The 1,000-Horsepower Faraday Future Concept Car Goes Beyond Full Throttle
It looks like the automotive standout of CES 2016 in Las Vegas so far is purportedly faster than the fastest electric car on record and a dead ringer for the Batmobile to boot. The car company Farady Future unveiled its concept electric car the FFZero1 at the electronics conference on Jan. 4, and it looks like it's already making waves (or burning tar, depending on whether you prefer car metaphors).
The FFZero1 might possibly derive its name from its speedy capabilities: in abstract, the electric de facto racer can go from zero to 60 seconds in under three seconds (hence the "Zero" to one), and can get up to 200 mph on an engine that runs on 1,000-horsepower with the help of four motors. (To put it in perspective: in 2008, the average car ran on about 222-horsepower.)
The Batmobile comparisons the EV has garnered aren't entirely off-base: its sleek design, white carbon fiber interior, winged look, and black paint job make it look like the paradigmic luxury car for any nighttime vigilante. And despite its high speeds, the concept vehicle comes with its own safety net, including a built-in helmet and a Halo Safety System.
While the California-based company has kept its product under wraps up until now, two variables have remained constant: it's set for a 2017 release, and its already being considered a major competitor for the automotive and energy storage powerhouse Tesla Motors, which also has a reputation as the electric luxury car manufacturer to beat.
The company teased the electric concept vehicle five days before its CES debut, confirming that its presentation was already filled to capacity.
— Faraday Future (@FaradayFuture) December 30, 2015
@maxkava Unfortunately our event is already very much over capacity.— Faraday Future (@FaradayFuture) December 30, 2015
Despite the car's highly-anticipated reveal and popularity at CES, the car's stat's aren't exactly set in stone. As The Verge pointed out, it's not like you can test out a concept model, and it might never become a reality: the company has hinted that it might get a limited production run.
Even if that's the case, the end-game might not matter as much as the conceptual introduction itself, or rather, the platform it's based on, called the Variable Platform Architecture, as Faraday's R&D engineering senior vice president Nick Sampson told The Verge.
"That platform is done on a very modular and flexible basis such that we can change the size of the platform," said Sampson, who then listed the customizable options in size and power from battery packs to "battery architecture."
"The underlying story is all about the platform that's being built," he added.
Learn more about the FFZero1 in the video below.
Via: The Verge
Source: Faraday Future