By setting a new record for production-designed EV’s, Faraday Future can look back at a successful edition of this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Navigating the twisty 20-kilometre-long track, Robin Shute drove the FF 91 in 11:25.083 ‘to the clouds’.
The time was twenty seconds better than the previous record, which is a great accomplishment for the fairly new electric vehicle that has been able to test the powertrain and battery packs to its limits.
“My goal was to push the FF 91 beyond what we thought we could do,” said driver and Principal Engineer Shute. “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.”
Pete Savagian, Vice President of Powertrain & Battery Systems, also stressed the importance of extreme testing. “Our real-world testing programme is designed to find problems that we would never find in a controlled environment,” he said.
“We are proud of our time, but this is about the quality of our propulsion system more than just a one-time race. Our focus was on repeatability, to reach the peak without overheating the vehicle and to be able to do so again and again.”
The event was won by Romain Dumas in his Norma MXX RD Limited. He set a time of 9:05.672. Robert Barber was the best entrant with an electric vehicle. With the electric motorcycle Buckeye Current RW-3x he set a time of 10:55.500. That was slightly faster than Yoshihiro Kishimoto with the electric USA-JAPAN IDATEN-ZERO FXS.
Faraday Future was ranked second in the Exhibition class behind Nick Robinson who was racing with the Acura TLX.
Official race footage from Faraday Future is yet to be released, but here you can find a video from testing: