It’s finally here. The unveiling of Faraday Future’s FFZERO1 Concept vehicle. Faraday Future is California-based electric car company that’s been operating in stealth mode for more than a year and now, it made its first big step on the eve of CES with the unveiling of its high-performance concept car.
FFZERO1 to have 1,000 horsepower and to hit from 0-60 in less than 3 seconds
With a top speed over 200 miles per hour, the machine looks more appropriate for a race track than a city street. Of course, this is just a concept so those numbers are all purely, though the company teases that it could see “limited production.”
This engineering marvel was born from humble beginnings: Head of Global Design Richard Kim, saw a daydream-driven sketch of a team member. This rendering of an ultramodern, high-performance electric vehicle resonated with him – he realized that it could be crafted with the same unique technologies that Faraday Future was already pursuing.
Richard showed the sketch to Nick Sampson, SVP of R&D and Engineering, and they both were immediately captivated with its unique potential. Sampson, with his experience in engineering sports performance cars said that they should build that on their platform.
Faraday Future’s engineering team wanted to experiment with their new Variable Platform Architecture (VPA), a unique system developed only for electric vehicles that combines extensive modularity with structural stability.
Its dynamic and endlessly adaptable design makes the FFZERO1 so groundbreaking.
The chassis can be contracted or extended depending on the vehicle’s needs. You can adjust the number of stored batteries, which are arranged in so-called “strings.” Subtracting or adding battery strings will modify the car’s energy efficiency, potential weight, and travel distance off a single charge. This VPA offers maximum efficiency and with minimal environmental impact.
This philosophy of “inside out” design is on full display in the FFZERO1 Concept.
Every aspect of the vehicle was shaped around the needs of a single driver. The “inside out” design allows us to focus on the driver and passengers’ interior experience and safety first, while optimizing the physical arrangement of the car’s unseen systems second. This passenger-centric design language will be incorporated into our future production vehicles.
The driver’s seat was inspired by NASA ‘zero gravity’ design, offering reduced driver fatigue and an unparalleled sense of weightlessness. The car will offer a singularly relaxing, rejuvenating experience with every ride.
The aerodynamic tunnel that runs through the center of the car’s body decreases drag. Decreasing drag provides higher top speeds, better power efficiency, and optimal motor battery and cooling. For the driver’s personal mobile device, the steering wheel offers a hub, that allows the driver to customize configurations, modify power outputs, and also provides real time data visualization and interaction.
Faraday Future is not a race car company but the process of designing the FFZERO1 Concept was an essential proof of concept for the technologies they are developing. They see the FFZERO1 Concept as a “car of concepts” – an epithet of their design and engineering vision, impassioned collaboration and aspirational values.