Faraday Future has unveiled its high-tech electric FF 91 SUV. Interested parties can place a $5,000 (refundable) deposit on the car right now with it going into production in 2018. With an range of 378 miles (it has a 130kWh pack), all-wheel drive, all wheel turning and 1,050 horsepower it's clearly got the Telsa Model 3 in its sights. In addition to going really fast (zero to 60 in 2.39) and having a long rang, the FF 91 is filled with displays, cameras and seats that recline like a first class airline. The company has also followed the weird doors without going full gullwing with rear suicide-doors and a Lidar puck that pops up from the hood when the FF 91 is in autonomous mode.
Under the new agreement, announced today at a Formula E London ePrix event, the team name will become Faraday Future Dragon Racing Formula E (quite the mouthful) and will commence at the start of Formula E's third season in October. In the first year, both teams will work on developing "key technology software solutions to maximize performance capabilities within the powertrain," with Faraday engineers giving special consideration to the overall drivetrain performance, data acquisition and analytics. The idea is to "improve vehicle simulation models," which can better predict vehicle performance and boost efficiency. The season after that, the team will seek to implement technology developed by Faraday Future, which includes the company's power controller. By the 2018/19 season, all of those improvements will be combined inside a new chassis, which may also feature Faraday Future motors, gearbox and its "FF Echelon Inverter," which the company says is the same inverter that will be installed inside every Faraday Future production vehicle.
Faraday Future is nothing if not ambitious. The Los Angeles startup promises to do more than make electric vehicles even cooler than Elon Musk did, steal his customers, and deliver a fully autonomous ride. It promises to change how the auto industry works, and how people get around. Changing the world is hard, especially for a company that has in just the past year lost a slew of key executives, fallen behind on payments for its new factory, and been accused of running a Ponzi scheme by a Nevada official. They rolled into CES earlier this month with what they promise will be Faraday's first production vehicle, the FF91.
To the sounds of oohs and ahhs, Faraday Future rolled out its FFZERO1 concept car for the first time at CES 2016. The concept car, while met with an astounding amount of hype, was not what it was cracked up to be. It didn't drive and would not be sold to the public. At CES 2017 Faraday Future is set to formally unveil its first production vehicle in-person in the face of several recent and notable setbacks. On Dec. 29, 2016 (a week before CES) the man seen as "in charge," but without the official CEO, title decided to leave Faraday Future.