FFzero1

09.01.2016

After months of secrecy and speculation, Faraday Future's FFZero1 concept car was finally unveiled to the world this week.

The mysterious Chinese-backed firm described its creation as 'the most extreme iteration of what it can build', leaving many wondering how such a bizarre design would work in the real-world.

Speaking to DailyMail.com, chief designer Richard Kim has revealed that a production electric vehicle is currently being tested on the roads and said it will be revealed 'very soon'. 


Speaking to DailyMail.com, chief designer Richard Kim (pictured) has revealed that a production electric vehicle is currently being tested on the roads and said t will be revealed 'very soon'. And what's more, he claims the road vehicle will feature many of the concepts currently showcased on the FFZero1


Speaking to DailyMail.com, chief designer Richard Kim (pictured) has revealed that a production electric vehicle is currently being tested on the roads and said t will be revealed 'very soon'. And what's more, he claims the road vehicle will feature many of the concepts currently showcased on the FFZero1

THE FFZERO1: KEY FEATURES 

The 1,000-horsepower FFZero1 includes the ability to exceeed 200mph (321 kph) and accelerate from zero to 60mph in less than three seconds.

The adjustable chassis can accommodate strings of batteries that are more easily changed than single batteries. The number of batteries would depend on car size 

It also includes a helmet to provide oxygen and water to the driver. 

Meanwhile, 'aero tunnels' have been incorporated into the design to channel air through the vehicle to reduce drag and cool the batteries.

The battery-powered FFZero1 would project information over the driver's line of sight, the company said.

And what's more, he claims the road vehicle will feature many of the concepts currently showcased on the FFZero1.

The 1,000-horsepower FFZero1 includes the ability to exceeed 200mph (321 kph) and accelerate from zero to 60mph in less than three seconds.

It also includes a helmet to provide oxygen and water to the driver.  

'I promise the final model will have more than one seat, that’s for sure,' he said. 'If we take all of the FF design DNA and crank the volume on it, and amplify those elements there will be a relationship to what you see here.' 

For instance, Kim, who is also the designer behind the BMW i3 and i8, said the lighting elements and the instrument panel that looks as though it's floating will likely remain on the production car.

He also highlighted its teardrop shape and aerodynamic tunnels that allow air to flow through the car and cool the batteries, saying we could see a flavour of these elements in future models.

'These two shapes curl into two endless channels that allow air to flow effortlessly through the car. We think it’s a cool feature, it’s also aerodynamic. 

'If you have good cooling, and better aerodynamics, then you have better range.'

Central to that is a proprietary engineering platform model that supports a range of vehicle types, cutting back on development and production time. 

The adjustable chassis can accommodate strings of batteries that are more easily changed than single batteries. The number of batteries would depend on car size.

But Kim remained silent about when it would be unveiled. 'We’re not going into the exact date but very soon. Much shorter than your typical production cycle.'

On Monday, the company's senior vice president of research and development, Nick Sampson, says he expects the first production car to be produced in two years. 

Kim was also careful not to comment on the competition, claiming that what he is building is far more than just an electric car, he describes his work as creating an 'electric car eco-system'.

But he said he likes the description of the car as being a 'Tesla-killer' as well as references to it being like a 'Batmobile'.

'To be like the Batmobile is not a bad thing right?' he said. 'If Batman wants to drive this then tell him to come and talk to me.'
 

After months of secrecy and speculation, Faraday Future's FFZero1 concept car was finally unveiled to the world this week. The mysterious Chinese-backed firm described its creation as 'the most extreme iteration of what it can build', leaving many wondering how such a bizarre design would work in the real-world

After months of secrecy and speculation, Faraday Future's FFZero1 concept car was finally unveiled to the world this week. The mysterious Chinese-backed firm described its creation as 'the most extreme iteration of what it can build', leaving many wondering how such a bizarre design would work in the real-world

The 1,000-horsepower FFZero1 includes the ability to exceeed 200mph (321 kph) and accelerate from zero to 60mph in less than 3 seconds

The 1,000-horsepower FFZero1 includes the ability to exceeed 200mph (321 kph) and accelerate from zero to 60mph in less than 3 seconds

Faraday has been poaching talent from rivals such as Tesla and BMW. The company, based in Gardena, California, outside Los Angeles, now has more than 550 employees.

However, the road ahead may not be as smooth as the company claims. The Financial Times recently noted that Faraday Future's chief battery architect had left after 15 months in the role. 

The company is only 18 months old.  

Sampson denied that Faraday's main competitor would be Tesla, whose premium Model S electric vehicle has shaken up the traditional automaking industry.

 Like Tesla, Sampson said, Faraday will target buyers of luxury gasoline-powered cars to expand the still-tiny EV market in the United States.

'Thinking about us and Tesla squabbling over 1 percent of the market, it's not really part of the equation,' he said. 

Earlier this month, the firm announced plans to build a $1 billion plant near Las Vegas. 

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