the Millennium Falcon’s pod racing cousin. You get Henrik Fisker’s latest creation. Yes, it’s the same Fisker of Karma, Z8, DB9 and V8 Vantage fame.
The Force 1 is a collaboration with former GM chairman Bob Lutz and Ben Keating, who not only owns the largest Viper (the car not the venomous snake) dealership in the world, but also races Vipers. Quite successfully actually, winning his class at the Daytona 24 Hours in 2015. So you’ve got the savvy businessman, the racer and the designer, all coming together to build what they call “The All American Supercar” aka the Force 1. And wouldn’t you know, the power comes from a 8.4 liter V10 straight out of a Viper. A manual 6-speed transmission comes as standard. If by some chance you are lazy and a paddle enthusiast, there is an optional automatic transmission with the aforementioned paddle shifters. There’s also a computer controlled active suspension which Keating, and his wealth of racing experience, helped to tune. The brakes are huge Brembos and the tires are from Pirelli as is required by international super car law.
It all sounds excellent: one epic machine to drive and with Fisker on board you know its gonna look good. I’ll let you be the judge but any opinion not concluding that it looks fantastic is wrong.
The looks, however, are the source of the drama I was speaking of. If you follow cars you will undoubtedly be aware of the lawsuit between Fisker and Aston Martin regarding the looks of this car. Aston thinks it looks too much like James Bond’s DB10 and tried to prevent Fisker from unveiling the new car. Fisker in turned sued Aston to the tune of $100 million. It’s hard for me to figure what all the fuss is about. Yes Fisker used to design cars for Aston, but look at them. They hardly look like twins. I suppose an argument can be made that in the Force 1’s initial sketches from the top view look similar, but hardly like a 1-to-1 rip off. At any rate, it’s obvious Aston’s ploy didn’t work because the Force 1 was unveiled and the world is a better place for it.