The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has somewhat become a proving ground for electric vehicles over the years. A Tesla Model S set a new record for a production electric vehicle, Rimac also did an impressive job with its all-electric 1.1 MW monster racecar, and several all-electric bikes also made good impressions.
Now Faraday Future is trying to position its new FF91 has a top performance all-electric car and it is currently at Pikes Peak to prove it.
On paper, you wouldn’t think that the FF91 would be a good car for Pikes Peak due to its size and weight, but FF thinks that its 1050 hp powertrain powered by a massive 130 kWh pack will be able to drag the car up the mountain.
The Pikes Peak track measures 12.42 miles (19.99 km) with over 156 turns, climbing 4,720 ft (1,440 m) from the start at Mile 7 on Pikes Peak Highway, to the finish at 14,110 ft (4,300 m), on grades averaging 7.2%.
It’s unbelievable difficult on a powertrain, and especially a battery-powered one.
When a Tesla Model S, which is also quite a large car for the competition, set a new record, it resorted to quite an unconventional cooling technique for the battery pack:
Yes, that’s ice. Furthermore, while the powertrain of the Model S was stock, they actually stripped-down the interior to help with the weight.
Speaking of a stripped-down Tesla Model S, Faraday Future thinks that its FF91 can accelerate almost as quickly as the vehicle: 0 to 60 mph in 2.39 seconds.
David Tarlau caught the first few practice runs of the vehicle this week and there’s no doubt that it is unbelievably fast from a standstill:
But of course, we are more interested to see how it holds up during the entire climb and to see if it can beat the time of the Model S – 11:48.
We will know for sure in just a few days since the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb starts this weekend.
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