First Glimpse of Faraday Future's Production Car on the Streets of Los Angeles

After launching sporty concepts and teasing us with shady powertrain pictures, Faraday Future's first production car has finally been caught out on the streets of Los Angeles.
Faraday Future production vehicle spotted 1 photo
Photo: Everette Taylor via Twitter
You have to remain doubtful whenever you hear about a startup with huge ambitions such as Faraday Future. The company has plans of developing its own billion-dollar plant, lining up a range of five electric models and bringing the fight to Tesla in just a few years, so it has its work cut out for it.

On the other hand, it seems like there's no shortage of funds, and the company has continuously poached talent from other, more established names in the business. Last month, Faraday Future announced it had secured the services of Jin Won Kim, an experienced designer from Toyota who led projects such as the weird but beautiful FJ Cruiser SUV. He will be in charge of the exterior design of the company's products.

Earlier this month, Faraday Future also snatched the chief engineer of GM's famed EV1 project, who will now be in charge of powertrain development. And the list could continue, featuring former employees of big industry names such as Ferrari or even Tesla. It looks like these days people go wherever they have more freedom of expression - and, let's not forget, plenty of money, as Faraday Future has financial backing from Chinese giant LeEco.

Bur for all this activity on the personnel market, Faraday Future has been quite scarce in offering details about its future cars. Based on the picture released for the powertrain teaser, people were quick to speculate that its first model will be a crossover. This first image of the real car spotted by Twitter user Everette Taylor in a car park in LA and first reported by Electrek suggests that's not entirely true.

The vehicle looks more like a bulky sedan than an actual crossover, with a regular ground clearance and a more coupe-ish look to it that don't really spell out "SUV." It's definitely a sleeker vehicle than the Tesla Model X, to the point where it would rather be a rival for the Model S than the electric SUV. It also seems to have much more pleasant proportions than the teaser image suggested, so while it doesn't shed that much light on the vehicle's looks, it still brings some good news.

But the best one is that Faraday Future is going forward with its project meaning that people who are in the market for an electric vehicle will soon have more options to choose from. And with such a host of talent gathered from all corners of the automotive industry, we have no reason to doubt it will offer a competitive product. The only question now is how quickly will it manage to catch up with Tesla and sell an affordable model as well.

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