Faraday Future’s Design DNA, the FFZERO1

Kicking off CES 2016 the start-up electric car company unveils a concept race car

Already working nights and weekends on their first production vehicle, Faraday Future’s product creation chiefs—Richard Kim, Design and Nick Sampson, Engineering—took on another project; the FFZERO1, a concept race car. At other automotive companies the concepts come before the production vehicles, but there’s nothing typical about Faraday. They’re a true California start up working on bringing an electric car to market three times faster than …

Test Drive: McLaren 650S Spider

A weekend behind the wheel and loving every nanosecond

by Michael Frank There is a moment while I’m driving the $285,000, 642-horsepower McLaren 650S Spider that physically hurts. The car is hurtling fluidly around a corner with so much tenacity and grip that I can feel the g-forces bending against my body, tugging my sinew one direction while the British-built supercar scratches with all its might and muscle to arc through a narrow bend …

Interview: McLaren Automotive Chief Designer Robert Melville

The designer speaks about function, aerodynamics and experimentation

by Michael Frank McLaren is a race car company that has slowly morphed into making cars for consumers. The present-day voices behind the iconic British brand might shed a softer light on this transition, but like Ferrari before it, the driving force for McLaren until recently was Formula One racing. The cars for the street were there to finance racing, period. However the production cars …