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Faraday Future Leaks Tesla Fighter Ahead Of Debut

The mysterious Chinese-backed EV manufacturer known as Faraday Future has had its concept car leaked on an iOS app ahead of its official debut at CES 2016.

The app, which wasn’t supposed to go live yet, was downloaded and screen grabbed by Twitter user @supererogatory. Slated as the next company to rival Tesla‘s dominance in the EV game, the car shown in the app looks like a Batmobile more suited to endurance racing than the daily road grind.

Specs also reveal that it can do 0-100km/h in less than 3-seconds and holds a top speed of over 320km/h. That probably explains the need for all those crazy fins, wings and diffusers.

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Given that this is just Faraday Future’s concept car, you can expect the production version to look vastly different from the video.

Acknowledging their future in the app, a statement by the company stated:

“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.”

It all might sound like a pipe dream but the company appears to be taking this challenge to Tesla very seriously. With a yet-to-be named CEO (early guesses allude to Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting), Faraday Future has already poached some of the auto industry’s most prominent figures whilst the construction of a billion dollar Nevada factory was announced back in November.

The current talent list includes the former vehicle and chassis engineer for the Tesla Model S, the head designer of the BMW i8, a former Ferrari interior designer and a battery expert from Elon Musk‘s SpaceX program. If that’s not enough to convince you of the company’s credibility, it’s also boasting a 400-storng workforce with plans to expand to 500 by the end of 2016.

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Former director of chassis engineering for Tesla, Nick Sampson, is now the senior vice president at Faraday Future. Last year he told US media that the company would be releasing a brand new electric car in 2017 designed to take on Tesla’s Model S.

Early details reveal that the production car will house a battery pack with 15% more capacity than the current Model S’ 85kW-hr. On paper, that should push the Faraday car past the 500km range per full charge.

We’ll keep you posted on any developments.

[via Business Insider]

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