The company said its debut model incorporates enough technology for the vehicle to develop a “sixth sense for its driver’s intentions and needs”.
The FFZero1 concept features a new kind of battery structure, comprising cells that are arranged into what the company calls “strings”. Adding or removing these strings changes battery capacity and creates new wheelbases – the distance between the front and rear axles of a vehicle.
This modular system allows the car maker to use the same structure for all its vehicles, altering it depending on the size and power specifications of any given design quickly and cheaply.
“With Variable Platform Architecture we can add or subtract strings of batteries,” said research chief Nick Sampson – a former engineer at Elon Musk’s electric car company Tesla. “Based on those power cells we can create different models and have a different desired range without having to redesign the entire structure.”
“This is really important in terms of time, cost and efficiency,” he added.
The vehicle’s streamlined carbon-fibre exterior is shaped to optimise the way it moves through the air, improving both driving performance and energy efficiency.
A transparent tail fin slotted behind the domed cockpit stretches to the vehicle’s rear. This feature further improves stability when changing direction as well as acting as a digital canvas displaying information such as the battery-charge level, driver name, and track position.
Air flows through the vehicle’s structure thanks to an aerodynamic tunnel, which cools the battery and motor surfaces. Air flowing through the tunnel also reduces air resistance – known as drag – and therefore improves the vehicle’s top speed, which is claimed to be in excess of 200 miles per hour (321.87 kilometres per hour).
Video showing Faraday Future’s Variable Platform Architecture (VPA), which features a new battery structure arranged into modular strings
Inside, the racing car-like cockpit design puts the driver at the centre of the vehicle, seated in what is described as a Zero Gravity Driving Station.
Inspired by the research of space agency NASA, the driver’s seat is shaped to offer users support against high g-forces. This acts to generate a sense of weightlessness while reducing driver fatigue.
A smartphone connected via a dock in the steering wheel could allow for personalised settings to be uploaded automatically, while real-time information is collected and then projected over the driver’s view of the road.