Move aside Ferrari. Die, you naturally aspirated Lamborghini – for electric is the future and in this eerily silent, dark world of future performance cars, Tesla, Apple and dare we say, Faraday Future are the brands that form the fantasy world of the driver-geeks. Wait, Faraday what? Even we would have asked that question till yesterday, but with the advent of the CES, the secretive California based automaker has reared its head, and it looks ominous!
Faraday Future unveiled its first concept vehicle, the FFZero1 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Monday night. Christened the FFZero1, the single seat, all-electric concept is touted to pack in 1000 horsepower, no less! It is claimed to sprint to 100km/h from a standstill in less than three seconds and is supposedly capable of breaching the 200mph mark. Currently in a no-holds barred concept form, the ambitious new car which would get a more watered down avatar upon launch is expected to become a reality in less than two years.
Faraday Future’s concept specifications state that the car is made of innovative carbon fiber and lightweight composite materials. It gets a quartet of advanced high-performance racing suspension all around to stay glued to the tar while putting down all of its 1000 horses on to the tar via four electric motors. Visually, the FFZero1 is characterized by what the company calls the “UFO line” that runs around the center of the vehicle and is intended to give the sense that this vehicle is not completely of this world.
To apportion the power and torque to the four wheels in the best way possible, the FFZero1 employs advanced vehicle dynamic control and torque vectoring. Also, to ensure that it tries to earn a tag of being eco-friendly, even as it lavishly uses those thousand ponies to thrust its slender frame forward, it boasts radically reduced drag and battery cooling through aero tunnel design.
On the inside, the FFZero1 has space only for a single occupant with space age, newly developed materials all around. The Farday Future FFZero1 boasts an extremely user-centric design integrated with the epicentre of the modern information – the Smartphone. The FFZERO1 can adapt itself to the driver’s needs and preferences seamlessly and can transfer vehicle configuration to other cars via the smartphone in a flash.
The FFZero1 integrates the smartphone into the steering column, representing the unification of technology and automotive engineering. This setup is meant to enable the smartphone to serve as the interface between the vehicle and the driver inside and outside of the car.
The FFZERO1 Concept’s white interior gets a carbon fiber finish. It represents a pure, clean and quiet electric ambience. FF claims that the interior is inspired by NASA research. According to the official release, “the single-seat configuration offers a comfortable, weightless body position, holding the driver at a perfect 45-degree angle, thereby helping to promote circulation”.
The propeller-shaped, asymmetric instrument panel is a theme that will be incorporated into the future FF design DNA. The panel runs seamlessly into a unique Halo Safety System with integrated head and neck support, oxygen, and water supply fed to the driver through a prototype helmet. The system could also gather biometric data about its driver.
The platform (VPA)
The company’s first ever concept, the FFZERO1 is built upon FF’s Variable Platform Architecture (VPA). All future FF production vehicles will be based on the VPA platform. In its quest to rule the electric supercar world which is almost imminent, FF has announced a strategic cooperation with Letv that will enable it to benefit from its expertise in content and technology. Letv is a Chinese company in the business of flat screen TVs, smartphones, tablets, PCs, theater, and now, electric vehicles.
The streamlined production capabilities of the VPA allows FF to reduce manufacturing time and cost. The skateboard-style chassis can be adjusted for different lengths and resultantly, vehicles of different sizes can be easily created on the platform. There design also offers structural benefits such as larger crumple zones for better safety by centralizing and protecting the battery pack.
The VPA also incorporates various motor configurations. Ranging from a one-motor to three-motor configurations, it is possible to modify vehicle characteristics, including rear-, front- or all-wheel drive systems, extended range options and various power outputs, all utilizing the same chassis architecture.
The road ahead
FF will now invest $1 billion in the construction of a 3 million square foot state of the art, environmentally conscious manufacturing facility in North Las Vegas. The company will break ground on this phase one investment in the next few weeks, and ultimately employ 4,500 people.
“What we’ve announced illustrates the strength of our team, vision, partnerships and speed. We’re a forward-thinking company focused on the future of mobility, but we also share a passion for driving and performance,” said Nick Sampson, SVP, R&D and Product Development, FF. “On our platform, electric vehicles will not only deliver on sustainability, but will be seamlessly connected and exhilarating to drive.”
Should Tesla be worried? We don’t know, but the concept looks promising without a doubt!
Oh, and did we tell you, we absolutely love that wickedly clever logo of the company which forms a rocket with the two Fs. We sure see Tesla within FFs crosshairs! Check out the image gallery of the stunning new concept below