Though we (and everyone else) thought California-based, Chinese-funded Faraday Future would bite the dust before building its much-touted EV prototype, they came through at CES 2017 with the FF91 luxury EV, and it's pretty crazy... at least in terms of purported stats. The FF91 is the company's very first automobile, and it pulled off the debut in fine fashion and to the flashes of hundreds of cameras and smartphones in Las Vegas last night.
Here are the important details of the new EV:
- The FF91 is a prototype that's close to production status and based on Faraday Future's modular Variable Platform Architecture (VPA) technology and incorporates crossover-like styling with an aggressive stance and a sleek greenhouse.
- The prototype actually has a multi-motor drivetrain with a whopping 1,050 horsepower. The FF91 will go from zero to 60 mph in 2.39 seconds, conveniently 1/100th of a second faster than the Tesla Model S P100D and quicker than most supercars.
- The FF91's power comes from a 130-kWh lithium-ion battery pack that gives the FF91 a total maximum driving range of 378 miles. It even comes with an onboard quick charger that replenishes the battery pack in less than an hour. The battery was jointly developed by Faraday Future and LG Chem, and it's supposedly the world's densest automotive battery.
- The cabin was designed around the rear passengers, and the seats were inspired by NASA with high reclining angles, and the windows dim by touching them.
- The FF91 has a facial recognition camera on the B-pillar that automatically unlocks the door and makes a car key obsolete. It also has best-in-class high-speed internet connectivity, even when in motion.
- The FF91 may have full-autonomous capabilities as indicated by the rising Lidar sensor in the hood and two sensors in the roof.
Interested customers can put down a refundable $5,000 deposit, though no actual MSRP has been stated. Rumor has it that the cost will be somewhere between $150,000 and $200,000, a pretty big range. Production will start in 2018, but it's hard to say whether or not that will come to fruition based on the recent news of executive-level departures and overspending.
For a closer look at the FF91, take a look at the launch video below: