Things About Faraday Future Concept Electric Car’s 1,000 Horsepower

The startup company Faraday Future unveiled its concept electric car FFZero1 during CES 2016 in January. Regarding the powertrain, there are four Quad Core Motors outputting >1,000 HP, resulting in 0-60 mph acceleration within 3 seconds and a top speed over 200 mph.

The specs will put FFZeor1 in the 1,000-HP supercar club, which is all about power and speed. listed a Top 5 of such cars.

That list included Agera R with 1,100 HP from a twin-turbo 5L V8 engine, 0-62 mph acceleration in 2.9 seconds and a top speed over 245 mph. There is Zenvo ST1 with 1,100 HP from a twincharged 7L V8 engine, 0-62 mph acceleration in 3.0 seconds and a top speed of 233 mph limited electronically. There is Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse convertible with 1,200 HP from a 7.9L W16 engine with 4 enlarged trubochargers, 0-62 mph acceleration in 2.4 seconds and a top speed of 255 mph. There is Hennessey Venom GT with 1,200 HP from a 7L twin-turbo V8 engine, 0-60 mph acceleration in 2.7 seconds and a top speed of 278 mph. There is SSC Ultimate Aero with 1,287 HP from a 6.3L twin-turbo V8 engine, 0-60 mph acceleration in 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 256 mph.

Interestingly, it was reported that another company Techrules will show a concept electric car powered by a battery pack and a turbine at the upcoming Geneva Auto Show. The total power is 1,030 HP and the car can go 1,242 miles on a charge.

Talking about speed, Formula One cars can do 0-62 mph acceleration in 1.7 seconds! We may see the return of 1,000 HP engines to the race in the next years. NASCAR cars are pretty fast too. They can top 200 mph with V8 naturally aspirated engines outputting 850 HP. Starting from 2015 Sprint Cup Series, the power is reduced to 725 HP.

Formula E is the electric version of Formula One. The open-wheel electric cars are equipped with 28 kWh battery packs. The maximum power is 270 HP. The 0-62 mph acceleration takes 3 seconds and the top speed is 140 mph.

Regarding 0-60 mph acceleration in <3 seconds, the all-electric Tesla Model S P85D can do that as well – 2.8 seconds. The power of the car is 691 HP. The battery pack is 85 kWh. So the pulse discharge current is 6C (or the power-to-energy ratio is 6). Considering it is a full-size sedan weighted at 2,190 kg, the acceleration is really impressive.

FFZero1’s 1,000 HP is roughly 50% increase from the 691 HP of Model S P85D, which means the weight of the battery pack can be over three quarters of a ton, 50% heavier than Models S P85D battery pack. This huge mass may not be favorable to a supercar, so a better-performing battery technology certainly will help.

It is interesting to note that SSC in 2009 planned to build an electric car version of Ultimate Aero with 1,000 HP from twin electric motors, 0-60 mph acceleration in 2.5 seconds and a top speed of 208 mph. However, the model never went into production. Can it be good timing to give it another try soon?

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