China-backed, California-based electric car startup Faraday Future was going to reveal a Tesla-rivaling model, but it turns out they have their sights set on something far more exclusive
In spite of previous rumors that suggested China-backed, California-based electric car startup Faraday Future was going to reveal a Tesla-rivaling model, it turns out they have their sights set on something far more exclusive.
The vehicle it showed off at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016 in Las Vegas won’t be a sedan aimed at the Model S, but something more akin to a Koenigsegg Regera than anything else… or a top tier Le Mans prototype. They call it FFZero01.
The reason for building it was not so much to preview a Regera rival, but more as a showcase of its underpinnings’ modularity. Apparently, the idea came about when it was realized that the platform they were developing for a more conventional family-oriented EV could also be easily adapted to be used in something as daring and fast as this supercar study.
Power is alleged to come from a quad-motor setup, with a power unit at each corner adding up to a total in excess of 1,000 hp; sixty should come up in well under three seconds with this kind of power.
Faraday Future gets its money from China and it is believed “senior Tesla” who have since left the company are also in on the act. Some reports suggest that in its first year and a half of operation, the firm already employs 750 people.
Finally, the teaser released to show off the FFZero01 (third video) also reveals the style of vehicle they will actually be making – an outline of a crossover / hatchback is shown towards the end of the video and it’s probably the car they actually want to sell.