Officially unveiled at the CES 2016, in Las Vegas, the FFZERO1 is the first car concept created by Faraday Future, a California-based company financed by Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting, which was founded 18 months ago and has since stayed on the down-low. The brand was created in order to revolutionize the automotive industry and compete in the market for hybrid and electric vehicles with Tesla.
The FFZERO1 is a high performance electric vehicle concept with 1,000 horsepower generated by four motors. According to the automaker, it can go from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 3 seconds. Impressive, but this is only in theory, since we are talking about a prototype, that they showed no intention of bringing to the consumer market. In fact, the company is more interested in creating a new platform and attract more investors.
For now, the company is working to make the architecture on which the EV concept was built viable. The vehicle is built on FF’s Variable Platform Architecture (VPA), which employs a good deal of carbon fiber and aluminum and allows the batteries to be positioned in the center of the base.
“The modular platform can be changed in physical size using a very easy technique. The battery pack has been architected in a way that enables different size battery packs to be quickly and easily used,” Nick Sampson, Faraday’s vice president of research and development, told Tech Insider. “Having designed, developed, and engineered one element of it, you practically replicate that element a number of times as we want bigger and bigger packs. This is different to how everybody is currently doing it.”
Future models of the brand will also feature front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, thanks to the electric motors positioned on each wheel. In addition, the company claims that this platform will eventually result in autonomous electric cars. What they are proposing to actually bring to the marker is very similar to Tesla, except that the Elon Musk’s company is already established, has years of experience and now very close to bringing their EV’s to the consumer.