Farady Future has unveiled their FFZERO1 concept high performance electric vehicle at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
Is it a futuristic Le Mans LMP1 racer or the next generation Batmobile? Nope, wrong on both counts, it is Faraday Future's FFZero1 concept. Touted as 'Tesla Killer',this California-based company's sleek electric concept was unveiled at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
The FFZero1 concept uses a 'quad drive' powertrain, which basically means each wheel has an electric motor and it delivers a combined power of 1000hp. The concept can do 0-100 kilometres under three seconds and has the ability to exceed to 321km/h.
The concept is designed in a tear drop shape to improve aerodynamics and the aero tunnels, which have been incorporated into the design, channel air through the vehicle to reduce drag and cool the batteries. According to the design team, the car uses lightweight materials and composites on the VPA platform.
The battery-powered FFZero1 interior is primarily white with a carbon fibre finish. According to the company, it also projects information over the driver's line of sight. The concept is a single seater, but Faraday Future officials have said that there are plans to make the functional model a two seater. Based on NASA research, the seat offers a comfortable, weightless body position and the driver sits at a 45-degree angle, which helps in better circulation. Farady has made a couple of well detailed videos. to watch them, click on the links here; FFZERO1 360 Degree Experience Video and FFZero1 Concept Video
Faraday Future have integrated smartphone into the steering column. The advantage of this setup is that it enables the smartphone to serve as an interface between the vehicle and the driver, whether he or she is in or outside the car.
FFZero1 sits on a bespoke one of a kind platform that can be modified easily to accommodate any kind of body structure to sit on top of it. The heart of it lies in the layout of the batteries which is in the form what they call 'Strings'. A sting consists of a line of multiple batteries aligned from left to right, which sit between the front and rear wheels of the car. A 'String' can be removed or added upon requirement of the vehicles structure. This provides flexibility to lengthen and shorten the wheelbase to suit the requirement of the car in the development process. The crash structure can also be elongated and shrunk in the same manner, hence the name Variable Platform Architecture. On this one platform, FF can make anything from a long wheel base saloon to a short wheelbase 4 door hatchback to even a relatively large SUV. If none of this make sense to you, Faraday have also made a video which explains it better. To watch the video lick on this link.
In terms of safety, this concept has a unique Halo Safety System, which is integrated with head and neck support as well as oxygen, and water supply fed to the driver through a prototype helmet. The system can also gather biometric data about its driver.