1000 electric horsepower. 0-100km/h in under three seconds. A top speed of 320km/h. These are the wild numbers that startup electric car manufacturer Faraday Future is touting as possible with its future electric vehicles, and it’s showing a visually appropriate concept car — one that conveniently doesn’t have to back up the company’s big talk — called the FFZERO1.
Faraday Future gained notoriety late last year for poaching top talent from Tesla Motors, Google and Apple, and at a press event at CES 2016 in Las Vegas last night, unveiled the FFZERO1 concept car. Showing a concept is the easy way out for Faraday — its impressive specifications won’t be put to the test and the car itself won’t be mass produced — but as a vision of what the company wants to be, it underwhelmed.
Faraday claims 15 per cent more battery capacity than the 85kWh cell in the top Tesla Model S, which is capable of around 430km of all-electric range; that would make Faraday Future’s electric car travel around 500km on a full charge. The company is bankrolled by Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting, who owns television and gadget company LeTV, although it was originally thought to be the secret work of Apple.
A 1000-horsepower electric hypercar may sound impressive, but it’s a car for the point-zero-one-percent, starkly at odds with competitor Tesla’s goal to eventually bring electrification to the mainstream and mass-produced commuter car. So, feast your eyes on the FFZERO1, but don’t expect it to be driving down Parramatta Road any time soon.