Even though its factory is still just a patch of Nevada desert, Faraday Future has finally unveiled its first production vehicle, the flagship FF 91.
So far, the reception isn’t good.
The car is being panned online for a design that is miles short of Tesla’s sexy EV lines and mocked for failing to drive itself offstage when intended after the big reveal.
The FF 91 comes after a disappointing 12 months that has included reports of dysfunction from within the organization, financial problems, and key staff departures. The company still hasn’t announced how much the car will cost, but will happily take a $5,000 refundable deposit from folks who think they might be able to afford one.
Yes, Faraday Future faces some steep hurdles to finding success, but the FF 91 does have some positives going for it.
Well said, sir.
As we’ve already established, the FF 91 is not an attractive car. That’s typically a pretty objective statement, but in this case it seems to be the consensus. The odd proportions and strange body creases invoke thoughts of what a Lamborghini SUV concept might have looked like in 1983.
But what about those positives?
Faraday Future claims the equivalent of 1,050 horsepower from a 130 kilowatt-hour battery pack that’s good for a 0-60 sprint in 2.39 seconds. If that’s true, it would become the fastest electric car in the world—a claim the company is already making.
I’ll quote the good people at Wired for the next part:
Cameras in the B-pillars—the uprights just behind the front doors—recognize approaching passengers, and open the suicide rear doors (a cool way of saying they open on rear-mounted hinges for easier access and, frankly, badass looks). Perhaps less usefully, the car will recognize your mood from facial expressions and adjust the music, seat massager, and even aromatherapy scents to suit your demeanor.
An array of lights integrated into the doors and the front and back of the car can communicate with the outside world, letting other road users know when the computer is in charge, for example, or whether a vehicle is available for ride sharing.
There are also no fewer than 10 cameras, 13 radars, 12 ultrasonic sensors, and one 3D LIDAR setup to guarantee that you’ll never have to worry about parking your own car ever again.
The FF 91 is supposed to go into production in 2018, but if you put a deposit down, I wouldn’t get too excited about an on-time delivery.
What do you think of the Faraday Future FF 91?