Faraday Future will reveal its concept vehicle at CES in less than a week, but we don’t have to wait that long to get a quick peek at what’s to come. The automotive startup sent out a tweet with a teaser clip of the company’s first model being piloted around a racing circuit.
There isn’t much else to pick out of the 10-second video, but we do see Faraday’s logo, some carbon-fiber body panels, LED headlights, and a look at the front wheel (moving post-haste).
The setting, aerodynamic elements, and lightweight construction materials suggest that perhaps this concept will preview a sports car rather than an electric sedan (which many automakers are gunning for). Faraday has already gone on record stating that the concept will show its “vision for the future of mobility,” and what’s to say that vision couldn’t be the future of enthusiast performance driving?
— Faraday Future (@FaradayFuture) December 30, 2015
There have been rumors that Faraday’s concept would either be a crossover to rival Audi’s upcoming Q6 e-tron or a sedan to rival Porsche’s upcoming Mission-E and of course Tesla’s Model S. One consistent theme accompanying all the rumors was that semi-autonomous technology would be baked into Faraday’s concept, so it will be interesting to see if this sports car-resembling mystery model brings those systems with it to the CES floor.
And then there’s the powertrain. Though the video doesn’t play a soundtrack of the actual vehicle in motion, if it did, chances are it would be a very quiet one indeed. That’s because Faraday’s concept should debut with an 85 kWh battery-powered electric motor good for a range of 300 miles.
As for the automaker itself, it’s a bit of a mystery as to who has invested in the new enterprise. Some rumors have pointed to Apple’s Project Titan, others to Google, and most to Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting. Whoever has a stake, it’s clear that stakeholder is funding the $1 billion new factory in Las Vegas (coincidentally the same location as the CES Show). Faraday Future now has 500 employees and is rapidly emerging as a credible threat to the existing players in the automotive industry.