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2012 Mach7 Motorsports Falcon F7 | Topspeed.com (2012-02-20)

Mach7 Motorsports waltzed into the 2011 Detroit Auto Show with a killer new machine that was poised to further represent America in the supercar war of the worlds. Turns out, that was just a prototype and they’re back in Detroit again to reveal their polished Falcon F7. The new Falcon F7 supercar will go on sale at a starting price of $195,000, with some versions heading up to $250,000. Mach7 Motorsports hopes to produce 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.

The Falcon F7 will feature an all carbon-fiber body, an aluminum/carbon fiber monocoque chassis, a billet suspension, an extreme power to weight ratio, and hand-crafted interiors. It is powered by a 7.0 liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 620 HP at 6600 rpm and 585 lb-ft of torque at 5400 rpm. With the extra power, the Falcon F7 will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.3-3.6 seconds and will hit a top speed somewhere between 190 to 200 mph.
UPDATE 01/30/12: The Falcon F7 is one of the most intriguing super cars to come out of American soil in recent history. Check out this newly-released video of the supercar undergoing its first track testing session. It’s a good watch!
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Falcon F7: Local Authority | Street Side Auto.com (2012-02-06)

The Ford GT.  The C6 Corvette.  The Dodge Viper.  The Big Three all make (or made) supercars, and they’re each fit to press the air from your lungs with beauty and lateral

G.  But big American automakers, lately in particular, have to be cautious with their projects.  Styling must remain conservative enough to hook every last customer, because as much as we hate it, supercars don’t make much money.  Ford couldn’t make a bonkers R version of the GT to challenge current records.  And GM couldn’t plant that big LS behind the cab.  When the Aveo is your sponsor, you can’t build a mythical beast like Pagani, Noble, or Koenigsegg.
Thankfully, America has never been entirely devoid of small supercar firms, those pokey little banished cousins who refuse to quit.  Malcolm Bricklin did it back in the 70s with his fiberglass, snap-together kit cars.  SSC is doing it now, and doing it quite well.  And last month at the Detroit Auto Show, a new challenger arrived.  They called themselves Falcon and they bore us a gift.  It’s called the F7, and it’s almost perfect.
Since it’s a supercar, you want to first discuss the massive power.  But you can’t.  And you want to compare that power to the weight, which, thanks to its carbon fiber body, might top 3,000 lbs if Emma Stone filled the tank and then got in.  But you can’t do that, either.
Because when you look at the Falcon F7, you can’t say much at all.  It’s simply stunning, exactly what you’d get if you described a supercar to an artist who had never seen one, exactly what you’ve always wanted a supercar to look like.
Its none-too-stubby hood, which flaunts a daring pair of big, functional downforce ducts, ends with a face like a young Clint Eastwood- right before he pulls the trigger and takes his revenge on you.  There’s a chunky, squarish brake vent behind each door, and the ceiling comes off.  It’s a real live targa!  The kind we had in the early 90’s, which some of us barely remember.  Off the tail you’ll see an asphalt-threshing diffuser and a matching set of dilithium-chrystal-antimatter-warp-drive engines, sourced from an early Enterprise.
In short, the Falcon F7 looks to have been designed by en eight-year-old with a PhD, or else an eccentric jet builder with a penchant for Saturday morning cartoons.  It’s breathtaking, but not like an Aston Martin or a Veyron.  Its soundtrack is not an opera excerpt or the latest from Yo Yo Ma.  It’s Dream Theater or The Wall.  It makes you gasp, but only so you can laugh like a kid at the zoo.  “I want to ride one!” you exclaim.
Well.  That about covers it, right?  Oh, no, there’s power too, of course.  Now that we’ve composed ourselves, we can let you know that under that deck lid resides not a high-revving Italian, but a smack-talking American V8.  You can get your Falcon with an LS3 or an LS7, courtesy Corvette (who also donated most of the suspension), bolted to a chest hair cultivating, six-speed manual.  The LS7 blasts out 620 hp and 585 lb-ft of torque, enough to get the leg-pressable car to 60 in 3.6 seconds.  Falcon, ever the Americans, even advertise the quarter mile time: 10.9, stock.
All of this LSourcing is also good for parts availability and (relatively) cheap maintenance and tuning, which is something to consider when you see the price.  See, every supercar has to meet two of the three following qualifications before it can be called a true supercar: It must have two seats.  It must be loud, both aurally and otherwise.  And it must be unreachably expensive.  Unfortunately, Falcon were going for checkmarks across the board, because the F7, at its cheapest, will set you back a $225,000.  And if we’re honest, that’s probably a little steep for an LS-powered shed car, but someone has to cover the R&D, right?  Plus, you’re buying exclusivity, because Falcon is only building ten copies.
Thus, few of us will likely ever see one, much less throw down the quarter million bones for it.  But since we’re dreaming anyway, we’ll make a spot in the unattainable dream garage for the Falcon F7, not for what we can do with it, but for what it does to us.
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Reinventing the American Super Car – Falcon Motorsports Turning Heads with F7 | OYE! Times (2012-02-01)

As American car companies continue its trend to produce environmentally friendly vehicles for the everyday driver there is one Michigan auto company that is doing the exact opposite – building the next home-grown super car.
Falcon Motorsports, a company based out of Holly, Michigan, is bringing back memories of a previous era of American automotive history. A time where American ingenuity produced unbelievable super cars with unique designs and the ability to roar down a highway at unimaginable speeds.
Introducing the F7 – it recently turned heads in Detroit at the annual North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) and even caught the attention of Top Gear USA.
“We’re very excited,” said Jason Verbrugghe, a Falcon representative. “We want to be able to help re-vitalize that motor city aspect of Michigan. So to have another super car aspect actually coming from Michigan is pretty impressive right now. There is nothing really super car that’s on its own here.”
Falcon Motorsports logo shimmers against the bronze painted F7 (Aman Dhanoa)After spending years of tinkering and retrofitting existing Vipers and Corvettes, Falcon founder Jeff Lemke took upon a challenge of building a street machine of his own. The process hasn’t been easy but the result is nothing short of stunning.
The idea for its concept-turned production F7 was borne out of passion and a vision for a super car that would match the power and sleekness of international heavyweights such as Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini.
“My background is doing aftermarket stuff for Vipers and things like that,” said Lemke. “I’ve dealt with and built cars, specific different types of Corvettes and that sort of thing throughout my history and I knew I had the tools and the know-how to get it done.”
“It was a moment where I was kind of sitting around and I was probably insane and ‘ennnhhh it’s going to be easy’, so I went for it. I pulled the trigger and realized I was very wrong.”
Since starting the project in 2009 it hasn’t been an easy road but Lemke’s dream has finally come to fruition. At last year’s NAIAS he debuted the car as a concept called Mach 7 and it attracted a lot of interest. Many concept cars fail to go into production and remain a one-of-a-kind, but that wasn’t the case for Lemke – he saw an opportunity.
Close up look at the headlights (Aman Dhanoa)“It just started out of pure passion,” said Lemke. “It was a car that I felt was a missing market in the sports car segment and I wanted to fill it. For around the $200,000 mark, there wasn’t a car like this available. Most cars like this were well over $500,000 and I felt I could do it for less.”
And that’s exactly what he has done. At the cost of roughly $195-250,000 US, Falcon’s direct competition from other American supercars are the Saleen S7 (roughly $550,000) and the SSC Ultimate Aero ($650,000) – so the F7 is a bargain in comparison. Other exotic cars, such as models from Ferrari and Lamborghini are also priced well over the F7 and range from $200-600,000.
The first production car, VIN number 001, was on display at this year’s NAIAS has already been sold. The goal this year is to sell a total of 10-15 and 25 every year thereafter.
“We’re not looking for volume production here by any means,” said Verbrugghe. “We want to keep it in that certain competitive sector where there’s not too many people that have it, so it’s a wanted item still. That’s kind of where we want to be. This car kind of demands the respect from its driver so really it’s not for everyone.”
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