The CES talk of the day wasn't some kind of hot new gadget but the new batmobile-like supercar from Faraday Future. This US-based electric car startup is backed by a Chinese investor and hopes to compete in the supercar market. The FFZero1 concept car was revealed at CES 2016, some are calling it a Tesla rival but this single-seat 1,000hp race car is clearly focusing on a different target audience.
The car features a modular architecture with a string of battery packs run along the base of the case, allowing the manufacturer to expand or contract the wheelbase on a whim. Additionally, there's also support for between one and four motors, depending on the model. The FFZero1 is packed with sensors and Internet connectivity, and promises to deliver varying levels of autonomous driving.
As well as the single seat, the fact that the Zero1 is a concept car has enabled its designer, Richard Kim, to let his imagination run wild. For instance, the vehicle has an all-white interior that you'd never find on a production whip. In addition, the engineer consulted with NASA to learn that the seating position should be 45-degrees, apparently the perfect angle for driver comfort. The steering wheel has a smartphone built into the center and the headrest has a port baked into the back that pumps air and water into the driver's crash helmet. You'll spot a jutting line that runs along the contours of the car -- it's called the "UFO Line" and will become a defining feature of all Faraday Future's futur... forthcoming rides.
Don't expect Faraday Future cars anytime soon though, the firm has only been in existence for 18 months and isn't expected to deliver its first production model until a couple of years from now.