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Having survived series of substantial growing pains during 2016, EV startup company Faraday Future finally revealed a pre-production version of its production vehicle: the FF91. A high-end, quasi-crossover that has the Tesla Model S in its crosshairs, the FF91 is said to blend luxury, connectivity and performance. Prime on that list is the claim to hit 60 mph in 2.39 seconds – a new world record mark for EVs – while offering an EPA estimated per-charge range of 378 miles.

1,050 horsepower

Built around the firm’s Variable Platform Architecture that will serve as the foundation of all upcoming models, the FF 91 is slightly larger than a Mercedes-Benz S-Class and has a generous 126-inch wheelbase. It’s fitted with a 130 kWh lithium-ion battery pack co-developed with LG Chem that Faraday Future says has the world’s highest energy density. Compact and scalable, the pack is integrated into the FF91’s floor and drives a “multi-motor” array that produces1,050 horsepower and 1,328 lb-ft of total motor shaft torque. The FF91 also features the company’s patented Echelon Inverter and 4-wheel steering with torque vectoring while offering all-wheel drive as an option. Beyond conventional 110V/240V charging capabilities, the FF91 can use DC Fast Charging at up to 200 kW – which the company says gives 500 miles of range in one hour.

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Faraday Future says the FF91’s exterior was designed to optimize aerodynamics, which is reflected by the car’s 0.25 coefficient of drag. The wind cheating efforts extend to its 22-inch Aerologic wheels that feature their own active aero elements. Full LED lighting arrays around the vehicle are designed to create patterns that can communicate in various ways with those outside, including indicating when it’s operating in full autonomous mode. Using facial recognition technology and Faraday Future’s trick FFID global user profile that can be easily transferred to any other FF91, this new EV also automatically opens each of its doors at the touch of a button.

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The FF91’s cabin offers 151 cu ft of total space. While providing limited details at the reveal, Faraday Future execs noted the car features NASA-inspired Zero Gravity seats and that executive-style rear seating offers 60 degrees of recline as well as massage and heating/cooling features. The firm also promises the FF91 will offer the best connectivity regardless of user platform as well as class-leading high-speed internet. Finally, an array of cameras and sensors automatically adjust various in-vehicle settings to match the driver’s programmed FFID preferences while the panoramic roof and windows in the FF91 have PDLC (Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal) glass, which can be instantly darkened by a mere tap.

Full autonomous capability

While the Faraday Future FF91 should be extremely engaging for anyone behind the wheel, it also boasts an autonomous driving package consisting of 13 long- and short-range radars, 12 ultrasonic sensors, 10 high definition cameras, and one 3D retractable LIDAR unit which is mounted in the hood.

Based in Southern California, Faraday Future will begin taking orders for the FF91 in March with “estimated deliveries to start in 2018.” No final price has been announced but expect the FF91 to open in six figures with the first 300 “Alliance Edition” launch models being somewhat pricier. The next, and equally critical, step is for Faraday Future to complete construction of its factory outside of Las Vegas, Nevada.

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