Revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas recently, the Faraday Future FF 91 wowed the crowds with just about everything.
The technical specifications seem almost unreal, in fact there are those that are questioning just how realistic this concept is.
Although Faraday are currently working the press and social media hard, there are still a lot of unknowns regarding the FF 91, least of all, the price.
In a recent interview, Jia Yueting, CEO of Faraday Future’s financial backer LeEco admitted that the price would certainly be less than 2 million Chinese Yuan. That’s quite a lot of room for manoeuvre, given that at today’s current exchange rate, that works out to $292,645.
The main competition would come from Tesla, their Model X 90D starts at $98,800; quite some difference. Admittedly, there is an element of taxes and the like – cars in China tend to be much more expensive – the same Tesla in China costs $141,000 or thereabouts.
Added to the price woes, we also know that the company in charge of construction of the $1bn factory for Faraday Future recently stopped work due to unpaid invoices, and if that wasn’t enough, it has been announced that the Acting CEO and two other key executives recently quit the company. Ouch.
This hasn’t stopped Faraday Future taking reservations though; for just $5,000, you can get your name on the list for the first production models to come off the line.
But what of the car?
On paper, the specs of the Faraday Future FF 91 really stack up; 1,050 BHP, 0 – 60 MPH in 2.39 seconds (the best Tesla ever got was 2.5 seconds at the same track) and a 130 kWh battery pack should see a useable range.
Added to that, the FF 91 will be packed with tech; all the usual goodies are there, but we’ll also see what Faraday Future are calling a “Driverless Valet” mode – pull up outside the hotel, and the car will go off and automatically find a parking space and self-park. (Our question would be how would you know where it is though?). There will also be cool features such as facial recognition used to unlock the car and it will constantly learn from the driver’s habits and adapt, making it more user friendly.
As for the styling, it’s a winner.
A futuristic four door sedan with wrap around tinted glass, all enveloped in well styled bodywork, of course made from lightweight composites.
IF the Faraday Future FF 91 does indeed make it to production, and for a reasonable price, we think that Elon Musk will be seriously concerned.
What do you think of the Faraday? Is it something that’ll be on your dream car list?