By Steve & Tamami Laser
Startup electric vehicle company Faraday Future unveiled its first production vehicle at the World Market Center in Las Vegas this evening ahead of the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show.
Dubbed FF 91 (“nine one”) the new model built upon the company’s Variable Platform Architecture (VPA) is said to represent “a bold new breed of electric mobility that combines supercar performance, precise handling, the comfort of an ultra-luxury passenger vehicle, and a unique collection of intelligent internet features.”
Watch the FF 91 reveal in Las Vegas in this video of the Faraday Future press conference. (Video: Faraday Future)
Faraday’s VPA is a flexible powertrain system featuring a monocoque vehicle structure in which the chassis and body are a single form. According to the automaker, it provides measurable improvements in overall vehicle rigidity, safety and handling while an available all-wheel drive system offers greater traction, control and precise power distribution. The VPA also houses “class-leading” battery technology, multiple motor and battery configurations.
Faraday says the FF 91 is remarkably fast with a claimed pavement-blistering 0-60 mph sprint in just 2.39 seconds. Check it out in this clip from a drag strip in Irwindale, Calif. (Video: Faraday Future)
FF 91’s powertrain features a multi-motor setup, enabling real-time torque vectoring to the rear wheels. The company says this technology “delivers superior acceleration and safety while leveraging rear-wheel steering for agile cornering, allowing drivers to confidently execute maneuvers like merging onto freeways or accelerating out of dangerous scenarios.” Peak motor power is quoted at 783 kW, equating to 1050 HP, delivering a “record-breaking 0-60 mph time of 2.39 seconds.”
Faraday says FF 91’s battery technology doesn’t sacrifice range for performance: “Outfitted with a 130 kWh battery, FF 91 achieves a range of 378 miles (EPA est.) and over 700 km (NEDC est.) from the world’s highest energy density battery, engineered in partnership with LG Chem. FF 91 also has the fastest charge speed currently available, with the ability to charge at more than 500 miles per hour. The home charger, included with the vehicle, achieves 50 percent to full charge in under 4.5 hours at 240V.”
FF 91’s design is certainly distinctive. The sleek, rounded front fascia and edgy, angular rear create a form that’s said to improve aerodynamic efficiency and help increase range. The signature “UFO” line that runs around the mid-section of the vehicle provides FF 91 with a unique but simple stabilizing design element.
FF 91’s gateway doors blend form and function by providing a stylish entry system with easier accessibility. Each door can open automatically and independently. Sensors are designed to help prevent the doors from opening too wide and making unwanted contact with the surrounding objects.
FF 91’s exterior lighting is focused on communication. When users approach the car, the vehicle’s rocker panel illuminates with an owner confirmation sequence that brightens based on proximity.
Inside, Faraday Future says passengers will feel relaxed thanks to the rear-seat reclining angles, putting them in the “biomechanically and ergonomically optimal position for comfort.” The rear seats provide lower leg, lumbar, and upper back adjustments and support. The seats also offer massage, heating, and ventilation.
FF 91’s panoramic roof includes smart dimming glass technology. The glass roof, rear and side windows all feature PDLC (Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal) glass, which is operated by users tapping on the glass, providing “instant privacy” and shade from the exterior environment.
Through its partnership with LeEco, a global Internet company, Faraday says FF 91 offers the ultimate in-car connectivity. “FF EcoSystem integrates users’ digital lives into FF 91, giving access to the apps and content, while learning user’s preferences over time to create a smarter, more personalized experience.”
Creating a FFID account establishes a global profile that travels with users through the FF EcoSystem and remembers personal preferences, such as seating positions, favorite music and movies, ideal temperatures, and driving style settings.
FF 91 is also introducing advanced facial recognition technology – called Arrival Interface – allowing drivers and passengers to unlock the car without a key. A camera installed in the B-pillar is said to identify the user’s face to grant vehicle entry. Similarly, interior cameras use this technology to recognize users and automatically adjust interior settings to their preferences.
The keyless welcoming system is said to recognize users as they approach the vehicle, opens the door and adjusts customized FFID settings inside. Similarly, an app allows users to customize and control their in-vehicle experience, get real-time vehicle status reports, and even summon the vehicle.
FF 91 is said to become the first production vehicle to feature retractable 3D lidar, a critical component to FF’s multi-layer redundancy features for autonomous driving. Lidar is part of a complex sensor system including 10 high-definition cameras, 13 long and short-range radars and 12 ultrasonic sensors. Meanwhile, the rearview mirror has been replaced by a high-definition display that merges the live feed from the side mirrors and rearview camera into a single, seamless image.
A Driverless Valet parking feature enables FF 91 to “park itself” after the driver has exited the vehicle. Powered by an app, drivers can also summon the vehicle from its parking spot or schedule a pick up at a desired time and location. “Today, the system is capable of parking FF 91 in private parking lots and roads,” says the automaker. “As legislation advances to allow for public use of this technology, FF 91 will be able to park itself anywhere users go.”
Faraday Future says it will begin accepting reservations for FF 91 through the company’s website, FF.com. Production is planned to begin in 2018 at the automaker’s new plant in North Las Vegas, Nev.
Note: Prototype vehicles are featured in this news story. Production vehicle features, specifications, and launch timing is subject to change without notice by the automaker.
News source, photos and video courtesy Faraday Future Inc.
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