When you think of American supercars, the Corvette C8, Dodge Viper and Ford GT all probably spring to mind.
But what about the Falcon 7?
The truth is, you’ve probably never heard of it, and there’s good reason why.
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The company behind the Falcon F7 claims it built only seven of the angry-looking supercars since “production” began around 2013 – and only a fraction made it to market.
So, what’s the story behind this ultra-rare supercar?
After 12 years of building composite body panels for Dodge Vipers, engineer and designer Jeff Lemke indulged his dream of building his very own supercar almost in his backyard.
In 2009, Lemke launched Falcon Motorsports in rural Holly, Michigan, about an hour outside of Detroit.
Three years later, the production-ready Falcon F7 was shown at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.
The rest – as they say – is history.
All the supercar fundamentals are here.
Underneath the carbon fiber and Kevlar composite body is a bespoke alumnium and Kevlar monocoque chassis carrying a modified 7.0-liter LS7 sourced from a C6 Corvette Z06, mated to a gated six-speed manual transaxle.
Upgraded guts from Lingenfelter, as well as a wickedly cool carbon fiber intake manifold, bump the Falcon F7’s base power up to 620hp and 585 lb-ft.
There was even an optional twin-turbo package available for the F7, nearly doubling that to a shopping 1,100hp.
Falcon claims a 0-60mph (0-97km/h) time of 3.3 seconds for the naturally-aspirated F7 and an eye-watering 2.7 seconds for the twin-turbo.
Be brave – or very, very stupid – and the Falcon F7 will break the 200mph (322km/h) barrier on its way to an unspecified top speed.
The F7’s interior is awash with leather upholstery contrasted by glossy exposed carbon fiber paneling, with bilet aluminum trim for much of the switchgear and gauge surrounds.
Ok, the finishing may not be as tight and cohesive as modern production supercarsd, but it’s not exactly a high-volume car.
So, how can you get your hands on one of these ultra-rare supercars? Not easily, by any means.
The last one to pop up for sale was back in 2021; a 2014 Falcon F7 finished in red with a black and tan leather interior.
It was equiped with 20-inch wheels, a removable roof panel, sports seats, a Kenwood CD player, and a JBL sound system.
With only 3,300 miles (5,311km) on the clock, the Falcon F7 is believed to have sold for around $122,000.