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.”