Faraday Future’s first production model will give the Tesla Model S one hell of a fight

Just prior to the kickoff of the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show, Faraday Future hosted its own party to bring in the new year with its first production model, the FF 91 (pronounced “nine one” not “ninety-one.”) It’s essentially an electrical beast on wheels that promises decent range, an ultra-luxurious cabin, and a nice helping of intelligent technology. FF hasn’t spilled all of the beans yet, but we do know that the 91 is rated at 1,050 horsepower, offers an EPA estimated range of 278 miles, has autonomous capabilities, and has a charging speed of “more than 500 miles per hour.” According to Faraday Future’s press release, this electric supercar can hit the 60 mph sprint in a heart-stopping 2.39 seconds.

All of this sounds really good on paper, but one couldn’t blame you for being skeptical after all of the drama surrounding Faraday Future in the past. But, if you’re willing to take a chance, the reservation books for the FF 91 are officially open at FF.com and requires a fully refundable $5,000 deposit for your marked interest. Furthermore, the first 300 potential customers will have the option to upgrade their reservation to be on the official list for a launch-edition model that’s being dubbed the Alliance Edition. The option to do so will become available as early as March of 2017, so if you’re one of the first few to make a reservation, it’s something you might want to think about.

The FF 91 is set to go into production sometime in 2018, which means deliveries should commence in either late 2018 or sometime in the first half of 2019 at best. Then again, with a rocky past, you might want to expect delivery closer to 2020, just so you don’t find yourself let down. But, before that happens, let’s dive on in and take a good look at Faraday Future’s first production car.

Continue reading to learn more about the Faraday Future FF 91.

Exterior

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The exterior of the FF 91 is, in all reality, pretty wild. It’s got that large, glass greenhouse that we’ve come to accept as something that will be the norm on future cars, to go with a low-slung roof and long wheelbase. There are but a few body lines, all of which, however, happen to be in just the right place. The rear lights are geometrically pleasing, while the front lights are integrated into the nose and follow the contour perfectly. Much like electric concepts we’ve seen in the past, the 91 has that perforated front nose that features a number of LED lights. But, unlike some of the models we’ve seen in recent months, this thing also has the perfect mix of aggression up front. The lower portion of the fascia features a small lip and a simulated air dam while the corners of the fascia have some aggressive but simulated air inlets. The headlights are more or less a large LED strip that runs the width of the nose and curve around on the ends – I guess one could say that it’s like a mustache of sorts.

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It’s got that large, glass greenhouse that we’ve come to accept as something that will be the norm on future cars, to go with a low-slung roof and long wheelbase.

The front windshield is wide and long with windshield wipers that swing outward toward the edges of the windshield – a feature similar to that of some early 1990s GM vehicles. The roof is all glass and features an automatic dimming function to keep those UV rays in check, while the front hood area, A-pillar, and B-Pillars all feature a glossy black finish that matches the lower portion of the front fascia. With the primary finish being silver, the black offers the perfect amount of color accent. Looking at the 91 from the side exposes just how long this thing really is. The front doors seem excessively long while the rear doors are just a bit shorter. The side profile has what I like to call a staggered body line. By that, I meant there’s a body line in the front and rear that fades in the middle. Down below the body line picks up on the doors. FF calls this a “UFO” line.

Further down below, the doors take on a more sculpted look while the side skirts, if that’s what you would call them, feature the same perforations with LED backlighting that we saw on the front fascia. Father back, the rear quarters take on a unique, floating appearance, while the dot matrix taillights wrap around the side and come to a rather sharp point above the rear wheel wells. The glass in the rear door is actually small compared to that of the front, but this leads way to a larger rear quarter glass for third-row occupants – it’s a small compromise, but rear-most passengers will certainly appreciate the view. It should also be noted that the FF 91 makes use of side view cameras as opposed to mirrors.

Around back, this thing mirrors the front a bit as the fascia has that large vent hole in each corner. A gloss black insert makes up most of the lower fascia and house two thin but long reflectors. The most attractive thing about the rear end has to be the taillight setup. See, the taillights run the entire width of the rear and are LED in nature. They feature the same styling as the LED lights on the side skirts and front fascia and are excessively attractive for some reason. The rear windscreen is almost as large as the front, but due to the sloped roof, it’s not quite as long. All told, it’s a very attractive vehicle, and with Faraday Future’s only real competitor being Tesla at this point, it’s exactly what the doctor ordered if the brand is really going to take the market by storm.

Exterior Dimensions

Length: 206.7 inches
Width: 89.9 inches
Height: 62.9 inches
Wheelbase: 126 inches

Interior

When it comes to luxury, it looks like the FF 91 is raising the bar a bit. To start off, the rear seats feature “industry-leading reclining angles” and feature first class features like lower leg, lumbar, and upper back adjustability for those who require the utmost best in comfort. All seats offer heating and ventilation as well as a massage function – something that Faraday Future says will leave passengers feeling rested and energized even after “being stuck in traffic for hours.” Of particular note, however, is the function the interior glass plays in normal day life. See, the roof and side glass all feature something called Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal (PDLC) that allows passengers to change the transparency of the glass with a simple tap of the finger – something you could consider tint-on-demand.

It’s likely similar to what you find in the Tesla Model S and Model X, but it looks like it could be quite larger.

The FF 91 is also equipped with what is being called the FF EcoSystem. This is essentially a system that is said to blend devices, content, and applications all into one system. It also provides access to apps and content and has the ability to learn over time, ultimately leading to a more personalized experience for each passenger. New facial recognition technology allows the driver to access and drive the vehicle without the need for a single key. This is made possible by an outside camera, while camera’s on the inside are used to identify who is in the vehicle and subsequently adjust the vehicle’s settings to suit the driver. This system can also recognize facial expressions and moods, which in turn allows the system to adjust things like the type of music, scent inside the vehicle, temperature, and massage functions to the driver at the time.

Unfortunately, that’s about all we know about the interior of the FF 91 as of the time of this writing. Faraday Future has yet to release any images of the interior up to this point, but an image of the B-Pillar showing a welcome sequence does show the silhouette of what is likely a very large and centrally mounted display screen. It’s likely similar to what you find in the Tesla Model S and Model X, but it looks like it could be quite larger. Again, this is a blurry shot, but you can see what I mean:

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Drivetrain

Despite the fact that the reservation books are open, our information about what motivates the FF 91 is – like most of the interior – slim. But, we do know a little that’s worth discussing. We know that it is powered by a 130 kWh battery that was made in partnership with LG Chem and is said to be the “world’s highest energy density battery.” FF says that it has the ability to charge at more than 500 miles per hour while the home charger, which is a 240-volt system, can charge the battery to 50 percent in 4.5 hours. This battery powers a multi-motor system with real-time torque vectoring to the rear wheels. The brand claims all-wheel drive is an option, but there’s no word on what kind of extra cost is associated with it. All told, peak motor power is rated at 783 kW (about 1,050 horsepower) which is enough to push the FF 91 to 60 mph in 2.39 seconds. It’s been said that the VPA architecture of the powertrain system allows for multiple battery and motor configurations, so much like the Tesla Model S, the FF 91 should be available with a number of power outputs and performance levels – ultimately meaning there should be more affordable options as time goes on.

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It is powered by a 130 kWh battery that was made in partnership with LG Chem and is said to be the “world’s highest energy density battery.

Outside of this, the only other information we have is related to the built-in safety features, which includes an autonomous drive system with 13 short- and long-range radar sensors, 12 ultrasonic sensors, 10 high-definition cameras, and one 3D retractable lidar sensor. FF only speaks of level three autonomy in its most recent press release, but with a sensor array like that, along with the likelihood that the FF 91 will be capable of OTA software updates, level four autonomy should be available in the future. The rearview mirror has been replaced by a display screen that blends the view of the side cameras and the rear cameras into one image – a feature that supposedly eliminates blind spots while the car also has a “driverless valet” feature that allows the car to park itself and be summoned for pickup after a day of shopping at the mall.

Drivetrain Specifications

Powertrain multi-motor setup
Horsepower 1,050 HP
0 to 60 mph 2.39 seconds
Range 378 miles (EPA est.) and over 700 km (NEDC est.)
Charging Speed More than 500 miles per hour

Pricing

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At this point, pricing is a complete mystery, but upon placing a reservation for the FF 91, you’ll be asked to make a refundable deposit of $5,000. Yahoo Finance claims that Jason Wallace – Faraday’s director of experimental marketing – has said that the FF 91 will start out in the “$100,000 range.” For now, that’s about all we have to go by, but we will surely learn more in the coming months as the FF 91 gets closer to going into production.

Competition

Tesla Model S

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The Tesla Model S was literally the first chapter in long-range electric vehicles and consumer-usable semi-autonomous drive. But, only one model of the S can really compete with the specs offered up by the FF 91, and that’s the P100D. It comes with a 100 kWh battery pack and dual electric motors for all-wheel drive functionality. The EPA estimates the P100D to have a range of 315 miles, which is just short of the FF91 as is the 2.5-second sprint to 60 mph.

As of the time of this writing, the total cash price – according to Tesla’s website – for a P100D is around $134,500, but that includes the $7,500 federal tax credit and “estimated gas savings over five years” of $5,500. So, you’re really looking at paying closer to $145k at least. Considering the FF 91 has slightly better specifications and will start out in the low $100k range, Tesla will be forced to squeeze a little more out of the P100D if it wants to compete. If you’re considering getting a Model S in the near future, you may want to hold off until the FF 91 hits the market – it may be a better deal in the long run, but at the very least, Tesla will be forced to make some modifications if it wants to stay on top.

Read more about the Tesla Model S here.

Conclusion

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At this point, I’m still a little skeptical of the FF 91. First, the company hasn’t had the best of luck lately, and second, it’s coming out of the gate with a six-figure car. That’s a tough way to enter a highly competitive automotive market. Plus, so far we’ve seen a lot of PR talk from FF, and as we’ve seen in the past new manufacturers don’t always live up to the hype they create in the long run. I do think the FF 91, despite its unique and slightly awkward look, is an attractive vehicle and could offer up the right mix of technology and luxury, but I think it’s best to hold judgment until it actually goes into production and we get all of the facts. The question is, if you had the cash to spend and wanted an all-electric car, would you be happy driving the FF 91 with what we know right now? Let’s talk about it in the comments section below.

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    • * FF may be trying too hard
    • * Will have limited customer base
    • * Reliability is still very questionable

Press Release

Faraday Future (FF) has revealed FF 91 (“nine one”), its first production vehicle, at an exclusive event prior to the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Built upon the company’s Variable Platform Architecture (VPA), FF 91 represents a bold new breed of electric mobility that combines supercar performance, precise handling, the comfort of an ultra-luxury passenger vehicle, and a unique collection of intelligent internet features.

Starting now FF will start accepting reservations for FF 91 through the company’s newly redesigned website, FF.com. Reservations are $5,000 and are fully refundable. The first 300 orders will have the option to upgrade their reservation in March 2017 to join an exclusive launch series, the Alliance Edition.

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THE NEW PERFORMANCE

FF’s proprietary VPA is a flexible powertrain system featuring a monocoque vehicle structure in which the chassis and body are a single form – providing measurable improvements in overall vehicle rigidity, safety and handling. An available All Wheel Drive system offers greater traction, control and precise power distribution. The VPA also houses class-leading battery technology, multiple motor and battery configurations, as well as the company’s first patent: the FF Echelon Inverter.

FF 91’s powertrain features a multi-motor setup, enabling real-time torque vectoring to the rear wheels. This technology delivers superior acceleration, safety while leveraging rear-wheel steering for agile cornering, allowing drivers to confidently execute maneuvers like merging onto freeways or accelerating out of dangerous scenarios. Peak motor power is 783 kW, equating to 1050 HP, delivering a record-breaking 0-60 mph time of 2.39 seconds.

FF 91’s battery technology doesn’t sacrifice range for performance. Outfitted with a 130 kWh battery, FF 91 achieves a range of 378 miles (EPA est.) and over 700 km (NEDC est.) from the world’s highest energy density battery, engineered in partnership with LG Chem. Similarly, the system’s compact design enables more cabin space for greater comfort and safety. FF 91 also has the fastest charge speed currently available, with the ability to charge at more than 500 miles per hour. The home charger, included with the vehicle, achieves 50 percent to full charge in under 4.5 hours at 240V.

DESIGN WITHOUT BOUNDARIES, FIRST CLASS COMFORT

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Exterior

FF 91’s design philosophy is driven by aerodynamics. The sleek, rounded front fascia and edgy, angular rear create a striking form that improves aerodynamic efficiency to increase range. The signature UFO line that runs around the mid-section of the vehicle provides FF 91 with a unique but simple, stabilizing design element. Similarly, the wide stance and long wheelbase deliver a spacious and luxurious interior environment.

FF 91’s gateway doors blend form and function by providing a stylish entry system with easier accessibility. Each door can open automatically and independently, allowing for quick and convenient passenger pick up. Sensors prevent the doors from opening too wide and making unwanted contact with the surrounding objects.

FF 91’s exterior lighting is focused on communication. The vehicle reimagines lighting systems by creating a deeper connection between car and driver. When users approach FF 91, the vehicle’s rocker panel illuminate with an owner confirmation sequence that brightens based on proximity – FF 91 recognizes and welcomes you.

The system uses intuitive patterns to communicate messages to its users like welcome sequences and charging states, as well as autonomous driving mode prompts. By design, the lighting system will improve safety by informing pedestrians and other drivers when FF 91 is driving autonomously.

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Interior

Riding in FF 91, users will feel more rested and energized, even after being stuck in traffic for hours. The rear seats deliver industry-leading rear-seat reclining angles, putting passengers in the biomechanically and ergonomically optimal position for comfort. This first class rear seating experience provides lower leg, lumbar, and upper back adjustments and support. The seats also offer massage, heating, and ventilation for cooling.

FF 91’s panoramic roof includes smart dimming glass technology. The glass roof, rear and side windows all feature PDLC (Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal) glass, which is operated by users tapping on the glass, providing instant privacy and shade from the exterior environment.

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NEXT-GENERATION CONNECTIVITY, SEAMLESS PERSONALIZATION

Through its strategic partnership with LeEco, a global Internet company that seamlessly blends devices, content, applications and distribution into a first-of-its kind ecosystem, FF 91 offers the ultimate in-car connectivity. FF EcoSystem integrates users’ digital

lives into FF 91, giving access to the apps and content, while learning user’s preferences over time to create a smarter, more personalized experience.

Creating a FFID account establishes a global profile that travels with users through the FF EcoSystem and remembers personal preferences, such as seating positions, favorite music and movies, ideal temperatures, and driving style settings to ensure users have a consistent experience across the FF EcoSystem powered by multiple in-car modems.

FF is also introducing advanced facial recognition technology – called Arrival Interface – allowing drivers and passengers to unlock the car without a key. A camera installed in the B-pillar between front and back seats can accurately identify the user’s face to grant vehicle entry. Similarly, interior cameras use this technology to recognize users and automatically adjust interior settings to their preferences. FF 91 can not only recognize faces, but also facial expressions and moods it uses to auto-prompt an experience to match, using music, temperature, scent, content, massage and more. Users’ facial recognition data is saved natively and securely in the vehicle.

In addition to adjusting interior preferences via facial recognition or mobile device connectivity, FF 91 is the first car where you don’t need a key. The keyless welcoming system recognizes users as they approach the vehicle, greets users by opening the door and proactively adjusting to customized FFID settings inside. Similarly, the FFCTRL app allows users to customize and control their in-vehicle experience, get real time vehicle status reports, summon your vehicle, and more.

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INTELLIGENT SAFETY

FF 91 will be the first production vehicle to feature retractable 3D lidar, a critical component to FF’s multi-layer redundancy features for autonomous driving. Lidar is part of a complex sensor system including 10 high definition cameras, 13 long and short range radars and 12 ultrasonic sensors. FF 91 possesses significantly more sensors compared to other vehicles, and industry-leading computing power to quickly extract data from all those sensors and correct driving decisions.

The standard rearview mirror has been replaced by a high definition display that merges the live feed from the side mirrors and rearview camera into a single, seamless image. The camera’s strategic placement provides a much better vantage point of what’s surrounding the vehicle, virtually eliminating blind spots. Combined with the views from the exterior mirror cameras, the overall system improves safety by creating a wider exterior field of vision from inside FF 91.

The Driverless Valet parking feature enables FF 91 to park itself after the driver has exited the vehicle. Powered by the FFCTRL app, drivers can also summon the vehicle from its parking spot or schedule a pick up at a desired time and location. Today, the system is capable of parking FF 91 in private parking lots and roads. As legislation

advances to allow for public use of this technology, FF 91 will be able to park itself anywhere users go.

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RESERVATIONS START NOW

FF will begin accepting reservations for FF 91 through the company’s newly redesigned website, FF.com.

The first 300 orders will have the opportunity to upgrade to an exclusive launch series, the Alliance Edition, in March 2017. A portion of the sales proceeds for each Alliance Edition sold will be donated towards an environmental fund which closely aligns with FF’s sustainability efforts. Additionally, the first unit of the FF 91 Alliance Edition will be auctioned at a gala in March. All proceeds from the first Alliance Edition’s auction will also be donated to the environmental fund.

The production of FF 91 is planned to start in 2018.

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KEY SPECIFICATIONS AND FEATURES

Specifications

Acceleration: 0-60 mph in 2.39 seconds

Power: 1050 HP

Range: 378 miles (EPA est.) and over 700 km (NEDC est.)

Charging Speed: More than 500 miles per hour

ADAS Sensor Suite: 13 long and short range radars, 12 ultrasonic sensors, 10 high definition cameras, 1 3D retractable lidar

Length: 206.7”/ 5250mm

Wheelbase: 126" / 3200mm

Width: 89.9" / 2283mm

Height 62.9” / 1598mm

Features

Facial Recognition Technology

Driverless Valet Parking Feature: FF 91 can park itself

True Keyless Entry: first car where you don’t need a key

First class experience: NASA-inspired zero gravity seats offer industry leading rear seat reclining position

Best in class high-speed internet on the road

FFID: global user profile that travels with the user through the FF Ecosystem

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ABOUT FARADAY FUTURE

Faraday Future is a user-centric, advanced mobility company with headquarters in Southern California. Our global team leverages the talents of leading thinkers and

passionate creators from the technology and automotive industries to bring premium, intuitive, and seamlessly connected electric vehicles to people worldwide.

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