Faraday Future has maintained an aura of secrecy and mystery, even amid mounting rumors of financial woes and impending collapse. The Tesla rival hopeful finally gave the public a peek behind the curtain at its press event in CES 2017, unveiling the autonomous FF91, which is its first ever production car.
The FF91 is being touted as a piece of work that is “more than a car” and will change “the future of mobility”, at least according to Nick Sampson, VP of R&D at Faraday Future. It comes packed with features that makes it among the most connected of cars we’ve seen, including a LIDAR sensor for self-driving, smartphone integration, self-opening doors (there are no handles), and self-parking capabilities.
All this connectivity is meant to create a car that adjusts itself to its passengers’ needs and behavior. It has a facial recognition system to allow it to recognize and sync to its passengers and drivers. The FF91 also comes with in-vehicle Wi-Fi and HD screens for all sorts of in-transit entertainment. Mainly funded by LeEco’s CEO Jia Yueting, the FF91 has ambitions of becoming a virtual ecosystem complete with music and media integration through your smartphone.
As a car, its specs are powerful and impressive. It comes with a 130 kilowatt-hour capacity battery with a range of 378 miles and a supercharged 1,050 horsepower engine that takes the FF91 from 0 to 60 in 2.39 seconds.
From what Faraday has trumpeted at its press event, the FF91 is a fast, powerful, and hyper-integrated car that oozes connectivity. It’s slated to start deliveries in 2018. Final price details have yet to be revealed, but you can place a refundable $5000 deposit on an FF91 through Faraday’s website if you’re interested.