This article is brought to you by the letter “F”. A well utilised alphabet in the motoring world. Apart from the word “Fast”, “Ferrari”, and to a certain extent, “Fiat”, we have another important entry that starts with it. We are talking about “Faraday Future”, a new EV Hypercar that could make Tesla watch quietly from their little corner.
Faraday Future has just unveiled the FFZERO1 concept at the 2016 Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas. This 1,000hp EV is capable of hitting 0-100km/h under three seconds with a claimed top speed of over 320km/h. It is propelled by four ‘quad core’ motors and uses a customizable battery string technology.
The shape of this car clearly suggests that it is inspired by prototype race cars, with its exterior designed with aerodynamic wizardry in mind. There are aero tunnels directing air through the car, increasing traction and at the same time cooling down electric powertrain.
On the inside, augmented reality displays will be projected onto the windscreen. Just like a jet fighter, the driver’s helmet will receive Oxygen and water tubes from ports in the seat, probably suggesting this concept car could go as fast as an F-16 jet fighter hitting Mach 1 in the sky. Probably.
Unfortunately, we might not able to see the FFZERO1 dashing onto track action, as Faraday Future revealed this single-seater gizmo in four wheels will not be made into production. Instead, they are taking this chance to provide glimpses of its technology and design language chosen in the company’s future products. In this concept, the company is previewing its unique Variable Platform Architecture (VPA) technology.
One of VPA’s ingenuity is flexibility on creating multiple platforms of EV cars regardless if it is two-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive configurations. Faraday Future cars are also designed with autonomous driving in mind, re-imagine and re-define a concept for mobility.
The Los Angeles company has been backed by massive investment from the Chinese and has 750 employees worldwide. The company attracted talents from Google, Apple, NASA, BMW, Jaguar, Tesla, and even the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to reinvent the automotive industry. The company is focused on connecting the world via a safe and an environment-friendly way of motoring.
We have entered 2016, but gutted to see the flying cars as envisioned in the Back to the Future Part 2 is nothing but fantasy, having to know the future of motoring based with Faraday Future’s concept does suggest the future of motoring is promising indeed.