The younger generations of the world seem to be really impressed and consumed with electric cars.
I notice this whenever I go to talk about cars with my friends. For every cool car I mention, they raise me a Tesla.
Every time there’s a discussion about good old V8’s, someone brings up how “all cars will be autonomous / electric in x years”.
Frankly as a gear head (or petrol head) this sort of thing really annoys me.
So whenever I talk about electric or autonomous cars, I have to say off the bat that I prefer the old gasoline and explosions over ions. That’s just me.
But I can’t deny how cool some of the electric car tech is. No one can. Anyone who does is lying to themselves.
The electric car uproar has also caused a number of new car manufactures to emerge. It’s a new market and new technology, so the conditions are right for a ton of technology companies to jump in and start getting creative.
And that’s exactly what happened.
Today we’re looking at a company called Faraday and their newest creation called the Future FF91.
If you’ve been keeping up with things in the automotive world, you might know about the Faraday Future. It’s development has been going on for a few years now, and there’s been some missteps and true steps forward. It’s been quite a ride.
Anyway, we seem to be closer than ever to actually seeing this thing on the road. Which is good for all those tech-savvy friends of yours and mine.
And for the investors.
The Specs-Faraday Future FF91:
|Vehicle Type:||Fullsize Sedan|
|Power Plant:||3 Electric Motors|
|Gearbox:||One Speed Automatic|
|Top Speed:||Not Available|
|0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH):||Not Available|
|Base Price:||Not Yet Available|
There is obviously a lot of technology at play in the Faraday Future FF91. Along with facial recognition and dynamic vehicle control, the FF91 will do a zero to sixty miles per hour sprint in less than 2.4 seconds.
This acceleration is borderline (or over the border) unnecessary for a sedan like this, as I can’t see the average person being able to safely handle that much pace. But I’m sure there’s safety features in place to avoid that.
On the inside of the car, Faraday talks about how their rear seats are designed to perfectly distribute your bodies weight for perfect comfort. Very interesting. And cool.
There has been plenty of money pooled into this project. Faraday isn’t proven as Tesla is, and the fact that so many investors have jumped on to pool tons of money into development is impressive to say the least.
Through different delays and not even having a product for customers yet, Faraday continues to dazzle with performance benchmarks like the record at Pike’s Peak. I wonder though how long the dazzling will last.
The Exterior-Faraday Future FF91:
Let’s look at thing solely from a design perspective for a minute. Simply because it is very easy to get lost in all the technology for the Faraday Future FF91.
It’s a complex looking thing, with overall shape being decently simple. It’s a big oval.
Of course I’m oversimplifying things. But, the general design for these kinds of electric cars with immense amounts of technology seems to be “make it a simple basic shape, but add a bunch of bulges and curves to make it look futuristic”.
This does two things, to me. First, it makes the car look “futuristic” in a common sense. Secondly it makes the car look like more of an appliance than a car. This is an issue for me.
I don’t usually like how electric cars are designed since they do take away any sort of flare, but I get that most people who buy them aren’t huge car enthusiast.
Anyway, back to the Faraday Future FF91.
The front end is interesting looking. The grille in particular.
Basically, it is a series of x’s that form the Faraday logo in the center. It looks like a cool party trick.
The air intakes off to the side of the front bumper add a little bit of flare to an otherwise uneventful front end, and even if they’re not functional (not sure if they are or not) it looks sharp.
The headlight assembly stretches across the entire front end which is different for any car of today, really.
The main lamps are very small are are a basic shape that makes the whole car look wider. Nothing too complex in terms of shaping.
Faraday also fitted the Future FF91 with some heat sinking underneath the “grille”. This is obviously to cool down the massive batteries and motors that put out an acclaimed 1,050 horsepower. Quite a lot.
The hood has a black overlay that breaks up all of the silver nicely.
Down the side of the car, there is definitely a lot more going on.
The roof line and overall profile of the Faraday Future FF91 is slender and streamlined. The fenders are smoothly bulged out and it seems very symmetrical.
A key feature here is that the side mirrors aren’t mirrors at all. They’re actually cameras. We’re starting to see this pretty straight forward technology on some new concept cars like the Aston Martin Valkyrie (which will actually use cameras on the production car) and it seems like a logical move forward.
The rear end of the car is the most interesting part of the whole design.
It features identical faux heat-sinks on the rear bumper, which actually looks very nicely on the whole assembly.
The tail light is one long strip from one side to the other, but it’s raised and bulged out to add some character and actually looks cool.
And of course underneath there is a bunch of “X” shapes with the center bit illuminated as the Faraday symbol. Plus it’s mirrored and makes a nice little effect off the rear end.
Overall, the Faraday Future FF91 is a sharp looking machine. It has an interesting design that while it isn’t really beautiful or emotion-evoking, its clever. But more on the appliance end of things.
The Interior-Faraday Future FF91:
The massive technology that propels these new electric or autonomous cars is just insane. And that means that the technology in the car for passengers is equally as ridiculous.
Just to enter the Faraday Future FF91, the doors immediately give you the massive sense of pantomime you should expect.
The front doors open traditionally, but the rear doors open in a suicide fashion just like a Rolls-Royce. Very nice.
From there, the inside is all about technology. And showing that technology off.
There is accent lighting that runs about the inside of the cabin that looks, of course, very cool.
Even though there aren’t any real images of the interior of the car, we can gather from some long shots that it is large and luxurious.
The front seat seems to offer some controls on the door panels that are touch-operated, but the headline stuff is in the back seat.
The Faraday Future FF91 features a type of two plus two seating configuration, which means the center back seat is folded down to provide each rear-seat occupant with more luxuries.
As I said before, Faraday shows off how their rear seats are shaped to perfectly distribute your bodies weight for great comfort. Or something.
The back seat also offers some holders for your champagne glasses.
Overall even with the limited information on the interior of the Faraday Future FF91, I think we can expect something very special.
It seems to be much more luxurious and comfortable than a Tesla, but I’m sure the price will reflect that as well.
The big screen displays on the inside are pretty common these days, and Faraday made big use of them from what we can see. Overall, it’s a nice layout.
We’ll have to wait and see what comes of this whole thing, as Faraday has some issues of their own before customers get cars.
The Performance – Faraday Future FF91
With any new electric vehicle out there, you know that Faraday is really pumping their “performance” numbers out there.
On the surface, Faraday says that their car will do a zero to sixty sprint in 2.39 seconds and feature 1,050 horsepower which is just insane for a big sedan as it is.
The Faraday Future FF91 also holds the record time at Pike’s Peak which is a cool selling point.
Faraday also points to having an extended range of 300+ miles. We don’t know the exact range or really anything more than “300+ miles” but that’s a good bet.
It’s a number that hasn’t been touched before and if everything adds up, I think it’s within a shout to say the Future FF91 will be capable enough.
Other than those relatively basic metrics, we don’t know anything about the electric power-plant, drive system, and the chassis as a whole.
And the insane performance of the thing doesn’t really seem like a good fit for all of those luxury features. It seems a bit confused to me.
As Road & Track puts it, the acceleration seems like a big distraction from what the car’s mission is. Largely a private-jet-like experience.
On top of this, Faraday originally revealed their car to be a race car with completely different architecture. That didn’t even exist.
Acceleration is a lot of fun, but if that’s all the car can really do, it seems a bit unnecessary.
I agree with many other in this industry who say it would be best for Faraday to abandon how cool they are for beating Ferrari or Tesla in a straight line, and focus on building an automobile.
Sum It Up:
The Faraday Future FF91 is still in its development phases, no matter what the company says.
They need to figure out how to actually make the thing before they get crazy about the performance figures, which they already have. So there goes that.
I wish the Faraday Future FF91 was what it should be. The private jet of the road. But it isn’t. Maybe one day…