The highlight of attending the Goodwood Festival of Speed last week weren’t any of the cars, but my talk with Henrik Fisker who walked me around the Ocean electric SUV and also shared information on two upcoming models: the affordable Pear and the sporty Ronin four-door convertible.
Our main conversation topic was the Ocean, which is set to enter production in November of this year. It will be manufactured by Magna-Steyr in Austria, and given this manufacturer’s track record (it builds the I-Pace for Jaguar, for instance), the level of quality should be good – I was not able to examine the prototype on display since they said they did not open it at Goodwood.
We also talked about the sporty Ronin four-door convertible, and I asked how they were going to keep a vehicle like that torsionally stiff without a roof. He did not want to say what technique will be employed, but the vehicle is promised to have excellent sporty handling characteristics.
What I got out of the conversation was that Mr. Fisker was very confident in the Ocean’s success, as he believes it has a combination of unique design, sustainability and know-how behind it to make it work. He also mentioned that Fisker doesn’t want to rehash other automaker’s designs and that the company is striving to offer something new, which is why all the new Fiskers revealed are slightly quirky in some way.
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