It’s the buzz of the high-tech world. Faraday Future, a highly secretive California-based electric vehicle startup, made its first big splash in the recent 2016 CES event with the unveiling of its high-performance concept car.
The FFZERO1 is a 1,000 horsepower, electric concept car that has a style similar to the 1960s Batmobile. It features a cockpit-like layout inspired by NASA’s zero gravity seat technology. The FFZERO1 has four electric motors (one at each wheel) that provide more than 1000 horsepower. It has a top speed of 200 mph and can start from 0 to 60 mph in 3 seconds.
The car’s exterior is based on a Le Mans LMP1 race car and made up of carbon fiber material. Its rear appears to have an advanced push-rod style racing suspension and aerodynamic rear tail fin. The car uses a sophisticated user interface system that works via virtual and head up displays.
The importance of the FFZERO1 has nothing to do with its futuristic design and innovative features. What matter is what the company calls its Variable Platform Architecture (VPA), which is the core of Faraday’s bid to make cars in a whole new level and much faster way.
Currently, automakers need about three to five years to develop a new car. The company says it can build much faster using its newly developed platform architecture. The idea is to build multiple vehicles around the same design frame, so it doesn’t need to go back to the start to build a new one.
Founded in 2014, Faraday Future is a Chinese-backed electric-car startup that focused on the development of intelligent electric vehicles and mobility solutions. Last year, it opened its office in California and started hiring talents from GM, Ferrari, Lamborghini, BMW, Audi, Apple, SpaceX, and Hulu.
Faraday plans to build its first 900-acre, $1 billion manufacturing facility in Nevada, starting this year. The company has not offered any information about when the manufacturing facility will be completed, but it claims to launch the actual car as early as 2020.
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