Fisker Files Suit Against Aston Martin

Well-known car designer Henrik Fisker filed civil extortion charges against Aston Martin. He says that the British luxury sports car manufacturer threatened to sue him if the sports car dubbed as the Force1, which resembles the DB10, makes its way to the Detroit Auto Show. As a countermeasure, Henrik filed a civil extortion lawsuit against the British carmaker asking for US$100 million for damages.

Henrik Fisker - initial design rendering for The Force 1, a high-performance automobile debuting on January 12 at 10-05 am at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit

Fisker is a recognized designer in the automotive industry. He served as BMW’s DesignWorks president before he was brought to Aston Martin. The British automaker only sold 400 cars per year during the mid-90s. By the time Fisker designed two cars for the British carmaker that made it to production, global sales have grown and the company sold 7,000 cars worldwide.

After quitting the British carmaker, Henrik went on to do entrepreneurial work and built Fisker Automotive. His founded company was supposed to deliver a hybrid plug-in electric car but went bankrupt. The company was purchased in 2014 by the Wanxiang Group of China.

Henrik Fisker, the founder of Henrik Fisker Design, will be taking the wraps off a new sports car, The Force 1, at a press conference at the 2016 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) on the main show floor on January 12, at 10:05 a.m.

This high-performance automobile is an American take on a super sports car featuring powerful, dramatic sculptural exterior styling, Ultra Thin Ventilated (UTV) laser blade tail lamps and a luxurious contemporary interior for two people. The body on the limited edition auto is all carbon fiber sitting on 21″ wheels with high performance Pirelli P Zero tires, controlled by a unique new active suspension.

Priced just under $300,000, The Force 1 is the only American sports car in this price category. The car will be front/mid engine, featuring amongst the world’s highest output natural aspirated engine in a road car, driven by the rear wheels either by a six-speed manual or optional paddle shift auto box. “I believe there is room in the market for a daily driver that embodies all the attributes of the best track racing car, and the comfort of a luxurious sports car” said Fisker. “Extreme power, great aesthetics and pristine handling make for a superior ride in Force 1, an American Super Car.”

The car has been in development for the latter part of 2015 with an acclaimed American race car driver and his team. Force 1 will be manufactured in Michigan/USA with a production of up to 50 units starting in April 2016.