Faraday Future, a new electric car company based in America, has revealed its first production vehicle.

Making its debut at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the FF91 comes with claims that it is the fastest electric car on the market – its 0-60mph time of 2.39 seconds makes it quicker than a ‘Ludicrous’ mode-enabled Tesla Model S P100D.

The 130kWh battery feeds the 1,050bhp electric motor, which also produces a highly impressive 1,800Nm of torque. Faraday Future reckons the FF91 will trump the Tesla Model S range-wise, too, with claims that it can travel more than 378 miles on a single charge.

Faraday Future’s big talking point is its autonomous driving technology capabilities. It comes with a retractable 3D LIDAR detector disc, 10 HD cameras, 13 long- and short-range radars and 12 ultrasonic sensors that Faraday Future claims will allow the car to drive itself.

There were red faces during the presentation, however, as the demo car refused to park itself when prompted by an engineer.

The styling clearly targets the booming SUV market and it’s longer than a Mercedes-Benz S-Class, making those performance figures all the more impressive – this is no light and nimble sports car.

The cabin size is amplified by the large glasshouse, which utilises clever polymer dispersed liquid crystal glass. This allows the occupants to alter the amount of tint in the glass by simply tapping it.

Production isn’t set to begin until 2018, but prospective buyers can place a refundable $5,000 (£4,000) deposit now. Bosses have refused to give a list price yet, saying it will be in line with a premium flagship model.

Darren Cassey


January 6, 2017

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