The Corvette-powered analog mid-engined supercar you've never heard of.
You wouldn't be the only one who hasn't heard of Michigan-based Falcon Motorsports, builders of the Falcon F Series, including the F7 featured here. The company was founded only in 2009 and revealed its first prototype a year later at the Detroit Auto Show. The Falcon F7 debuted in 2012 and remains on sale today, though it's not exactly something you'll find in dealerships. No, this analog mid-engined supercar is ultra-rare and they don't come up for sale often. That's because only seven were built, though one has since been wrecked. Now, there's a 2014 model year example currently up for auction on Cars and Bids.
But first, there are more vital F7 details you need to know about. This strictly two-seater rides on a monocoque chassis made from a lovely combination of carbon fiber, aluminum, and Kevlar.
Falcon sourced one of the best and most reliable engines at the time: GM's LS7 naturally aspirated 7.0-liter V8, which powered the C6 Corvette Z06 and fifth-generation Camaro Z/28. Total output is 620 horsepower and 585 lb-ft of torque. Weighing only 2,750 pounds, accelerating from 0-60 mph requires just 3.6 seconds. Top speed is in excess of 200 mph. Power is directed to the rear wheels only through a six-speed manual. Falcon later launched an updated F7 featuring forced induction it developed with Lingenfelter Performance Engineering. A twin-turbo system was bolted to the LS7 for a new grand total of 1,100 hp and a 2.7-second sprint time to 60 mph.
This example, VIN No. 3, up for auction has the NA V8 and remains completely unmodified. Other features include 20-inch Forgeline wheels, a removable roof panel, Kenwood CD player, JLB sound system, dashboard-mounted iPad, leather upholstery, and sports seats.
The red paint does show some wear and tear with some cracking on the driver-side mirror cap, flaking around the exhaust tips, and some bubbling on the hood. The carbon fiber front splitter also shows some damage and there's a chip on the front bumper. It's all totally fixable and proof its first owner and seller thoroughly enjoyed since taking possession.
Just 3,300 miles are on its clock and, as of this writing, the highest bid has reached $75,000. Bidding will conclude on March 15. The owner originally paid about $250,000 but it'll be interesting to see if this all-American analog supercar will surpass the six-figure mark.