Faraday Future's 1,000 horsepower concept car leaked ahead of CES reveal

By Shawn Knight ยท 20 replies
Jan 4, 2016
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  1. Faraday Future, the mysterious Chinese-backed startup set to unveil its concept car at a media event later this evening at CES, may have just had the wind taken out of its sails.

    Twitter user @superannuation claims to have stumbled upon a prematurely-released app from Faraday Future (the app has since been pulled from the App Store but not before screenshots were captured). Presumably, Faraday Future intended for the app's launch to coincide with its concept reveal. Whoops.

    Assuming the images here are legit (independent sources confirmed to International Business Times UK that this is the real deal), Faraday Future's concept is, well, very futuristic. Some in the media are noting its resemblance to the Batmobile although personally, it loosely reminds me of the Jaguar XJ220 or maybe the 1986 Chevrolet Corvette Indy Concept.

    Slides indicate it's powered by a "Quad Core drive" with over 1,000 horsepower, capable of propelling the machine from 0-60 mph in less than three seconds and achieving a top speed of over 200 mph.

    One of the slides also mentions "customizable modular battery string technology" which could be the most intriguing news (and what's most likely to make it into a consumer product).

    It's worth reiterating that this is simply a concept and won't reflect what will be sold to the public come 2017. The consumer model will, however, share its "core design DNA" and perhaps several of the ideas or features from the concept.

    Faraday Future's CES media event is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. PST.

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  2. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,738   +3,757

  3. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,325   +1,427

    That looks retarded, I'd at the very least take a tesla over that. Hell, a 918 Spyder is probably cheaper than that ugly POS.

    And what the **** is a quad core drive? Are they using computer marketing buzzwords to help sell an electric car?
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  4. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,350   +1,999

    Looks like a poor knock off to the old bat-mobile, but only one seat? I don't see impressing a date with that thing not to mention where you're going to carry a few bags of groceries ...... and they wonder why their stock market took such a beating to day .... sheeeezzzzeeeeeeee
  5. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,021   +2,550

    Well, Elon Musk decided to ruin Nicolai Tesla's good name. Now it would seem, the Chinese government has chosen to ruin Michael Faraday's. :https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Faraday

    Posting such nonsense as a "1000 horsepower electric motor", is almost utter nonsense. Electric motors don't develop their full power at running RPM, they develop it when they're stalled. If that monstrosity needs 1000 HP to power it on the highway, you better get a long, long, long extension cord to power it.

    The horsepower produced at stall, (and the attendant current inrush necessary to overcome a stalled condition), are the reason for large capacitors placed in the circuits of electric motors designed for use in air conditioners and air compressors.

    Without these storage capacitors to supply extra current, your air conditioner likely wouldn't start, or would simply blow a fuse.

    And yes kidz, a battery powered system, offers the same type start up current availability as a capacitor/ AC line system.

    So, the rated horsepower of an electric motor's spec, are as easily abused as those of a "hi-fi" amplifier's output wattage.
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  6. Radical

    Radical TS Enthusiast Posts: 52   +34

    I hope for Faraday Future's sake someone is trolling the internet with this. I really just don't believe anyone in 2016 would create a car like this and expect people not to laugh.
  7. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,729   +3,703

    There is someone somewhere that would pay 10 Million for this. Simply because that is a price tag that few could spend. Looks is irrelevant, when it comes to look what I bought!
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  8. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    I wonder if Lewis Hamilton will take this heap for a spin through the streets of Monte Carlo and turd it just like he did his Pagani...
  9. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Does this mean you guys are less than impressed? ;)
  10. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,681   +1,080

    might be 3 seats. It's kind of hard to tell. I know that there was a consumer model of the F1 (I don't remember the exact name) and it has three seats in a triangular fashion.
  11. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,021   +2,550

    When I saw this car's picture, I immediately flashed back to the Atlantic City Boardwalk during the late 50's. GM had a store front on the Steel Pier, and they would show their best new junk in it, sometimes even concept cars.

    Ah, but that I were 8 1/2 when I first saw the Faraday Thingy. I probably would have pooped my pants from sheer excitement and joy....:oops:

    (Phew, so that's what "shock and awe" smells like).

    Anyhoo, an image search for that GM booth, turned up this gem:

    Most likely, that old girl probably made it to the Steel Pier display, but not much further...
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2016
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  12. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,828   +633

    Quad Core Drive = 4 electric motors, one in each wheel, why is this so hard to interpret, it's pretty damn obvious to me when you think electric car with 1000 claimed HP. A single 1000 HP would be massive and heavy, even two 500 HP units are rather large, using four 250 HP units, one in each wheel makes the most sense, better weight distribution, more control of where and how your sending power to each wheel.

    0-60 Time is believable given it's likelihood of being a AWD, even it's top speed is in the realm of believably.

    The last thing, customizable modular battery string technology, this is up in the air to me, perhaps you could interchange the batteries or reconfigure them somehow to provide either better range or better top end performance. Other wise I wouldn't see the point in removing half the batteries for no real reason, this will need further clarification.

    But, unfortunately it looks like ****, and it's being made by the Chinese, will cost too much, those who buy it will never drive it the way it was intended, the list goes on. Who knows what the designers were thinking really. Any word of a functioning prototype?
  13. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,377   +286

    Meh and also, hi batmobil!
  14. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,377   +286

    that one is quite pretty 8/10, wud bang!
  15. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 1,935   +764

  16. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Faraday is building a manufacturing plant here in North Las Vegas... about 3 miles from me
  17. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

  18. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,021   +2,550

    Well, "concept cars" and Lamborghinis all look alike to me. They look like they won't make it over the first pothole they come to. Unless somehow ground clearance is available at extra cost. :oops:
  19. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Well, I'll be able to tour their facility when it is completed, and I'll ask that question. Did you look at the video? It was on our local TV the day before the start of CES. You had to be invited to CES it was not open to the general public
  20. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,021   +2,550

    Now I feel somewhat remiss and guilty because I have to say, "well no, I didn't".

    This is possibly because it makes no sense to me to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a car which will go 200 MPH, but not roll over a pothole without ruining the undercarriage.

    Anyhoo, "North Las Vegas" is the right place to build and market such a beast. A casino, (or 2 or 3), could give one away as a "grand slot machine jackpot". (Set the car's "cash selling price" at wherever you think the public is gullible enough to believe).

    With a car such as this with "1000 horsepower" on board, it would seem that much sooner than expected, the old adage about gas mileage will need to be updated; "Yep, this baby passes everything but the charging stations".:eek:
  21. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Yes, this is a race car and not a family sedan or an everyday vehicle. I think once they settle in and build economical everyday electrics with adjustable ground clearance, prices will fall far below todays gas engine cars

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