Remember Faraday Future? We rode her new electric car, and it wasn’t great

Zoom / In 2015, Faraday Future looked like he could be a worthy competitor to Tesla. In 2022, we’re still waiting for its first EV, the FF91, to be ready in prime time.

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Pebble Beach, CA – In a parking lot next to Peter Hay Hill, two square vehicles sat, blobby. They weren’t attractive, and both looked unusually squat and massive, but there were plenty of loser-looking people who wanted to check them out. One of the cars was a stationary “show car”, and when a man in pink pants and a polo shirt with a pop-up collar tried to find a way to open the door, a specialist lifted him away. Truthfully, even if I could figure out a way to open the doors, there weren’t any handles to grab.

Plenty of people rushed down the hill as the most famous automakers set up to stop and stare at a pair of pre-production FF91 vehicles, one giving rides around the building in Pebble Beach traffic – mingling with Koeniseggs, McLarens and Ferraris – and the other massive across two parking spaces. Cars, with doors on the passenger side open to pedestrians.

The oddly shaped car stood out in a sea of ​​low-hanging supercars crawling across the fog-shrouded rural Pebble Beach peninsula. Both show and test cars were white, so they looked like refrigerators in a sea of ​​praying mantis. I waited while another journalist drove around the block in the pre-production portable FF91, the first and only car from the beleaguered California startup Faraday Future.

Riding in FF91

When it was my turn to jump, the suicide doors opened and the driver offered to let me sit in the back, where there were a pair of Barcelona lounge-style seats in various states of comfort.

The rear passenger seat was sharply bent forward, while the seat behind the driver was almost flat. I chose the front passenger seat, where a widescreen touchscreen attached to the dashboard sat and offered several streaming services that you can watch within a short drive around the block around the Lodge at Pebble Beach.

In the center of the dashboard sat another large vertical touchscreen. Here, the driver and passenger can control everything in the car. The driver allowed me to reset the rear seats to more comfortable and natural positions using the main touch screen as there are no seat controls in the back or front.

Lucid and Faraday Future have tried incorporating business-class aircraft seats into the back of their electric cars.  Neither of them has been entirely successful so far.
Zoom / Lucid and Faraday Future have tried incorporating business-class aircraft seats into the back of their electric cars. Neither of them has been entirely successful so far.

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None of the controls worked, and a friend who came with me on the ride had to sit with her knees almost touching her chest in the seat folded forward without the seat belt buckled because the latch is buried somewhere between the armrest and seat. The rear passenger seat on the driver’s side was also unresponsive when I tried to make it straighter, so the Specialist marked with us relaxed more horizontally. It was funny and weird.

As we set off, we got behind a golf cart on the way to the lodge, FF91’s ride was smooth but unremarkable. The driver suggested I lower the rear-passenger wide screen, using the main vertical touchscreen in the center of the dashboard. At the top of the infotainment screen, you have options for quick settings, doors, power, lights, and settings. I chose fast, then found the toggle button for the back seat view. The car’s rooftop display fell sluggishly from the roof, partially hanging about three-quarters of the way down. It finally lowered the entire road after a moment, and the driver quickly raised it back up.

Once we got off the lodge grounds and turned into traffic, the driver offered to “punch” it to show the car’s power, but from the passenger seat, the acceleration shot was a disappointment. The car felt heavy and sluggish, especially considering Faraday says the car has 1,050 horsepower (783 kW) and goes from 0 to 60 mph in 2.39 seconds. Faraday spokesmen also said that the FF91 will have an EPA-rated range of about 350 to 400 miles (563-643 km), but it won’t reveal any information about the battery or the battery partner at the event.