Despite having a very uncertain future for Faraday Future, they seem to be ready to take on another leap, sort of. They recently announced that the FF91 is set to complete at the 2017 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
Faraday Future partnered up with Dragon Racing for the 2016-2017 Formula E Season. And we will get to finally see the FF91, Faraday's mass market EV, be finally tested in public eye as takes on the likes of Unplugged Performance Tesla Model S P100D at the Pikes Peak.
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The Verge reports that a Faraday Future spokesperson said that they are bringing the FF91 to Pikes Peak "to further facilitate our internal engineering development." The spokesperson added, "We continue to improve the powertrain we are preparing for our car, and Pikes Peak offers a demanding environment in which we can evaluate it."
Entering in the Exhibition Class, the company will be using the "beta level development car" for the race, much like the one showcased at this year's CES. Faraday Future claims that the 3 electric motors (two rear, one front) is capable of developing a massive 1,050 horsepower.
The Exhibition Class is relatively for cars that did not meet the requirements for the competitive divisions. But the officials still allow entrants to record their official climb time.
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is a 101-year-old competition composed of 156 turns and 12.42 miles and drivers are set to compete for the fastest time while climbing nearly mile to the 14,115-foot summit.
Robin Shute, Pikes Peak rookie, will pilot Faraday Future FF91. He is a Pro Mazda driver and a 2016 Formula Car Challenge Triple Crown Winner.
Of course, the race is not without competition. Piloting the Unplugged Performance Tesla S P100D is 2011 Formula Drift Champion Daijiro Yoshihara. And the "Race to the Clouds" will be joined by Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima in the Unlimited, Blake Fuller with his Go Puck Tesla in the Time Attack 2 Production Class, and Rhys Millen with the Drive eO PP03 in the Unlimited Class.
Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, notes that "altitude improves performance for electric. Opposite of combustion cars," according to a report by AutoBlog. So, expect a performance of epic proportion for electric vehicles.
Faraday Future FF91 is set to race at the 2017 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 25. FF has not unveiled details of its electric race car but we will keep you posted as the race schedule comes close.