Henrik Fisker Seeks To Bring Back Classic Car Emotions Via EVs – Video

AUG 21 2016 BY MARK KANE 14

Henrik Fisker, who several years ago designed the Fisker Karma hasn’t abandon his dream of bringing back emotions from the classic car era to today.

Henrik Fisker With Karma

Henrik Fisker With Karma

One of the ways to return that feeling is by jumping on the electrification wave via the endless queue of start-ups.

Now, the original Fisker Karma design, after some minor tweaks lives on as Karma Revero by Karma Automotive.

Given the longevity of his first EV design (and plans by Karma to build his second – the Atlantic), it would be interesting to see some new plug-in designs from Henrik Fisker’s pen.

Henrik Fisker Sees Electricity Recharging Classic Cars

Henrik Fisker, former chairman and chief executive officer at Henrik Fisker Group, discusses how classic cars have evolved through the years and the positive impact electric vehicle technology can have on the revitalizing classic automobiles. He speaks with Bloomberg’s Hannah Elliott on “Bloomberg Markets.” (Source: Bloomberg)”

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14 Comments on "Henrik Fisker Seeks To Bring Back Classic Car Emotions Via EVs – Video"

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Henrik moved us with his slinky, sleek Karma. It’s demise was in part due to poor execution of the details like quality. Yes, the decision to go with A123 semed the kill shot, engine fires and super storm Sandy just finished it off. The performance of a sporty looking car has to answer the promise of a car that looks fast – and we all can name sexy looking cars that were dogs 0-60mph (hello, Cadillac ELR!}. Those seem to be the laughing stock cars in history that flopped in the showroom. I bought one as my first new car when I was 21 years old, it was a 1st Gen Honda Prelude. That car looked sporty but had the tiny engine and soft suspension of the Civic. Now nobody remembers that little car, and Honda had to reinvent the Prelude and give it respectable performance (remember all wheel steering?). Cars like the Karma are like marrying a super model and finding out she doesn’t put out! We all know people loved Henrik’s design so much, they gutted the car and started over. One approach stuffs a Corvette V-8 under the good, another, a re- engineered PHEV. I hope Henrik… Read more »

Yes but James , in this video he seems he is proposing bringing back classic car lines and marrying them with an electric power train. I agree he made nice looking-albeit impractical cars– but how is he going to bring back a classic car “look”.

I think it’s an interesting idea but for some reason I think of a fiberglass kit car like a Cobra with an electric power train.

That doesn’t work for me I’d want a Cobra with a killer ICE.

….but maybe this guy that has designed some nice looking cars can do it. He is creative enough.

ELR a DOG? The performance emphasized Car & Driver magazine said the car’s performance felt much better than the cold stats otherwise indicated. They attach great importance to the overall performance of every car they test, and if they were impressed, excuse me, who are you to challenge them?

Car & Driver had the SOLE review that mentioned how expensive and performance enhancing the passive suspension in the car is, apparently not noticed by the self-appointed big experts.

I own an ELR. Its performance is excellent. I suspect critics of this exceptional machine have never driven one.

+1 !

Bill, I’m not sure if you’re a “car guy”, or a converted car guy who now is an EV enthusiast – or not. But as a car guy with a few years under my belt, I’ve been around long enough to see a good number of white elephants sail under the bridge. There is no doubt the ELR was an interesting vehicle to anyone that appreciates all sorts of wheels. For me – a car guy who converted to EV enthusiast, I can tell you that just being interesting doesn’t make ELR a success in any arena. It’s a beautiful design, best suited for a rear wheel drive sports coupe. Here is a car from history you may remember. Lots of folks swooned over it’s looks too. Oddly, it was built in 1966, and also weighed over 5,000 lbs.. Oddly, it was also designed by a reknowned auto stylist, and ironically was also front-wheel drive. It also did 0-60mph in about 7.5 seconds —- IN NINETEEN SIXTY-SIX!!! The Toronado didn’t sell well at all – there weren’t enough people who wanted an executive 757 ( Trump ) that was more looker and cruiser than mover and shaker. Like the Fisker… Read more »

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If all you can contribute to discussions here is false facts and swearwords (many of your posts seem to have ’em), don’t bother.

Henrik Fisker was never a Tesla employee.
Tesla sued Fisker Automotive (the company, not the person), claiming its parent company (which was co-founded by Henrik Fisker) stole development they did for Tesla to use in their own car. The lawsuit was settled, and Tesla Tesla was ordered to pay >$1M in legal fees (that is, they lost).

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Reasonable & very doable ! Cheers

Meh. Go away. Just run a design shop.

You just do swoopy curves . . . not real engineering.

Rite On!~

What is classic car design? It means something a bit different to everyone. For example, is the 1938 Duesenberg, an example of classic design? It’s a classic, but we won’t be making any anytime soon.

The thrust though that the new ev power-train will allow for more design flexibility is valid, though, it seems hard to improve on the skateboard feature for battery placement.

Everyone has their strong points. Mr. Fisker brings a refreshing viewpoint – I disagree that he wants to take an ‘old design’ and put batteries in it. I got he gist of what he was saying, to let the more easily reshuffled batteries allow brand new styling attempts. This is his forte – the original Karma was the most popular car at the Buffalo Auto Show years ago. It was big and beautiful, and for a phev, Bested the Volt at the time. I almost bought one. Quality wise, the only real problems I saw was the very early models would need to be towed, and the one unforgiveable mistake was not fusing the radiator fan electric motor, which caused a few fires. I say unforgiveable since most 10 year olds know you need to fuse things. At mechanically inclined ones. Mr. Fisker should hire a few trusted people to take care of (what is to him) mundane mechanical details, and concentrate at what he clearly excells, namely designing beautiful cars. I test drive a Karma twice – almost bought it. – Plenty of room inside and was a great ride, and as mentioned, a real looker of a car.… Read more »

Dodged a bullet on that one.