Skip to main content

Faraday Future's autonomous CES concept stars in new teaser clip ahead of debut

Faraday-Teaser Clip
Faraday Future CES Concept Image used with permission by copyright holder
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?

Our concept reveal is in 5 days at #CES2016. Watch live at 8pm PST on Jan 4: #CarOfConcepts

— 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.

Editors' Recommendations

Miles Branman
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Miles Branman doesn't need sustenance; he needs cars. While the gearhead gene wasn't strong in his own family, Miles…
Faraday Future FF91 first drive: Raw power
Faraday Future FF91

There's a moment behind the wheel of the Faraday Future FF91 when it hits you: The sheer shock of 1,050 horsepower, the instant acceleration of an electric motor that can take you from a standstill to 60 mph in 2.3 seconds.

For me, it happened at around 50 mph on the streets of Las Vegas on Sunday, the day before CES 2020 officially kicked off. This is one of the best cars we've seen at the show this year.

Read more
All the insane car tech (and one motorcycle) we can’t wait to see at CES 2020
ces 2020 preview car technology electric vehicles batteries damon hypersport pro cars 2

Geneva has exotics. Detroit has muscle. Frankfurt has engineering. And Vegas, well, Vegas has the future.

Despite its former name (the Consumer Electronics Show), CES is every bit a car show. As screens have replaced gauges, electric motors have supplanted engines, and computers take over for drivers, CES has become the world’s go-to showcase for cutting-edge automotive technology.

Read more
Faraday Future appoints BMW i8 exec as new CEO

The story of embattled electric-car startup Faraday Future has taken another turn. Carsten Breitfeld, who previously ran BMW i, will take over as CEO from Jia Yueting, the company said in a statement. The Chinese entrepreneur will become Faraday's "chief product and user officer," according to the company. Faraday said it is also seeking a new "global chairman."

Breitfeld is no stranger to electric cars. As head of BMW i, he oversaw launch of the BMW i3 and the i8 plug-in hybrid sports car -- two radical designs from one of the auto industry's biggest players. Breitfeld also helped start Chinese electric-car startup Byton, and most recently served as CEO of another Chinese firm, Iconiq Motors. But he has his work cut out for him at Faraday Future.

Read more