Aston Martin and Faraday Future are basically cousins now

LeEco, the Chinese entertainment company formerly known as Letv, has announced that it’s partnering with Aston Martin — the famed British supercar brand best known for making James Bond’s rides of choice — to bring the RapidE concept to market. The RapidE, first shown last year, is basically a Rapide sedan (take note of the lower-case “e”) with an electric powertrain swapped in for the gasoline one.

But that may not be the biggest implication of the deal. Letv probably sounds familiar, because it came out of nowhere to make one of the biggest splashes at CES last month: it’s the company funding Faraday Future, the California-based startup working on electric, self-driving cars that it may offer through some sort of unique…

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