The race to build the ultimate electric car has grabbed a lot of ink – but has not quite provided the great thrills generally associated with futuristic automobile innovation. But the California-based, China-backed Faraday Future unveiled its FF 91 at CES in Las Vegas this week, to really rather a lot of oohs and aahs.
The upstart company is focused entirely on electric vehicles, and so stands as a serious competitor to Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors – which has partly dazzled the public via the charismatic carryings-on of its high-profile founder (including an appearance in a recent episode of The Simpsons.). Faraday, on the other hand, merely trotted out Senior VP of Product R&D Nick Sampson, who waved off a year of worrying reports about the company’s finances, while trumpeting the virtues of its new showpiece.
“It’s not just a vaporware Batmobile to create attention,” he insisted, “but day one of a new era of mobility. The first of a new species.”
Indeed, the sexy, strikingly designed FF 91 is equipped with 1050 horsepower, and goes from 0-60 in…no kidding…2.39 seconds. It will also go 350+ miles on a single charge.
Availability is scheduled for the 2018 model year. The price tag? $180,00.