The FF 91 is sure to cause whiplash
If you’re unfamiliar with the name Faraday Future, then you are not alone. Faraday Future is a relatively new car manufacturer founded in 2014 and specializes in strictly 100% electric vehicles. Even today, the Los Angeles based company is only 1,400 strong and gaining ground.
They just unveiled their completely electric, sleek SUV and they plan on testing it in a race on the uphill, 4,720 foot progressing Pikes Peak. The SUV is called the FF 91 and has a remarkable 1,050 horsepower in its core.
The version they will be testing on the 156 turns of Pikes Peak is a “beta-level development vehicle” which means it’s basically finished aside from a few missing components and amenities; probably Bluetooth luxuries and the cup holder here and there.
They aren’t the first car maker to debut a model (or even an electric model) at a Pikes Peak race. Nissan premiered their Leaf in 2011 and was the talk of the town. However, the FF 91 is the first “EV OEM” car ever according to Faraday Future.
An uphill battle has never been so easy
Ever since the release of the electric car, it has been synonymous with having issues of driving up hill because of the thermal management system. But on the other hand, electric vehicles don’t suffer from engine power loss at higher altitudes the way gasoline vehicles do.
The makers of the FF 91 aren’t all that worried about the elevation or the steep inclines of Pikes Peak thanks to their SUV’s propulsion system and gigantic horsepower numbers. Though, that high output of energy questions just how car the car will run after the twelve-mile course.
Faraday Future has not mentioned how long the battery runs or charges, but has enlightened us to how advanced it is. The battery puts out more energy, holds more power, and works at a much lower temperature than your average electric car power source.
As far as style goes, for now, it looks like just about every electric “concept” car looks: sharp features, overly accentuated tail lights, and low to the ground making it look like there is no leg or head room.
Why is such a venue a good idea?
According to the Nick Sampson, the vice president of research and development, the choice to debut on a race track is to raise the bar of automotive accomplishment and see just how much more work there is to be done.
Basically, they are foregoing traditional factory and lab tests in order to put the car into the real world with the elements. It’s a smart move because up there in the 14,000 foot elevation, is the roughest altitude a car would endure making it more than just another EV.
Based on their current standing, the company thinks that the final product will hit the market sometime in 2018. Whether that is spring or Christmas is yet to be known and a lot of the FF 91’s elements can change between now and then.