Faraday Future Shows Off Its FFZERO1 At This Weekends Formula E In Long Beach...but more importantly was the teaser behind it!
Everyone remembers Faraday Future's big splash into the electric vehicle segment.
The media blitz started, an announced billion dollar factory investment in Las Vegas, comparisons to Tesla were made. Then media invitations to attend Faraday's private debut for its first electric vehicle. The anticipation and hyek surrounding that event reached near Tesla proportions.
People Expected The Next Model S or Model 3 From Faraday In Las Vegas In January...instead they got a design project
And then they showed the car...it was certainly no Tesla Model 3.
It was the FFZERO1 - a high-tech, single seat, ~1,000 HP concept car that someone around the office had sketched up earlier "one of the designers was doodling on a crazy performance car looking thing".
Basically it was everything that nobody wanted, and Faraday Future squandered a big opportunity to impress.
At the event, the company did take the time to map out plans for a future production vehicles, scheduled to arrive in a "couple years" time, and explain its innovative VPA electric vehicle program (Variable Platform Architecture) – which is basically a plug-in skateboard platform that can morph into any form necessary.
Another Shot Of The FFZERO1 From The "E Village" (InsideEVs/Warren M)
With this VPA architecture (video presentation below) Faraday could easily add or subtract range, have multiple drive configurations, allow for front, rear or AWD, etc. And those are the vehicles that are promised to be coming shortly from Faraday Future.
“The VPA will enable FF to minimize production costs, deliver exceptional quality and safety, dramatically increase its speed to market, and could easily support a range of vehicle types and sizes. FF applied the high performance FFZERO1 Concept to the VPA in order to maximize the platform’s potential and showcase its flexibility.”
Unfortunately, no one could hear what anyone was saying over the disappointment of the FFZERO1, and we filed them away to the back of our minds.
Faraday Future Title Sponsors FIA Formula E Long Beach ePrix
This weekend however, Faraday was finally ready to give us a 'new' sneak peek at the future.
While InsideEVs attended the Formula E in Long Beach (a great production btw), an event Faraday Future came on to be a title sponsor of at the last minute, the company showed off a concept teaser sketch of what could be its first mass production car from that facility that is now being built in North Las Vegas from its Formula E show booth.
Although the teaser was just a silhouette highlighting Faraday Future's platform, it has a swoopy shape that says "production".
Will this be Faraday's first EV offering to the people? One thing is for sure, they can't show it off soon enough!