FFZero1: 1000 horsepower electric car from outer space

  • Jan 09, 2016
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Faraday Future, an upcoming electric car manufacture based in US has just revealed its halo product, the FFZero1 concept hypercar with 1,000 horsepower, capable of reaching 100 km/hr in under three seconds and can go on to touch 320 km/hr. Richard Kim, Head of Global Design, took the stage to take the wraps off the FFZero1 at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) Las Vegas, US. This time, news of what happened in Vegas is going to spread around like wildfire.

The company likes to call it 'the car of concepts' instead of 'the concept of a car' as it has been created from the ground up, rethinking what a car should be, in terms of form and function. The company itself is working on electric cars that are going to be radically different from what we drive today. If Tesla is the future, then this is a glimpse of what's beyond future.

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The idea comes from thinking of making a car if we had no cars to take inspiration from. Re-imagining what a car is supposed to do and how it would do that. A similar approach was taken up by Apple when working on its first iPhone. Apple did that when the market was dominated by phones with buttons and phones with lots of buttons. Today, it's difficult for a phone maker to survive without having touchscreen phones in its portfolio.


The concept was first teased by FF on December 22 on its YouTube channel, which was followed by a handful of videos spilling the beans on January 4.

FFZero1 Concept Video:


360° view of the cockpit:


The car's exteriors are a mix of matte and gloss panels and the interiors are all-white to reflect the sense of purity on the inside. The seats have been designed based on research done by NASA regarding the most ergonomic driving position in zero-gravity and is angled at 45° for unparalleled comfort. The entire instrument panel is asymmetric and angled around the driver and the driver controls are all-digital using the drive-by-wire technology. The spine of driver's seat incorporates the 'Halo Safety System' and offers head and neck support. The same safety system also offers water and oxygen supply to the driver channeled through the helmet, which is developed in-house by FF and is currently in prototype stage.

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Kim says that the connectivity and customisation that the car will offer leaves climate control and memory seats in the dust. The vehicle will have self-learning abilities and will adapt to different settings once the driver's smartphone is docked in the steering. The connected smartphone will also allow controlling the car's functions and accessing information about the car. The entire interaction with the car's secondary controls will be with pinches, swipes and touch gestures; something we're all too familiar with.

There are tunnels through the car that not only aid in aerodynamics but also help with cooling of batteries and electric motors, thereby minimising power consumption. Such design elements would be impossible to incorporate in a regular internal combustion car.

The car itself, is built on the Variable Platform Architecture (VPA), which allows the manufacturer to accommodate varying shapes and sizes of cars with different wheelbases. The platform and its crumble zones can be lengthened or shortened to add or remove strings of batteries and allows to add anything from one to four motors to power the wheels. This platform can then be used to make platforms for vehicles of varying lengths. This not only saves time but is also cost effective.

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The company's Senior Vice President of R&D, Nick Sampson, declared that the development is moving at a staggering pace and a production-ready model would be available in couple of years. According to Nick, the company is growing at an extraordinary speed and has reached a strength of 750 employees within a span of 18 months. The company too appears to be in good hands with Nick himself having experience working with Tesla, Lotus and Jaguar. FF's Head of Marketing, Stacy Morris too has previously worked with BMW. FF has pledged $1 billion to build the 3 million square feet production facility in Nevada.

Faraday Future's project is funded by China's LeTV, which has been referred to as 'Netflix of China' by TechCrunch. During the reveal, LeTV's co-founder, Ding Lei confirmed his involvement in the project.


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