If we have to believe new all-electric brand Faraday, the glory days of the Tesla Model S are over. The Model S has been the only full electric vehicle that looked sleek, elegant and drove like the very best gas models. Even better, the best available Model S crushes all road-legal sports cars except for some. In other words, the Model S was the only EV that could convince the petrolhead to go electric.
Now, other new to the game brands are playing catch up with Tesla and one of those brands is Faraday. Their 2018 Faraday Future FF 91 model is supposed to take over the baton from the highly anticipated 2017 Tesla Model S, with performance just as powerful and appearance just as bold and classy. Even the price will fall in the same category of the Tesla Model S. It is good to see the new brands finally picking up where the traditional car manufacturers are letting the opportunity lie.
Let’s start off by saying this car doesn’t look like a production vehicle at all. The overall look reminds more of an extra futuristic concept car, so this is bound to make heads turn. A feature very concept car-like is the full glass greenhouse. The front window doesn’t end when the roof begins, rather than that is the roof. The 2018 Faraday Future FF 91 does come with an automatic dimmer for the glass roof, to keep the Sun’s radiation at bay and at first sight it seems to have a few similarities with the exterior design of the premium 2018 SUV Lamborghini Urus. That’s just a matter of using your hawk-eye.
The front of the car features a perforated bumper with LED-lights, something you may recognize from several EV concepts. Underneath is a mock air vent, and one on the left and right of the fascia. Above you find the LED-strip headlight that runs from left to right and ends in a curve upwards.
Side and rear
The side of the car also features the same perforated LED-lights on the lower part. Furthermore, the side offers a good view of the wheelbase length, which is much longer than any other regular type of vehicle. Finally, the roofline is really low, which makes the car look like a crouching insect of some sort. A part of the taillights are visible on the side of the 2018 Faraday Future FF 91. Also, the wheelarches aren’t perfectly circular, complementing the wheels, but take on a tad different shape.
An interesting exterior feature of the FF 91 is the lack of doorhandles. Compellingly, the car opens doors automatically and independently, with sensors in the door preventing the doors hitting surrounding objects.
The rear features the same mock air vents in the same respective place as the front of the car. The lower part of the rear is a shiny black colour and the top part is silver. The taillights, that we saw on the side apparently run in one straight line over the rear. Just below the taillights are the perforated LED-lights we saw on the front and side again.
No images for the 2018 Faraday Future FF 91 interior are made public by the brand yet. Hence, for now we can only guess what the cabin will offer. One blurry shot of a personalized B-pillar does show what looks to be a very large infotainment centre screen. Furthermore, Faraday disclosed info about some interior features.
It starts with the presence of facial recognition technology, which allows the driver to get in and drive the car without the necessity of a key. There’s an outside camera that takes care of the access and the inside camera to identify the person in the car. The car features intelligent software that remembers personal settings, like mirrors and seat position and will change the settings after recognition accordingly. The intelligent software can also recognize facial expressions and moods and will use it to choose fitting music, vehicle scent, temperature and massage functions.
In terms of luxury the 2018 Faraday Future FF 91 offers things like adjustable rear seats, which are ergonomically designed by the way. All seats in the car offer ventilation, heating and massage functions. Another interesting feature is that the roof glass and side windows feature Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal glass. The passengers can change its transparency with a tap on the glass.
After these tiny pieces of intel on the interior we are definitely excited to hear more of what it has to offer! It seems like the interior really does give Tesla a run for their money.
Electric motor specs
Faraday hasn’t personally shared information on the FF 91 yet, but there are some things we know and suspect already. For example, the 2018 Faraday Future FF 91 battery will be 130 kWh unit, produced in partnership with LG Chem. This battery is supposed to be one of the highest energy density batteries currently out there, so hats off to Faraday for achieving this. Incomparable to the battery capacity of the KIA Soul electric vehicle, that has 27 kWh lithium ion polymer battery unit. Of course these autos are in a different price range, yet interesting to notice.
Battery specs include a range 378 miles (EPA estimated) and over 700 km (NEDC estimated). The FF 91 will also contain the ability to charge at more than 500 miles per hour, making it the fastest charging speed currently available. The 240 Volts home charger can charge a fully depleted battery back to 50% in about 4,5 hours.
Then, let’s talk performance. The electric motor has a peak of 783 kW, which amounts to 1050 hp and 0-60 time is 2.39 seconds. What can we say? It’s faster than the Model S and it has a higher electric range than the Model S, that’s all you need to know. The FF91 comes with a multi-motor system, rear or All Wheel Drive and torque vectoring to the rear wheels.
It is likely that the FF 91 will offer different battery and motor packages, just like Tesla does. Hence, it’s also likely that the price of lower range FF 91s will go down accordingly, so the car can also be had in a more affordable version.
Faraday has chosen to partner up with LeEco, an Internet company that operates all around the world, but which, like Faraday, is no multinational in the traditional sense of the word. That’s why the FF 91 offers its driver and passengers a fully integrated in-car connectivity zone, which combines devices, apps and distribution for a spot-on, personalized inner car experience.
There’s also the FFCTRL app, downloadable on your smartphone, to get real time vehicle status reports, summoning the vehicle and much more options for controlling your FF 91 from a distance.
The FF 91 features a Driverless Valet Function, in which the car can park itself after the driver exits the vehicle. This function is controllable with the FFCTRL app and even a time and place can be set when the car should be summoned to.
The safety features of the 2018 Faraday Future FF 91 are pioneering. A retractable 3D lidar, which is a radar-like laser to measure distance between objects is part of the advanced sensor system. This system furthermore includes: 10 HD cameras, 13 long and short range radars and twelve ultrasonic sensors, much more than is found in any other person vehicle.
In the place where regularly the rearview mirror sits, there is an HD display with the images from the rearview and both side cameras are displayed. An advantage is that blind spots are eliminated with this camera system.
Price, release and sale date
At the moment, interested people can make a reservation for this car at a $5,000 fee. The first 300 people who ordered this car have the opportunity to upgrade to a special ‘Alliance Edition’ in March. Also in March, the first FF 91 will be auctioned at a gala. Production for this vehicle will commence in 2018, and arrival on the market is expected at the end of 2018.
The Faraday company, however, has had some starting problems in the recent history, so the public is a bit skeptical if Faraday can make the deadline they set for themselves.
The starting price of the first line of FF 91s is expected “in the $100,000” range, according to Jason Wallace, head experimental marketing of Faraday.