Faraday Future’s FF91 sets record at Pikes Peak Hill Climb

Faraday Future’s FF91, which the company revealed in January, has performed an impressive feat – it beat a Tesla.

At the 2017 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, the FF91 set a record for the fastest production EV up the hill, with a time of 11:25.082 – more than 20 seconds ahead of the previous production-EV record holder, a slightly modified Tesla Model S.

As AutoblogGreen notes, the word “production” was applied loosely, as the FF91 hasn’t actually gone into commercial production yet – the car that ran the race is a 1,050-horsepower beta prototype. The driver, also the vehicle’s Principal Engineer, Robin Shute, said the car had some safety modifications, as well as smaller wheels and tires. It experienced “a small technical difficulty” during the climb, forcing Shute to “stop the car and cycle it to continue.”

“My goal was to push the FF91 beyond what we thought she could do,” Shute said. “We were able to identify key battery-pack relay and system seal issues that will directly result in improvements in the production process. That’s what makes this a successful event for Faraday Future.”

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Source: AutoblogGreen, C-NET

  • Vincent Wolf

    Gas cars have no chance in the future of racing. When batteries or supercapacitors catch up and the will within 10 years–gas cars are doomed.

    • dogphlap dogphlap

      EV are rapidly improving but they have a little way to go before they beat Sébastien Loeb​’s time of 8:13 from 2013 in the unlimited class (from the video the Faraday Future car did it in roughly 11:30, maybe 11:10 would have been possible in that car if there had been no technical difficulties, it ran in the production class). The fastest EV ran in the modified class with a time of 8:57 which means an EV is already the third fastest vehicle to record a time on the full length Pike Peak course but still 44 seconds short of Loeb’s time.

      • Olivier Blanc

        It would be interesting to have another class for gas cars, but force them to also carry their own oxygen for the combustion in the engine. I am certain that gas cars derive a lot of their performance by just using (burning) the ambiant air. I am not sure that they would then be faster than electric cars, which are 100% self-sufficient.

        • Pontus

          But EV use the air around also for cooling?

  • dogphlap dogphlap

    The car was stationary for 15 seconds (10:47) while a computer was re-booted and it still set a record time. Very impressive.

  • Leo

    Personally I really want they do well. Heard some news about their financial problems and it’s not cool. It Is good to see that Tesla will have a strong competitor though if they launch it for sure…