The Falcon F7 project commenced only five years ago, when engineer and car enthusiast Jeff Lemke decided it’s time to build his very own supercar . It took Falcon Motorsports less than three years to complete it, just in time to show the production version of the vehicle at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show .
The F7’s configuration is pretty much basic and in accordance with today’s supercar standards. It rides on a tungsten inert gas-welded aluminum chassis with a carbon-fiber/kevlar reinforced floor pan, the body panels are made of carbon fiber, while the GM-sourced V-8 engine is mounted behind the seats.
Yes, like most small automotive ventures, Falcon Motorsports did not develop its own powertrain or suspension system, choosing to borrow them from the previous Chevrolet Corvette Z06 .
Although the recipe sounds similar to those used by Shelby SuperCars or Hennessey , the Falcon F7 has yet to stir the supercar waters, probably because it has no speed records or thousands of horsepower attached to its name. But despite its rather anonymous status, this unique, daring vehicle is worthy of your attention.
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The wedge-like cues that were highly popular in 1970s and 1980s cars are fairly obvious, but the F7 also borrows styling elements seen on newer supercars
According to Lemke, the Falcon F7 was created with the 1980s in mind. The wedge-like cues that were highly popular in 1970s and 1980s cars are fairly obvious, but the F7 also borrows styling elements seen on newer supercars. Just notice the Lamborghini nose, the Ford GT hood or the Ferrari 512 Berlinetta -inspired rear end.
On the other hand, Falcon managed to blend all those cues with great success, creating a design that has its own identity. It’s not exactly breathtaking and it’s less spectacular then most supercars launched in the past year, but it has everything it takes to turn a lot of heads. The stance helps too, as the F7 is a bit wider than the Ferrari 458 Italia and sits lower than most exotics.
The crude dashboard configuration and the cheap-looking steering wheel aren't exactly attractive in a vehicle that fetches more than $200,000
Although it comes with accessories ranging from leather and carbon-fiber inserts to billet surrounds and knobs, the F7’s interior looks rather spartan. The crude dashboard configuration and the cheap-looking steering wheel aren’t exactly attractive in a vehicle that fetches more than $200,000. Fit and finish don’t appear to be that great either, although the color scheme isn’t exactly relevant.
The short convenience features list includes a four-speaker CD stereo with Bluetooth connectivity, an iPad in-dash slot above the shifter, air conditioning, power windows and keyless ignition.
The Falcon F7 was fitted with a 7.0-liter LS7 engine sourced from the previous Chevrolet Corvette Z06. However, the unit received additional high performance components and had its output increased to 620 horsepower
As previously mentioned, the Falcon F7 was fitted with a 7.0-liter LS7 engine sourced from the C6 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. However, the unit received additional high-performance components, such as Lingenfelter cam and springs, a carbon-fiber intake system and had its output increased to 620 horsepower and 585 pound-feet of torque.
With this oomph under the hood, which is managed by a Ricardo six-speed transaxle, and weighing only 2,850 pounds, the F7 sprints from 0 to 60 mph in only 3.3 seconds on its way to a top speed of 190 mph.
Stopping power is provided by Brembo carbon-ceramic disc brakes, with six-piston calipers and 15.5-inch rotors at the front, and four-piston caliper and 15-inch rotors out back. The 20-inch forged, five-spoke wheels are connected to a Penske high-performance, coilover, pushrod suspension.
|Engine||427 cubic inch LS-7 engine featuring Lingenfelter high performance components|
|0-60mph||Approximately 3.3-3.6 seconds|
|Top Speed||Approximately 190-200mph|
|1/4 Mile||10.9 Seconds|
|Lateral Acceleration||1.1-1.3g maximum|
|60-0||Under 100 ft.|
Although pricing is only available on request, the Falcon F7 is expected to fetch around $245,000 before options. A maximum of 25 units will be built for the 2014 model year.
I know the SRT Viper isn’t exactly a supercar, but that’s what makes it the perfect rival for the Falcon F7. Powered by a huge 8.4-liter, V-10 engine that sends 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque to the wheels via a six-speed manual, the 2014 Viper can be had in several versions and tunes.
At the bottom of the pack stands the standard model, which is priced from $102,485. Moving up the ladder, the Grand Touring package adds a $7,500 premium, while the TA (Time-Attack) bundle raises the sticker to $118,485. The latter comes with advanced body aerodynamics and an improved suspension system allowing for better handling at the track. Lastly, the Viper GTS begins at $124,985.
As we can clearly see, the Viper is more powerful and a lot cheaper than the Falcon F7. Not to mention that the V-10-powered snake already benefits from a nearly 25-year legacy and plenty of motorsport heritage.
Chevrolet unveiled the C7 Corvette Z06 at the Detroit Auto Show in January, promising to deliver the most track-capable Corvette ever built. With at least 625 horsepower and 635 pound-feet of torque being pumped to the wheels by the all-new, 6.2-liter, V-8 engine, that’s very likely to happen, but the car’s advanced underpinning are also set to play an important role in the Z06’s success.
The new mill, which directs power to the wheels via either a seven-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed automatic transmission, will enable the 2015 Corvette Z06 to sprint from naught to 60 mph in about 3.3 seconds, while its top speed will be rated at around 200 mph.
There’s no pricing information at the time of this writing, but there’s no way the new Corvette Z06 will cost more than the Falcon F7. Most likely, the GM-built sports car will go against the Viper as far as stickers are concerned.
I can't see a reason for the F7 to exist and sell beyond the owner's ambition to create an all-American supercar, especially with no relevant history to back the Falcon name
The Falcon F7 isn’t exactly fast when compared to other supercars, with a 0-to-60 mph acceleration time equal to that of the Porsche 911 Turbo. On the other hand, pricing doesn’t go into supercar territory either, fetching slightly less than a McLaren 650S , so no one should expect Koenigsegg -like performance.
I can’t see a reason for the F7 to exist and sell beyond the owner’s ambition to create an all-American supercar, especially with no relevant history to back the Falcon name. But even companies like Ferrari and Porsche started from scratch, so, who knows, maybe Falcon will make an impact in the coming years with an improved version of the car. That’s the least I can hope for.
- LS7 power
- Made in `Murrrica
- Daring design
- Not exactly a supercar
- Poor interior
- Needs more tech