We just got done talking about what Henrik Fisker has in mind for his next car. At the time that story ran a few days ago, there were no pictures available of the new car. Fisker has taken a page from Elon Musk’s playbook. He is now giving updates about his new company, Fisker, Inc., via Twitter. Yesterday he posted a photo of what he says is his latest car, which still has no name, so far as anyone knows.
There is little doubt what the new car’s target is. “I think it’s pretty clear when you look at the market, when you look at the premium market, there’s really only one company that is out there, and it’s Tesla,” he told Business Insider last week. To compete, you always need a hook. Elon Musk made falcon wing doors the hook for this latest car, the Model X SUV. Not to be outdone, Fisker’s latest creation will have two pairs of butterfly doors.
Younger people will recognize them from the McLaren F1. Older readers will associate them with the original bad boy supercar, the Lamborghini Countach. In any case, they are not gull wing doors and anyone who calls them that will be cold rolled in hounds tooth upholstery from a 1953 Mercedes 300 SL.
The designer says his sedan will be built primarily out of aluminum and carbon fiber. He also claims it will offer a roomier interior than “its closest competitor.” Gee, do you think he is talking about the Chevy Bolt when he says that?
Speaking of claims, Henrik says his other new venture, Fisker Nanotech, has created a revolutionary new battery that combines the best features of a lithium ion battery and a supercapacitor. Look for 400 miles of range and fast recharging times, he says. The comments we got to that news in our prior article suggest most of our readers are highly skeptical about whether that news is real or just vaporware. After all, Henrik has had some spectacularly bad experience with new battery technology before.
So we will take a wait and see attitude when it comes to the latest Fisker offering. If it performs as advertised, it could actually be the kind of “compelling electric car” Elon Musk is always begging other car companies to make. Fisker says he will be releasing more information about the new car next week. Maybe by then the car will have a name?
Source: The Drive Photo credit: Fisker, Inc.