Fisker Automotive took a prototype of its planned $80,000 electric sedan for a spin on a track in California, giving gawkers the first first look of the luxury sedan in action.
The photos, which were thought to be "spy photos," were actually taken by the company's PR firm and distributed to the media, according to published reports.
In any case, the photos show the Karma, a plug-in hybrid sedan that Fisker says it will deliver in the fourth quarter this year, manufacturing 15,000 a year.
Fisker is now embroiled in a legal suit with its rival Tesla Motors, another luxury electric car maker. Tesla has accused Fisker of . CEO Henrik Fisker called the suit "nonsense."
Teslaearlier this month and is taking orders for its two-door Roadster. It plans to make an electric luxury sedan, called the Whitestar, as well.
Fisker first unveiled the Karma at the North American International Auto Show in January. Click here for aof the Karma at the Auto Show.
The car is being designed to go 50 miles on its batteries before recharging. An on-board generator, which charges the battery, runs on a liquid fuel.