The Los Angeles-area company Faraday Future has revealed a driverless electric car that it claims can speed up from zero to 60mph (97km/h) in 2.39 seconds.
Faraday announced that its FF91 accelerates faster than Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) Model S or any other electric car in production.
The car was displayed at the CES tech show in Las Vegas.
Nonetheless Faraday Future has been challenged by the financial problems and one analyst said it had to contest “scepticism” following last year’s CES presentation.
Meanwhile the FF91 was presented via a live demo, in which it drove itself around a car park and backed into an empty space. Also in a pre-recorded footage it was displayed that the car accelerated from standstill to 60mph in 2.39 seconds.
Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) quickest model did the same distance on the same track in 2.5 seconds.
Late in the exhibition, however, there was a stroppy moment when Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting tried to show the car’s self-parking function on stage in front of the audience.
This time, the vehicle remained motionless.
Mr Jia is chief executive of LeEco – a Chinese video-on-demand and smartphone-maker – which has invested in Faraday.
“OK, it seems like it’s a little bit lazy tonight,” said Faraday senior vice president Nick Sampson, as the car refused to respond. It eventually complied later when they made a second attempt.
Meanwhile Faraday said in a statement that the car will be launched in 2018. To pre-order, applicants will need to provide a refundable $5,000 down-payment.
This latest update arrives a year after the firm’s first press conference, where it displayed a futuristic-looking concept vehicle. Several critics slated it at the time for failing to give more detail about what it was actually working on.
Furthermore Potential buyers were told they would be able to connect to the future car via a virtual “FFID” account. Mr Sampson explained, doing that would make it possible to share data – such as movies or route plans to the car from PC’s, for instance.