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Holly-built exotic car could appear in Back to the Bricks

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(08/13/12) - While most of the cars seen in Back to the Bricks are classic oldies, there's one that's the muscle car of the future. It's one of a kind and it was built in Mid-Michigan. It's the Falcon Motorsports F7.

A throaty growl tells you this is no ordinary car. The F7 is powered by the General Motors-built LS-7, the same engine that has gone into many Corvettes. But with some clever improvements, it's been tweaked to 620 horsepower. The car's top end is around 200 miles an hour.

"It's a very fast car, very high performance. The drive, handling and brakes are very race car- like," said Jeff Lemke of Falcon Motorsports.

What's it like to drive the F7? Well, it's a lot of fun, but you have to respect the machine. The acceleration is unbelievable. While I obeyed all the speed limits in Holly, I could tell there was an incredible amount of power waiting to be unleashed.

It looks the combination of a 'vette, a Ford GT-40, a Dodge Viper and a Ferrari. The carbon fiber styling exotic. The front end can be raised with hydraulics to clear bumps on the road and then lowered for high speed runs.

"People get real excited when they see the car. It's an enthusiasm you can't even describe," Lemke said.

Lemke brought a prototype to Back to the Bricks last year and got a great response. The car also got a lot a buzz at the auto show in Detroit in January.

"The enthusiastic response is something I couldn't have imagined being any bigger," Lemke said.

A second F7 is being assembled.

"These are all going to be hand-built right there in Holly. We have more chassis coming in and they're slowly being built," Lemke said.

This one has been sold to a New York man for $225,000.

"The gentleman who purchased this car purchased that one. He's bought two of them," Lemke said.

While some F7s could see action on local race tracks, others could end up being used for Sunday drives.

And then there's another group of people that will simply put them in their high profile garage and just look at them, Lemke said.

For more information on the F7, click here.
 

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