wooriegi found posted something rather rare at the Cohort: the one and only FF91, a “Gamma” prototype of a very high end ($300k) EV that Faraday Future has been struggling to get to production for some years now. The ups and down of the company has been a roller coaster ride, and I’m not going to rehash it all here.
But things are looking up. FF is merging with a SPAC, which should yield one billion dollars in fresh cash (two billion have already been spent since its founding back in 2014). In addition to a lot of other glitzy specs (1050 hp; 0-60 in 2.39 sec, and all the electronic goodies one can imagine), what most interests me about the FF91 is its basic body shape, proportions and size. It’s the future shape of the car, no less, at least in my humble opinion. It’s tall (62.9″) without being stuck overtly in the crossover look. The cab-forward body allows it to have a huge interior, directly competitive with the top end sedans like Rolls-Royce and Bentley, but without aping any of their traditional luxury design cues.
The FF91 may not have a viable future, but I’m convinced that its body configuration does.
Here’s the back seats, fit for a king and queen. Obviously the quality of the materials and features are requisite for a $300k car, but there’s no reason the proportions, with the resulting luxurious interior space can’t be adapted to sedans in the typical high end class. If Lexus had built its new LS with these proportions, they might have something bold and new to compete more effectively against the Germans.
First class comfort.
The cab forward proportions and resulting huge interior space are possible because like most EVs, the batteries are under the floor. As I see it, the revolution in EV body shapes and improvements in interior packaging is comparable to the similar changes that took place in the 1930s, when rear engine cars like the Tatra created a drastically larger and roomier cabin by moving the whole drive train to the rear, and moving the passenger compartment significantly forward, compared to the conventional cars of the time.
Ultimately, cars are conveyances, and the manner in which they convey us, in terms of their accommodations, space, comfort and convenience will inevitably improve as technology and forward thinking consign the outdated longer, lower, wider format to the ash heap of history.
Here’s a recent (6/18/2021) interview with the current CEO of Faraday Future. Based on that, its future looks brighter than at any point in its past.