At this year's CES, Faraday Future unveiled their highly anticipated electric vehicle - the FF 91. The FF91 is their first production vehicle, and the company plans for it to compete directly with Tesla.
However, the company is struggling with certain financial problems for a while now and although the production of the FF 91 is planned for 2018, we will see if the company will stick with that schedule.
The electric car has attracted a lot of interest, and the company announced that in only 36 hours they have collected 64,124 reservations.
Croatian Rimac Automobili has already shown their supremacy against Ferrari's LaFerrari, but now they have decided to show what the electric Concept One can do against a Bugatti Veyron, which is still considered the world's fastest production car.
The race took place in Croatia, near the Rimac factory and although the Veyron has 1200 HP and can go up to 431 km/h (268 mph), the Concept One won.
The weather conditions weren't exactly perfect since it was -5 C, so the Bugatti had a hard time to launch properly, and the Concept One was at 20% battery State of Charge, so it didn't have full power available.
Earlier this week Faraday Future unveiled their highly anticipated electric vehicle - the FF 91. At the launch, the company gave some pretty interesting numbers about the car including the fact that it has 1,050 horsepower and can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 2.39 seconds, which is faster than Tesla's Model S 9100D.
Production of the FF 91 is planned to start in 2018, but reservations have already opened. During their event, Faraday Future stated that everyone interested in the car could make the reservations by depositing $5,000, which are fully refundable.
And it seems that there are a lot of people interested in Faraday Future's first production car. In only 36 hours, the company collected 64,124 reservations. Although the numbers aren't as impressive as Tesla's whose Model 3 got 232,000 reservations in 24 hours, it's a huge success for the company.
CES 2017 - Faraday Future has finally unveiled their highly anticipated electric vehicle - the FF 91. The FF91 is their first production vehicle, and the company plans for it to compete directly with Tesla.
The company teased their first electric vehicle in the month leading up to the official launch, and one of the most interesting things they showed was that the car could beat Tesla's Model S P100D, the quickest production car in the world. Now, the numbers have confirmed that the new sheriff is in town - Faraday Future's FF 91 beats Tesla's car by a bit.
Tesla's Model S P100D Ludicrous mode can achieve 0 to 60 mph acceleration in 2.5 seconds, which is quite impressive. Faraday Future beats that just by bit since their car can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 2.39 seconds.
LeEco has been on a quite precarious ground as of late, partially because their CEO is having issues with some of his other startups, including Faraday Future, an electric car company in the US. However, Faraday Future and LeSee the car division of LeEco are not the same company although the technology in LeSee has been developed by Faraday.
There have been many doubts about Faraday Future's capabilities and future as a company since they have yet to release a product. However, LeEco is still moving forward with their $3 billion electric car factory in China. This is after the company's own CEO Jia Yueting admitted that perhaps LeEco has overextended itself across too many markets. As of right now LeEco makes phones, TVs, bicycles, VR headsets and cars. All of these markets require significant capital and human resources and it appears that LeEco may have stretched themselves too thinly.
In September, LeEco got $1 billion to bring its electric and self-driving cars to the Chinese market, but still falls short of the $3 billion necessary to complete the factory. That also doesn't account the funds Jia or his investors will need to also get Faraday Future on track to deliver a car and not implode before they finish their development for LeEco's LeSee car.
Tesla recently released its new Autopilot v8.0 technology in September, with the company teasing its new radar processing technology that was pushed out over-the-air to all of its electric vehicles with the first-gen Autopilot hardware.
This new update allows the system to see ahead of the car in front of you, tracking multiple cars on the road - as it's able to bounce underneath, or around the car in front of the Tesla. There haven't been any videos of this taking place, but unfortunately - today it happened, and for the Tesla Model S owner Hans Noorsdij had his vehicle avoid an accident for him.
Tesla's Autopilot Forward Collision Warning can be heard sending an alert out for something, and less than a second later a massive accident happens, with the Model S coming to a safe, and to a not-so-abrupt stop. Amazingly, everyone "turned out to be OK" after the accident - even with the SUV rolling over. We now have an amazing demonstration of what Tesla's still-early-days Autopilot technology is capable of in the real-world.
If there's one thing that electric cars need, it's faster charging - and it looks like that's in the immediate future for Tesla Motors. Elon Musk, or the real life Tony Stark, has teased that the next generation is Superchargers will be pushing somewhere above 350kW.
Musk fielded some questions over Twitter, Fred Lambert suggesting that Supercharger V3 will have 350kW output - but Musk had the reply of a lifetime, teasing: "A mere 350 kW ... what are you referring to, a children's toy?". If Tesla does indeed hit a doubling in power output, charging up their growing family of electric cars could be faster than ever before.
We could be looking at a stop at the service station, or a specific carpark, being able to charge your Tesla electric vehicle in minutes - impressive stuff.
Tesla's Gigafactory is looking pretty amazing, as new drone footage shows. The footage was taken by Matthew Roberts and posted to YouTube.
The footage was recorded using a DJI Phantom 3 Professional and it shows views of the construction process in Ultra HD 4K.
It looks like Tesla is busy finishing what is going to be world's largest building by physical area once done.
It's no news that Elon Musk likes to add Easter Eggs in the Tesla's software - from Mario Kart animation in Autopilot to making your Model S submersible (although only on the control panel, for now).
The latest Easter Egg, reported by Jason Hughes, is probably the best one so far and I can only imagine Musk smiling when thinking of this on. We all know about Musk's plans to colonize Mars.
Faraday Future keeps teasing their upcoming electric car that they will unveil on January 3rd in Las Vegas. So far, we saw a couple of photos that give us an idea of what to expect.
We learned that they aren't going for a conventional design and that Faraday Future decided to ditch the side view mirrors and instead install cameras.
However, the latest trailer posted on their YouTube page shows something much more interesting than the design. According to the footage, Faraday Future's first production vehicle is faster than Tesla's Model S P100D.