Henrik Fisker won’t be silenced easily.

You may remember him as the designer of the beautiful yet tragic Fisker Karma, a hybrid supercar that was unfortunately plagued with battery problems. Fisker has left that car in the dust, no pun intended. His hybrid days appear to be over for the time being.

Fisker arrived at NAIAS 2016 with an even wilder, more powerful boutique supercar to steal the show. Enter the VLF Force 1 – the Fisker startup’s second model.

At first glance, the car is definitely impressive, but it may also seem familiar. That’s because the Force 1 is basically a rebodied Dodge Viper.

What Makes It so Special?

It’s a no-brainer that Fisker drew a large amount of inspiration from the Viper – plus, professional Viper racer and dealer Ben Keating was in on the development. Is it a Viper in disguise?

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No, it’s more like an insanely souped-up Viper. Under the hood is an 8.4 liter V10 just like the Viper’s, but instead of the Viper’s 645 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque, the Force 1 engine puts out 745 horsepower and 638 pound-feet of torque. Whoa. According to the company, this car will go from 0-60 in 3 seconds even, and reach a top speed of 218 mph. Yeah, it’s a bit more monstrous than that silly old snake over there.

This is even more true when you look at the exterior. While the Viper is certainly menacing in its own way, it still has certain stylistic features that aren’t too off-putting when you see one on the road. On the other hand, the VLF Force 1 is just an angry car. The curves of the Viper have been turned into sharp angles and vents, and the head and taillights are thin as can be.

Once you get past the aggressive outer shell, however, the Viper origins show themselves once more in the interior. This is Henrik Fisker’s car, though, and he made sure to redo the interior right. It’s been refinished in Alcantara, suede, and leather with diamond stitching. Anything to give the platform a little more luxurious oomph.

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What’s All This Drama?

Fisker’s in the doghouse with his former employer, Aston Martin, thanks to the Force 1 debut. Around Christmas time, the company told Fisker that the Force 1 design violated the Aston Martin DB10’s copyright. It asked the former designer not to show the Force 1, but he promptly responded by suing them for $100 million for civil extortion. Aston Martin won’t strong-arm him out of the industry just yet.

You can probably predict what this vehicular statement will cost, but here’s the spoiler: $268,500. You better act quickly, because there will only be 50 made.

You could get one of these for the same price as a Lamborghini Huracan, but according to Fisker, “The market needs a super car with no excuses.” One thing’s for sure. We haven’t seen the end of the drama, and we haven’t seen the end of Fisker.

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