After all those teasers we thought the first Faraday Future vehicle would get a worthy Sci-Fi name – and they disappoint with the simple FF91 denomination…
At least they’re painting a pretty good picture in all other departments – its all-electric crossover will best Tesla in terms of range and power, with first deliveries slated for next year. Last year Faraday Future made a splash with a spectacular but unfeasible concept and now they’re back at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas with a series production car (we hope). The FF 91 is obviously squarely aimed at Tesla’s Model X – with the Californian automaker also getting competition for the Model S from Lucid Motors’ Air sedan. Faraday Future is an American electric startup with Chinese backing from conglomerate LeEco, and headed by former Lotus and Tesla engineer Nick Sampson – who claims the company is less about competing with Tesla and more about bringing some sort of revolution. “Disruption is what the world needs,” he commented in Las Vegas. “A cleaner planet, a foreseeable future, and more fulfilling lives for all of us.”
The FF 91 is way better looking than its denomination sounds, with a futuristic take on the crossover segment – swept-back windshield and steeply angled rear window. It comes in at 206.7 inches in length and sports a 126.0-inch wheelbase, making it bigger than a Model X. The body gets a drag coefficient of just 0.25 and even the 22-inch wheels automatically change their spokes to a more aerodynamic shape when driving at higher speed. The underpins come from the company’s Variable Platform Architecture (VPA) chassis which integrates the batteries in the floor and an electric motor at each axle – active suspension and rear-wheel steering are also present. The motors should deliver a combined 1,050 horsepower (783 kilowatts), besting any Tesla available today – and torque stands at a whopping 1,800 Newton-meters at the motor shafts, or 1,328 pound-feet. FF says the sprint to 60 mph (96 km/h) will take just 2.39 seconds – better than a Model X, or a Ferrari 488 GTB.
Faraday is also making bold assumptions when it comes to range – 378 miles per charge on the EPA driving cycle, and more than 700 kilometers of range when using Europe’s NEDC rating system. That’s because the battery stands at a huge 130 kilowatt-hours – which use cylindrical lithium-ion cells from LG Chem. The FF 91 will use any charging standard found around the world and a home-charging station is bundled with 110- or 240-volt charging at 1.5, 10, or 15 kilowatts. The best case scenario sees a full battery in four and a half hours. In addition, the FF 91 is enabled for quick charging at up to 200 kW – which could bode well with EVgo’s currently in construction charger capable of up to 350 kW. Just like any other Tesla, the FF 91 is also packing advanced autonomous driving features – thanks to more sensors than Tesla’s Autopilot at 10 cameras, 13 radar sensors, 12 ultrasonic sensors, and one 3D LIDAR scanner. There’s also a valet-parking mode, where the FF 91’s driver can get out and the car will automatically look for an open parking spot.