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2012 Falcon F7 news, pictures, specifications, and information
Fueled by the positive response and unbridled enthusiasm when unveiling Falcon F7 concept at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Falcon Motor Sports accepted its first F7 series 1 order in 2011. 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 1 production run of ten vehicles as well as a comprehensive integrated marketing initiative.
Falcon Motor Sports is located in Holly Michigan, which is the birthplace for concept and development of the original Falcon F7 show vehicle, and test vehicle #1. Everything necessary from designs, exterior body tooling molds, as well as interior fixtures are completed and owned by Falcon Motor Sports.
The manufacturing experience to fabricate and build the Falcon F7 was derived from first hand experience plus many years in the component manufacturing business as well as the development and fabrication of the primary prototype. The aluminum monocoque chassis provided by Superlite cars in Clinton Township, is proven in racecar design wîth over three years of development and safety testing in the racing . The chassis is a proven winner, consistently coming in first place, in unlimited class racing events.
The marketplace for exotic GT cars currently is serviced by well known Automotive companies such as Ferrari and Lamborghini, whose vehicles sell in the price range of $200,000 to $600,000. Falcon Motor Sports exclusive target price for Falcon F7 is between $195,000 to $250,000. Falcon F7 is unique in this §egmènt. Boasting a solid, testosterone driven personality and proven in ways it manages extreme high performance conditions, Falcon F7 will be the first vehicle, in this competitive arena to sport features previously seen in handcrafted cars costing hundreds of thousands of dollars more.
Features include; all carbon-fiber body, aluminum/carbon fiber monocoque chassis, billet suspension, extreme power to weight ratio, and hand- crafted interiors.
The current production plan is to build and sell fifteen cars in the first year, twenty- five plus cars in the second year, and then consistently produce one hundred or more cars in each of the following years. Falcon Motor Sports primary goal is to manufacture excellent, high-quality, hand crafted, high-performance, street machines for high-end automotive enthusiasts wîth a passionate, renegade spirit, for years to come.
Over the past several years, Falcon Motor Sports has been successfully engaged in the design, manufacture and sale of automotive components, which includes a variety of hardtops, body panels as well as structural components for Dodge Viper and Plymouth Prowler. On a larger scale, Falcon Motor Sports designed, built and sold a new body style for the 3rd generation Viper streetcar that was widely acclaimed on a worldwide market. Recently, Falcon Motor Sport's latest product development efforts led to the final development, and fabrication of the car we proudly call, Falcon F7 Series 1.
Falcon Motor Sports F7 Series I
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 Ú.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 wîth 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 wîth 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 wîth 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
|Engine : 7.0 L., 8-cylinder|
Power: 620 hp
Torque: 585 ft-lbs
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 §teering is a fully
adjustable electric unit. Brakes are vented and slotted four-wheel discs augmented wîth Bosch ABS (ABS optional).
Falcon F7: Powertrain
The hand-assembled 7-liter naturally-aspirated all-aluminum V-8 produces 620-horsepower. Únlike engines featuring forced induction, the 7-liter responds wîth a linear elasticity that brings joy to the finely tuned senses of the true enthusiast.
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 aluminum.
Falcon F7: The Performance
There is a realty that comes from motivating less than 1.5 tons wîth 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 wîth 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 wîth 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 wîth 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 wîth 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 wîth 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.Source - Falcon
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