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Faraday Future Unveils 1,000-Horsepower 'Batmobile' Electric Car at CES

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By    |   Wednesday, 06 Jan 2016 09:05 AM

Faraday Future's 1,000-horsepower electric car turned heads during its debut Monday ahead of the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas as it drew comparisons to the Batmobile.

"Hundreds of media" members attended the Faraday Future launch Monday as the company showed off its "sleek, silver-and-black Batmobile-esque" electric car called the FFZERO1, the Los Angeles Times reported. The car can reportedly go from zero to 60 miles per hour in less than three seconds and reach speeds of more than 200 mph.

Faraday's head of global design Richard Kim said the concept vehicle was a "high-performance electric dream car" designed to "fight ugliness," according to the Times. The company's website touts the FFZERO1's look.

"The FFZERO1 concept vehicle is a test bed and a parallel study from which our design and engineering teams continue to draw inspiration and solutions for our future range of clean, intuitive electric vehicles," the website said.

"Our goal was to build a car with a sixth sense for its driver's intentions and needs — one with adaptive personalization, seamless transfer of custom vehicle configurations, access to live images, and real time data visualization."

Nick Sampson, a senior vice president at Faraday, said the company's approach to car engineering, called "variable platform architecture," gives the vehicle its performance, Forbes magazine reported.

"In a short video, the company explained that its battery is designed on a 'string' that allows the company to add or remove batteries based on the layout of the engine, powertrain, wheels or any other internal part," the magazine said. "The details of this approach still aren't entirely clear, but the company promises it's going to let the company move a lot faster than Tesla ever did."

Sampson said that the company's first commercial vehicles will be "more approachable" when it begins production in a couple of years.

AutoBlog.com writer Steven J. Ewing wrote that he was not convinced about some of the company's claims about its concept vehicle.

"[Faraday Future] even says this car is — again, hypothetically — fully autonomous, both on and off the racetrack," he wrote. "We'll believe it when we see one flying around a circuit with the driver leaned back, reading a newspaper."

Faraday is supported by Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting, the founder and chief executive officer of LeTV, at times referred to as the "Netflix of China." Sampson acknowledged that relationship Monday.

"While Faraday and LeTV are two separate companies, we're working together on various elements of vehicle development," Sampson said, according to Forbes.

He also compared Faraday Future to Apple and its impact on the cellphone industry.

"Apple didn't just redefine the phone, it transformed the way we communicate, organize and enjoy our lives," he said Monday. "That is what we at Faraday are looking to do. We're looking to the future, seeking opportunities and working to bring them to life to help redefine the world of mobility."

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