Faraday Future will be the first electric vehicle manufacturer to participate in the 2017 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb outside of Colorado Springs, Colo. on June 25.
The novice Los Angeles-based carmaker, which has pledged to disrupt the automotive industry with a lineup of ultra-powerful, all-electric connected vehicles built on a modular platform, unveiled its first production model to fanfare at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this year. Faraday says the 1,050-horsepower all-electric luxury FF 91 (called the “nine one”) will be able to rocket from 0 to 60 in 2.39 seconds – slightly faster than a Tesla Model S sedan in the automaker’s Ludicrous mode, the fastest car currently on the market.
Executives say that the FF 91, which is slated to go on sale next year, will unlock its door using facial recognition and iris detection, park itself in any lot in the U.S., and feature several infotainment screens and multiple modems to become “the most connected vehicle in the industry.”
Faraday Future’s participation in the 95th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, an annual automotive event held on the southern range of the Rocky Mountains, will bring “a new level of transparency to testing as it embarks on public engineering endeavors with FF 91,” the company said in a statement. Pikes Peak, a traditional proving ground for automakers to test thermal control systems, features a track that climbs 12.14 miles and makes 156 turns.
“The hill climb on Pikes serves as the ideal setting to further develop the electric propulsion system and supporting thermal systems of FF 91,” Nick Sampson, senior vice president of research and development, said in a statement. “Testing the performance of FF 91 in real-world conditions sets the bar even higher as we bring the vehicle to market in 2018.”
Faraday will participate in the exhibition class at Pikes Peak to test a beta-level development version of the FF 91 built to production weight and technical specifications, including software, components, software, and other properties likely to be found in the car’s production version. The company, which is owned by a Chinese billionaire Internet entrepreneur, will debut a video series, “Testing the FF 91,” chronicling the project’s development.