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Tesla vs Faraday Future: Should Elon Musk Be Worried?

8 January 2017, 11:01 am EST By Luan Chan Tech Times
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Tesla has already admitted its failure to deliver at least 80,000 Model X and Model S units — despite a 64 percent increase in production from 2015.

While the company is moving forward with innovations, its arch rival Faraday Future just unveiled the FF91 at CES 2017.

From the looks of it, the FF91 seems to be a worthy opponent of the Model X.

The FF91 boasts an array of impressive specifications and features, and Faraday Future claims it received more than 64,000 reservations for its FF91 only 36 hours after it was unveiled.

That number is significantly higher than Tesla's 50,557 vehicle deliveries in 2015.

If and when financially troubled Faraday Future finally gets its production line going, Tesla could find itself in a worrisome situation.

Faraday Future vs Tesla

It's not even a question anymore whether Faraday Future is challenging Tesla's design because the startup company has already made it clear in a teaser video released on Dec. 15 that its main competition for the FF91 — at least in terms of speed — are the Bentley Bentayga, Ferrari 488 GTB, and Tesla Model X P100D. If you haven't seen it, watch the video below.

The FF91 also seems to deliver on its promise of torque because, according to Andrew J. Hawkins from The Verge, the car was really so fast that it pushed him back onto his seat. After all, the FF91 can go from 0 to 60 mph in 2.39 seconds with the help of its 1,050 horsepower engine. Really impressive for an electric vehicle.

Should Elon Musk Be Worried?

Tesla already had a head start in the electric and autonomous vehicle race and — no matter how fast the FF91 is — without a proper production facility, which Faraday Future has yet to build, the competition is still virtually non-existent. 

That is not to say that Faraday Future has no chance in catching up since Tesla has also been slipping up on its production and delivery goals, especially in 2016. But Tesla already has the facilities and finances to continue and improve on its technologies.

Faraday Future, on the other hand, is currently in debt, facing lawsuits, and still only beginning to construct its $1 billion factory — construction that has already been stalled.

Not to mention that Faraday Future's FF91 did not actually compete with Tesla's fastest electric vehicle, the Model S P100D which, when upgraded with the Easter egg software update, could actually go from 0 to 60 in 2.4 seconds.

It will take some time before actual production for the FF91 can begin and, by the time it does, Tesla could already be well on its way to delivering the 500,000 car delivery goal for 2018.

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