Electric startup Faraday Future is set to become the first electric automaker to officially take part in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and is also signaling the start of “public engineering endeavors”.
The company is also kicking off a new video series nicknamed “Testing the FF 91,” set to chronicle the detailed testing efforts made by it engineers to make sure the new electric model is ready for the market – as it pushes the FF technology to the limit in the usual variety of extreme environments. The series kicks off with the participation in the 95th edition of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb – considering the elevation change to 4,720 feet from the starting line via a total of 156 turns being a crucial proving ground for the vehicle’s thermal control systems.
“The hill climb on Pikes Peak serves as the ideal setting to further develop the electric propulsion system and supporting thermal systems of FF 91,” explained Nick Sampson, Senior Vice President of Research and Development. “Testing the performance of FF 91 in real-world conditions sets the bar even higher as we bring the vehicle to market in 2018.” The FF 91 Beta development vehicle will be enlisted in the Exhibition Class and will use the production hardware and software, only with the modifications necessary to – hopefully – successfully complete the Pikes Peak run. Robin Shute, the Principal Engineer at Faraday Future, will be driving the FF 91 – and the company partnered with Pirelli, RECARO, and HRE Wheels for the endeavor.