Faraday Future FFZero1
The Faraday Future FFZero1 concept looks like the result of an artistically-gifted child’s overactive imagination. But then so did the Rimac, and Faraday Future is making all the right noises behind the scenes.
Designer Richard Kim is the man behind the BMW i3 and i8, the company has poached staff from Tesla and BMW, and it has 550 staff working at the company now. It has also started work on a $1 billion factory near Las Vegas.
Then there’s the owner, the obscenely rich Jia Yueting. Known as the Chinese Steve Jobs, Yueting’s empire spans everything from Smart TVs to bicycles and mobile phones. His holding company is worth more than $15 billion, he’s personally good for $7.9 billion and he has now set his sights on becoming China’s Elon Musk.
Faraday is just one part of the all-electric assault. LeEco is working on an autonomous luxury taxiand a partnership with Aston Martin to create an electric production version of the Rapide. It’s a complete collection and it needs a halo car.
That’s the FFZero1 and, in some form or another, it’s going to happen. It will be a toned down version of this madcap concept. It will have more than one seat, and it won’t hug the ground quite like this, or else it won’t clear the kerb. The sharp edges on the front end might need filing off and we’re not sure the helmet that delivers water and force feeds oxygen to the driver will make it through the planning stages either.
It should be good for 200mph, though. It should have downforce to spare and it should be a modern hypercar that footballers and movie stars are falling over themselves to buy.
FFZero1 also has another problem. The Rimac One is already here and the problem with a halo car is that it can’t be ‘quite good’. It has to be the best, so look for something truly memorable, with a price tag to match, when it finally hits the road.
If there’s change from $1 million, it will be more shocking than this car’s cornering speed.