Henrik Fisker may no longer be part of Fisker Automotive, but that doesn’t mean he’s done building cars.
At last weekend’s Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach, Calif., Henrik hinted about his future.
“I’m looking into starting a new company,” he said, as reported by USA Today. “There’s a whole new group of young people ready for the next thing.”
According to USA Today, he’s looking at connected cars as potentially the next big venture.
These days, bringing up Fisker can leave a bad taste in some people’s mouth. Software bugs and battery issues began plaguing the company’s plug-in Fisker Karma immediately after its launch. Weighed down in part by $168 million in outstanding federal loans and $1 million in back taxes, Fisker Automotive declared bankruptcy the following year.
But it should be remembered that before these controversies, Henrik Fisker put a beautiful plug-in hybrid on the road.
“Driving one for a week, we had opportunity to bask in an experience that’s part of why some pay for this echelon of car,” said HybridCars.com editor Jeff Cobb in his 2012 review of the Fisker Karma. “In a culture where you are often perceived by what you drive, showing up in a Karma is the next best thing to being some kind of star.”
Henrik described his hybrid as an “EVer”– Electric Vehicle with Extended Range. Two rear-mounted electric motors gave the sports car an EV range of 25 to 50 miles. These motors were reinforced by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four cylinder engine, which was built by General Motors.
“Fisker’s Karma is well-designed, one of the best looking cars on the road, and its existence is remarkable considering obstacles that have had to be overcome,” Cobb wrote.
At the moment, it doesn’t appear that Henrik is letting his past troubles hold him back. His recent automotive efforts include a collaboration with a Los Angeles Ford dealer to create the Fisker Rocket: a modified Ford Mustang with a supercharged 725 horsepower engine and unique body styling.
While there’s no further detail on Henrik’s upcoming plans, it’s certain that any car he releases will be turning heads.