Company Faraday Future has entered the automotive industry with a high-tech supercar, which runs on a modular battery that can be easily resized for its upcoming vehicle designs.
Faraday Future, revealed the new electric car at the CES technology show in Las Vegas which was set up eight months ago. The revealed prototype of the battery-powered FFZero1 presented new surprising features. The company said its debut model incorporates enough technology for the vehicle to develop a “sixth sense for its driver’s intentions and needs”.
The FFZero1 concept features a new kind of battery structure, comprising cells that are arranged into what the company calls “strings”. Adding or removing these strings changes battery capacity and creates new wheelbases – the distance between the front and rear axles of a vehicle.
This modular system allows the car maker to use the same structure for all its vehicles, altering it depending on the size and power specifications of any given design quickly and cheaply. “Based on those power cells we can create different models and have a different desired range without having to redesign the entire structure.”
This new feature is really important in terms of time, cost and efficiency. Very important facts for the present and future.
The vehicle’s streamlined carbon-fibre exterior is shaped to optimise the way it moves through the air, improving both driving performance and energy efficiency.
A transparent tail fin slotted behind the domed cockpit stretches to the vehicle’s rear. This feature further improves stability when changing direction as well as acting as a digital canvas displaying information such as the battery-charge level, driver name, and track position.
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Air flows through the vehicle’s structure thanks to an aerodynamic tunnel, which cools the battery and motor surfaces. Air flowing through the tunnel also reduces air resistance that improves the vehicle’s top speed.
Inside, the racing car-like cockpit design puts the driver at the centre of the vehicle, seated in what is described as a Zero Gravity Driving Station.
A smartphone connected via a dock in the steering wheel could allow for personalised settings to be uploaded automatically, while real-time information is collected and then projected over the driver’s view of the road.
The FFZero1 marks Faraday Future’s attempt to muscle in on a growing market for all-electric vehicles, currently dominated by Tesla and German manufacturer Audi.
All these features are more that enough to amaze us already. We will have to wait a little longer to see what the future expects.
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