Super-fast, electric car shakes up the automotive market
04 January 2017
Faraday Future (FF) unveils perhaps the fastest, self-driving electric car on the market, capable of reaching 0-60mph in 2.39 seconds.
Faraday Future revealed FF 91, its first production vehicle, at an exclusive event prior to the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Built upon the company’s Variable Platform Architecture (VPA), FF 91 represents a new breed of electric mobility that combines supercar performance, precise handling, the comfort of an ultra-luxury passenger vehicle, and a novel collection of intelligent internet features.
The new performance
FF’s proprietary VPA is a flexible powertrain system featuring a monocoque vehicle structure in which the chassis and body are a single form – providing measurable improvements in overall vehicle rigidity, safety and handling. An available all-wheel drive system offers greater traction, control and precise power distribution. The VPA also houses class-leading battery technology, multiple motor and battery configurations, as well as the company’s first patent: the FF Echelon Inverter.
FF 91’s powertrain features a multi-motor setup, enabling real-time torque vectoring to the rear wheels. This technology delivers superior acceleration, safety while leveraging rear-wheel steering for agile cornering, allowing drivers to confidently execute manoeuvres like merging onto motorways or accelerating out of dangerous scenarios. Peak motor power is 783kW, equating to 1050 HP, delivering a record-breaking 0-60mph time of 2.39 seconds.
FF 91’s battery technology doesn’t sacrifice range for performance. Outfitted with a 130kWh battery, FF 91 achieves a range of 378 miles (EPA est.) and over 700km (NEDC est.) from the world’s highest energy density battery, engineered in partnership with LG Chem. FF 91 also has the fastest charge speed currently available, with the ability to charge at more than 500 miles per hour. The home charger, included with the vehicle, achieves 50 percent to full charge in under 4.5 hours at 240V.
Next-generation connectivity, seamless personalisation
Through its strategic partnership with LeEco, FF 91 offers the ultimate in-car connectivity. FF EcoSystem integrates users’ digital lives into FF 91, giving access to the apps and content, while learning user’s preferences over time to create a smarter, more personalised experience.
FF is also introducing advanced facial recognition technology – called Arrival Interface – allowing drivers and passengers to unlock the car without a key. A camera installed in the B-pillar between front and back seats can accurately identify the user’s face to grant vehicle entry. Similarly, interior cameras use this technology to recognise users and automatically adjust interior settings to their preferences. FF 91 can not only recognise faces, but also facial expressions and moods it uses to auto-prompt an experience to match, using music, temperature, scent, content, massage and more. Users’ facial recognition data is saved natively and securely in the vehicle.
In addition to adjusting interior preferences via facial recognition or mobile device connectivity, FF 91 is the first car where you don’t need a key. The keyless welcoming system recognises users as they approach the vehicle, greets users by opening the door and proactively adjusting to customised FFID settings inside. Similarly, the FFCTRL app allows users to customise and control their in-vehicle experience, get real time vehicle status reports, summon your vehicle, and more.
FF 91 will be the first production vehicle to feature retractable 3D lidar, a critical component to FF’s multi-layer redundancy features for autonomous driving. Lidar is part of a complex sensor system including 10 high definition cameras, 13 long and short range radars and 12 ultrasonic sensors. FF 91 possesses more sensors compared to other vehicles, and computing power to quickly extract data from all those sensors and correct driving decisions.
The Driverless Valet parking feature enables FF 91 to park itself after the driver has exited the vehicle. Powered by the FFCTRL app, drivers can also summon the vehicle from its parking spot or schedule a pick up at a desired time and location. Today, the system is capable of parking FF 91 in private parking lots and roads. As legislation advances to allow for public use of this technology, FF 91 will be able to park itself anywhere users go.
Starting now FF will start accepting reservations for FF 91 through the company’s newly redesigned website, FF.com. Reservations are approximately £4072 ($5,000) and are fully refundable. The first 300 orders will have the option to upgrade their reservation in March 2017 to join an exclusive launch series, the Alliance Edition.
The production of FF 91 is planned to start in 2018.