Meet the FFZERO1 Concept Car

Los Angeles-based, Faraday Future, has revealed its FFZERO1 Concept Car at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES), which takes place in Las Vegas.

The FFZERO1 Concept Car is a single-seat electric-powered racecar capable to generate 1000 hp able to move it to a top speed of over 200 mph (320 km/h) and break the 60 mph barrier in less than 3 seconds.

The Faraday Future’s Concept car, well it is a concept and it is not designed for production. Instead, it provides a close look at the design language and the technology which the upcoming production vehicles, scheduled to appear within “a couple of years”, will use.

Faraday Future’s FFZERO1 Concept sits on a modular electric platform dubbed the Variable Platform Architecture (VPA) which all Faraday Future’s future vehicles will use. The company claims that the platform can rapidly be reconfigured to suit the different vehicle types.

It can also adopt both two-wheel-drive (front or rear) or four-wheel-drive configuration in addition to being capable of housing up to three electric motors while the batteries are added to the platform in ‘strings’, helping adaptability.

The single-seat cockpit features a driver’s seat angled at 45deg, that’s said to improve blood circulation. Augmented reality displays can be projected onto the concept’s windscreen and a smartphone can be placed at the center of the steering wheel and be used to control some driving functions.

Also, the Faraday Future cars will come equipped with sensors which will permit them to drive for themselves.

The exterior bodywork is made from a mixture of carbon fiber and composites and, interestingly, the rear fin is like a ‘digital canvas’ where the driver’s name and race position can be displayed.

Nick Sampson, Faraday Future’s head of R&D and engineering, said that the company “will launch a single model and follow with a range of vehicles in a faster way than others have achieved. We’re looking at seven different vehicles.”

“Our business model is not based around moving a car out of the dealer. We envision this like a smartphone. The revenue starts once you get the device in the owner’s hands. We’re looking at subscriptions and apps and other opportunities.”

Faraday Future is yet to confirm what its business model will be, but it’s understood that its customers will be able to sign up and lease different cars from the company depending on their needs. “Perhaps having a city car to get to work, but the platform knows that every weekend you need a larger vehicle for the family,” said Richard Kim.

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