The 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has opened its doors in Vegas and the star of the show is undoubtedly Faraday Future’s radically-designed FFZERO1 EV concept car. The car looks impressive and the specs are promising: the company claims an output of over 1,000 hp, a zero-to-hundred sprint time of less than three seconds, and a top speed of more than 320 km/h. Bring on Tesla.
As engaging as it sounds, the FFZERO1 remains as a concept until FF’s recently-announced $1-billion factory in North Las Vegas is completed. The car also serves as a testbed and parallel study for the company’s future electric vehicles.
According to the company, the car sits on a Variable Platform Architecture (VPA), which will be used to underpin its future models. The platform utilises a battery structure that is arranged into what the company calls “strings”. Adding or removing these “strings” allows FF to change the overall battery capacity and develop new wheelbases. The flexibility of the VPA also enables the company to configure various motor setups, front-, rear- or all-wheel-drive, as well as varying extended range capabilities and system output.
In terms of design, the FFZERO1 looks very much like a Le Mans race car of the future. It uses lots of carbon fibre and lightweight composite materials, and features a large integrated tailfin at the back and air tunnels at the front, both of which will be vital to reduce drag, improve efficiency and not to mention cool down the batteries and motors.
The FFZERO1 is a single-seater so every element of the interior is built around the driver’s form for an intuitive control, the company says. The seat reclines at 45 degrees and is inspired by NASA’s zero gravity design for reduced driver fatigue and, we quote, “sense of weightlessness”. There is an open top steering wheel, which can be integrated with the driver’s smartphone for a number of functions including remote vehicle setup, customised configurations as well as real-time data visualisation.
We have some videos below so you make sure you watch them to learn more about this razor sharp electric car. You can also download the Faraday Future Concept app to your iOS and Android devices the explore the FFZERO1 in 3D.