Faraday Future has unveiled what it claims is the fastest production electric car in the world. The tech start-up company, backed by Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting, says its new FF91 model can accelerate from zero to 60mph in 2.39 seconds – quicker than the McLaren P1 or the Lamborghini Aventador.
That speed would also top the acceleration of Tesla’s Model S – currently the world’s fastest production electric car.
Unveiling the FF91 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Faraday Future executive vice president Nick Sampson said the model is “the first of a new species”.
He said: “This is day one of a new era of mobility.
“We don’t have to follow outdated practices or retrofit existing equipment…we have to flip the auto industry on its head.”
Faraday Future did not reveal the price of the FF91, but said consumers could put down a $5,000 (£4,075) deposit for the car in 2018.
Mr Sampson said the vehicle will offer an estimated 378 miles (604 km) of range before it needs recharging, based on US testing standards.
However, based on European testing standards its range is 435 miles (700km), he said.
Faraday Future says the FF91 will come with a semi-autonomous mode for self-parking, as well as multiple modems to connect to the internet and an interface that will allow each driver and passenger to personalise their own settings.
In recent weeks reports have suggested the tech firm is facing financial difficulties and has missed payments to suppliers.
It comes amid reported cutbacks at Jia Yueting’s Chinese-based technology group LeEco, which is moving into the US market.
Appearing during the launch of the FF91, Mr Jia said he hopes Faraday Future’s project will help the automotive industry become more environmentally friendly.