Faraday Future, a China-funded, California-based electric-vehicle maker, has finally come out of stealth mode. But it’s not entirely clear what happens next.
Last night, on the eve of the Consumer Electronics Show, the mysterious electric-vehicle company revealed the FFZERO1, a high-performance EV concept car. Faraday Future also confirmed a strategic alliance with LeTV, a Chinese media company known as the “Netflix of China.”
Reports show that LeTV is eager to unseat Tesla in the U.S. automotive market and make a big EV play in Asia.
But rather than showcase a car designed for city roads and everyday consumers, Faraday released a vehicle designed for the racetrack. The FFZERO1 boasts 1,000 horsepower, a 0-60 mph time of less than 3 seconds, and a top speed of over 200 mph.
The sleek single-seat vehicle is equipped with several nifty design features, such as a long glass roof, aero tunnels to reduce drag, an instrument panel to collect biometric data on the driver, and a helmet that feeds the driver water and air.
A smartphone embedded in the steering wheel is another key design element. A major focus of the Faraday-LeTV partnership is to create “seamless connectivity” between consumers’ phones, homes and cars. Faraday executives have hinted at launching a program where consumers “subscribe” to a vehicle service, rather than own a vehicle outright.