FFE To Take The Pike's Peak Challenge This Year? - Ford Focus Electric Forum
FordFocusElectric.com is the premier Ford Focus Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 03-26-2012, 05:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 40
Default FFE To Take The Pike's Peak Challenge This Year?

Picture from Wired

Last year the Nissan Leaf was the lone “stock” competitor in the electric division of the Pike's Peak Hill Climb. A purpose built electric vehicle the Summit HER-02 came in at 12 minutes, 20 seconds. The Leaf finished in 14 minutes and 33 seconds. A very decent showing for the Leaf.

The FFE specs out with a higher peak rated electric motor, but less torque than the Leaf. Add to that a slightly smaller battery and an extra 300lbs and it would seem to indicate that the FFE would be hard pressed to beat the Leaf going up the vicious 12.42 mile Pike’s Peak climb.

Of course that’s the logic we all used to predict that the FFE was going to come in with slightly less range than the Leaf, but the Ford engineer’s sharpened their pencils and pulled a rabbit out of their hat and surprised with 3 miles more range, and a combined MPGe that was better by six.

Wading into wild speculation, one wonders if they didn’t limit acceleration to achieve some of that efficiency gain? Ford has been silent on performance specs for the FFE. Certainly if hard pressed they would respond, “the FFE will be competitive in its class.”

Win or lose I think they should enter. The fact is that early buyers of all of these EVs are taking a chance that some “problem” or “issue” will not pop up and be a nasty gotcha! With GM and Nissan, infrastructure investments are such that I KNOW there will be Volts and Leafs coming off then line a decade from now. Ford has managed to produce the FFE wihtout such entanglements. For their bottom line this is a good thing, but as prospective owner anything they can do to demonstrate the robustness of their design would go a long way.
Marc Lee is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Volt - Not Enough Juice For Pike's Peak Charged Up Other/Competitor Forum 8 07-05-2011 12:54 PM
Leaf Wins Pikes Peak - Where's the Volt? Charged Up Other/Competitor Forum 0 06-28-2011 09:12 AM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:51 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2022, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2022 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.