It's taken a more than a century, but electric cars are finally a viable alternative to gas-powered vehicles. While range and charging infrastructure are still an issue, underdog car manufacturer Tesla has shown that when it comes to comfort, features and performance, electric cars are no slouch.
In fact, the Tesla Model S with its "ludicrous" and "insane" modes has a 0 to 60 mph time that puts most million-dollar hypercars to shame for a tenth of the price. And it's the first car to bring a self-driving autopilot mode available to the general public. However, a company called Faraday Futures thinks it can do better.
Faraday Future is actually headed by former Tesla executives and has a $335 million incentives deal with Nevada to put its upcoming factory there. Of course, if it wants to compete it actually needs a car, so it's showing one off at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
The car in question is called the FFZERO1 Concept and it looks like it would be at home in a Batman movie. It's long and sleek with a cockpit-like seating area, rear wings, and lets you mount a smartphone in the steering wheel for easier control.
Faraday says it puts out 1,000 horsepower thanks to four electric motors, which makes it one of the most powerful cars around. You can bet it would be similarly expensive, if it were real.
While Faraday is showing off the car at CES, it's really just a stage prop. There's no version that actually drives, and the 1,000 HP figure is theoretical. In fact, Faraday isn't even planning on making a car like the concept.
That isn't really surprising since concept cars have a long history of being impractical for actual production and are more about grabbing attention. Of course, some concept cars, such as the Dodge Viper, do end up on the road, but that probably isn't going to happen here.
Instead, Faraday is planning six electric cars in the upcoming years. It's aiming to make them self-driving and available for order on-demand. However, at this point there's no more information, so Tesla seems fairly safe for another day.