Η Falcon στο Detroit παρουσίασε το νέο της supercar, το F7, το οποίο βασίζεται στο πρωτότυπο Mach 7 concept που είχε παρουσιαστεί στην ίδια έκθεση έναν χρόνο νωρίτερα. Μηχανικά φορά έναν βελτιωμένο LS7 κινητήρα της Chevrolet, ο οποίο χάρη στην carbon εισαγωγή αέρα που στέλνει αέρα ξεχωριστά σε κάνε έναν από τους 8 κυλίνδρους αποδίδει 628 άλογα με 813 Nm ροπής. Ζυγίζει 1.263 κιλά τα 0-100 χλμ/ώρα τα κάνει περίπου σε 3.6 δευτερόλεπτα, το 400αρι σε 10.9 δευτ. με τελική ταχύτητα κοντά στα 320 χλμ/ώρα. Πόσο κοστίζει; $225.000 (€176.775).
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Falcon Motor Sports F7 Series I
2012 NAIAS Media Release
Detroit, January 10, 2012: Home-grown but not home-built in Holly, Mich.,
the technically advanced Falcon Motor Sports F7 Series I makes its production
debut at the 2012 North American International Auto Show.
• F7 Series I specifications finalized in Q4, 2011
• Falcon Motor Sports receives U.S. Department of Transportation
certification as an automobile manufacturer in December, 2011
• First customer car shown at Detroit NAIAS
Falcon F7: Its Reason For Being
Some enthusiasts believe modern supercars have lost their edge. Some current
supercars coddle their drivers with a supple ride and automated gearboxes.
Electronic safety nets reduce the driving skill needed to push the limits. The
net result can be an abject absence of personality.
The Falcon F7 Series I rebels against this trend. It personifies a thoroughly
modern performance machine with the soul of a classic supercar.
Falcon F7: Exterior Styling
The evocative F7 Series I finds its general inspiration from 1980s-era supercars;
dramatic designs that had yet to surrender the science of the wind tunnel and
the demands of international government regulations.
Every exterior and inner structural panel is formed from lightweight carbon
fiber, literally melding classic styling with modern technology.
Falcon F7: Interior
Handcrafted details exude quality and attention to detail. Exceptionally roomy
for a supercar, the F7 Series I accommodates drivers up to 6’4″ in comfort. A
choice of seats (upholstered by Venzano in hand-sewn leather) and an
adjustable gauge pod help ideally position the driver.
Standard equipment includes an iPod docking station, Bluetooth device
connectivity, Garmin GPS, premium audio system, keyless locking and ignition
system, power windows, and air conditioning.
Falcon F7: Chassis
The F7 rides upon a unique race-derived platform developed over literally
hundreds of on-track hours. The chassis itself is tig-welded aluminum with an
integrated carbon fiber structural tunnel, as well as carbon fiber reinforced
floor pan and firewall. The generously-sized cockpit benefits from front and
rear energy-absorbing structures plus fully-integrated A- and B-pillar roll hoops.
The lightweight chassis also features fully adjustable and independent billet
suspension components and dampers. The reasonable ride height makes onroad
driving possible, and nearly worry free (in terms of managing driveway
aprons, pot holes, etc.). The rack-and-pinion power steering is a fully
adjustable electric unit. Brakes are vented and slotted four-wheel discs
augmented with Bosch ABS (ABS optional).
Falcon F7: Powertrain
The hand-assembled 7-liter naturally-aspirated all-aluminum V-8 produces 620-
horsepower. Unlike engines featuring forced induction, the 7-liter responds
with a linear elasticity that brings joy to the finely tuned senses of the true
The engine sits low and longitudinally amidships, driving a 6-speed manual
transaxle based on a design by Ricardo, one of the world’s preeminent
transmission manufacturers. The actual shifter is hand-crafted out of billet
Falcon F7: The Performance
There is a realty that comes from motivating less than 1.5 tons with over 600
horsepower; an extreme power-to-weight ratio.
While official track testing has not been completed, projected performance for
the Falcon F7 Series I equipped with the naturally-aspirated 7-liter V-8 is:
• 0-60 mph in 3.3-3.6 seconds
• 190-200 mph top speed
• 1.1-1.3g maximum lateral acceleration
• Sub 100-foot 60-0 mph braking performance
Falcon F7: Pricing
The Falcon F7 Series I equipped with the 7-liter V-8 retails for $225,000.
Falcon F7: The Genesis
Falcon Motor Sports began development of the F7 in 2009. A team of skilled
craftsman created a running engineering prototype that earned serious respect
when shown at the 2010 North American International Auto Show.
The F7 Series I is a continuation of this original effort.
Falcon F7: The Personalities
Single personalities often create the most memorable vehicles. Jeff Lemke is
one such personality. A Detroit native, Lemke impacted the high-performance
automotive scene with his aftermarket kits for Dodge Vipers from the late
1990s and through the first decade of 2000. This successful business venture
helped Lemke hone his design, engineering and production capabilities.
In 2011, Lemke partnered with Fran Hall, notable for his Superlite racecars.
The Superlite’s track performance is respected across North America and the
choice of track day enthusiasts who want affordable, reliable and robust
prototype class performance.
Falcon F7: Next Steps
Falcon Motor Sports accepted its first F7 Series I order in 2010 as final
development continued. The first customer car is on display at the 2012 Detroit
North American International Auto Show. Additional vehicles are under
construction and orders are being accepted to complete the initial F7 Series I
production run of ten vehicles.
Falcon F7: The Future
Additional vehicle orders are being accepted as Falcon Motor Sports plans to
complete a total of 10 Series I vehicles during calendar year 2012.
Opportunities remain for potential owners to partner with Falcon Motor Sports
in the development of their personal F7 Series I.
The basic specifications of the F7 Series I are fixed, however development
partner/owners have the unique opportunity to contribute to the final
refinements and tuning of the F7 line by participating – hands on – in
equipment choices and final states of chassis tuning. Details on becoming a
development partner and owner of an F7 Series I are available upon request.