By the end of the summer, the Dodge Viper will be gone, probably forever, but its spirit won’t die soon. That’s thanks to VLF Automotive’s Force 1 supercar, a vehicle jointly developed by Henrik Fisker, former General Motors chairman Bob Lutz, and well-known Viper racer Ben Keating. The coupe was revealed in January 2016 and is now about to get an open-top brother.
The first teaser images, depicting a design sketch and what appear to be two prototypes, appear to show a retractable cloth roof, covering the cabin of the two-seat car. No exact specifications are available at the moment, but it's almost certain the new roadster will use the same naturally-aspirated 8.4-litre V10 engine as the coupe. The carmaker has managed to squeeze an extra 100 horsepower and 38 pound-feet of torque from the motor, compared to its standard application in the Dodge Viper.
The Force 1 coupe is targeting 0-60mph in three seconds: given the additional weight of the cabrio, it will probably need a few tenths of a second more to perform the same sprint. Still fast enough.
Expect to see the same choice of a standard six-speed manual gearbox or optional six-speed paddleshift automatic, both channeling power to the rear wheels. The standard equipment of the coupe also features a Brembo high-performance brakes hiding behind massive 21-inch wheels paired with Pirelli P Zero tires, and carbon fibre body construction.
VLF Automotive is expected to stage the world premiere of its new roadster in China during the Shanghai Motor Show next month. Sales are planned to start shortly after with pricing to be announced in May.
Source: VFL Automotive via Autoweek.nl