Thanks to an Apple App Store stuff up, the first look at the mysterious electric car company Faraday Future’s debut concept has leaked online.
The company, which has gone to great lengths to maintain secrecy and hasn’t even disclosed the name of its CEO, is set to officially unveil the concept this week at CES in Las Vegas.
Due to the app showing up prematurely on the App Store, pictures of the car and its specs have been revealed thanks to eagle-eyed Twitter user, @supererogatory.
How does 1000 horsepower and zero to 100km/h in less than three seconds with a top speed of over 320km/h all from electricity sound?
Of course, this is just a concept car, and their final production model will look and perform very different, which Faraday Future acknowledge, writing in the app that:
“We at Faraday Future are extremely proud of this vehicle. Though we are not a racecar company, our concept shares its core design DNA with our forthcoming consumer line. The process of building this car inspired us, unlocked our imagination, and allowed us to pursue exciting new engineering objectives without restraint.”
For the last couple of years now, Faraday Future has been poaching some of the best minds in the auto world, and announced in November it would build a billion dollar factory in Nevada.
It currently has over 400 employees working for it, but company bosses claim to be hiring around 10 new staff members per week in various fields with the aim of having 500 by the end of the year. But for now, its staff boasts a who’s-who of electric car engineers and designers.
This includes the former vehicle and chassis engineer for the Tesla Model S, the head designer of the BMW i8, a former interior designer for Ferrari and a battery specialist from the Elon Musk-owned SpaceX.
A further LinkedIn search reveals more employees that have significant experience at massive auto companies such as Ford, General Motors, Volvo and even the likes of Facebook and Google.
Nick Sampson, who was the former director of vehicle and chassis engineering for Tesla, is now the senior vice president at the company and seems to be acting as the spokesman for the company.
He told US media late last year that the company would launch a brand new electric car in 2017 that would rival the Tesla Model S.
Despite the fact the car company has close to 500 employees, no one really knows anything about the production car it’s making aside from the fact it’s completely electric and will be packed with connected-car features.
The range of the car isn’t known, nor is its speed, but the company has revealed it will have a battery pack with 15 per cent more capacity than the Model S 85kW-hr. If the range for that is around 435km, you can assume Faraday is aiming for at least 500km of range.
There were initial rumours that Faraday could be a front for Apple’s electric car plans, but they have since been dismissed after government documents revealed that 42-year-old Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting was bankrolling the company.
Hopefully we will hear more about the company’s future and who is behind it during their first public presentation this week.