Watch out, Tesla. A fellow Californian company has revealed the FFZERO1, an all-electric concept that promises insane performance and futuristic looks.
The Faraday Future FFZERO1 Concept – unveiled at the CES 2016 tech show in Las Vegas – is said to have ‘four quad core motors with over 1,000hp’, a top speed beyond 200mph and a 0-62mph time of fewer than three seconds.
If those figures seem generous, let’s remember the Tesla Model S in its dual motor Performance form can reach 62mph in around three seconds and that’s with only 691hp and two electric motors.
Still unconvinced? Faraday Future has only been around since 2014 but already it has attracted some electric car heavyweights, including Nick Sampson – the man once responsible for vehicle and chassis engineering at Tesla.
Other Tesla employees are in the Faraday Future roster, in addition to ex-BMW i3 and i8 lead designer Richard Kim.
Then there’s the funding, which is provided by Chinese media streaming company Letv and its billionaire owner Jia Yueting. In other words, there’s seemingly plenty of it.
What’s interesting about the FFZERO1 Concept is the fact its modular platform – known as ‘Variable Platform Architecture’ – is highly adaptable. For instance, stretching the centre section would improve interior space.
This means the platform could be used for hatchbacks and saloons (see 1:10 in the YouTube video after these very words for a hint at something more family-friendly) and not just the racey number seen above.
It’s no surprise, then, the company is said to be looking to invest £700million into a design and production facility in Las Vegas, which would potentially allow for mass production.
Sadly there’s no word on the range or price of any Faraday Future vehicle, but it seems multiple configurations will be available, including a triple-motor monster with all-wheel drive. Autonomous driving has also been touted.
Supposedly a car will be launched in 2017 so we have a while to wait to see if there is more to this Tesla rival than hype and unproven promises.