Lucid Motors has been making a lot of vibrant claims in the lead-up to the September 9th unveiling of its first all-electric sedan, the Lucid Air: longest range, fastest charge, greatest battery Today, the Newark, California-based business is really laying its cards on the table with its claim to have built one of the quickest production cars and trucks ever made.
Not simply among the fastest-accelerating electrical cars and trucks, mind you. Among the fastest-accelerating automobiles, duration.
How fast? We already know that the Lucid Air can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds and will have a top speed of 200 miles per hour. Thanks to Lucid’s 1,080 horsepower, dual-motor configuration, the company now claims the Air can run a quarter-mile in 9.9 seconds “on a consistent, repeatable basis.”
” To date, it is the only electric sedan able to attain a quarter-mile time under 10 seconds,” the business stated.
To put that in point of view, the Dodge Charger, one of the fastest vehicles on the drag strip, can make the quarter-mile in 9.65 seconds– which’s just with the assistance of a 6.2-liter V8 engine. The Lucid Air is just a smidge slower than some of the fastest (and most expensive) hypercars on the planet, like the Ferrari LaFerrari (9.8 second quarter-mile; $1.4 million price tag), Porsche 918 Spyder (9.8 2nd quarter-mile; $845,000), and Bugatti Veyron Super Sport (9.7 2nd quarter-mile; $2.4 million). The Lucid Air is expected to cost somewhere in between $60,000 and $100,000, depending on the trim level, which would make it rather the deal if you’re looking for performance.
Simply ask Richard Hammond, who is extremely lucky to have strolled away from the burning wreckage of the hellaciously quick electric Rimac Principle One(9.1 second quarter-mile) while shooting his tv show The Grand Tour in 2017.
Lucid has been teasing its eye-popping efficiency specs for several years now. Back in 2017, the company claimed to have hit 217 mph on its test track– a milestone that quickly ended up being moot after getting rid of the vehicle’s speed-limiting software and taking it for a breezy summertime drive at 235 miles per hour
How does this compare to the Tesla Model S P100 D, which has currently earned the track record as the quickest EV on the market with an outstanding 0–60 mph sprint in 2.9 seconds? Tough to say, given that there does not seem to be much info out there about Tesla’s top speed without its speed-limiting software that keeps it to 155 mph.
In fact, many luxury automakers restrict their high-performing designs to the same speed, thanks to a ” gentleman’s arrangement” between Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and BMW a variety of years ago to decrease the variety of fatalities on the Autobahn.
Recently, Tesla achieved a new record with its Design S performance, running a quarter-mile in 10.4 seconds thanks to the new “cheetah position” update. That’s mind-meltingly quick, however still not as quick as the Lucid Air.
There is a fixation amongst electric vehicle producers with horse power and how many seconds it takes to run to 60 mph or a quarter-mile. It could show an insecurity amongst EV makers about whether their cars can stand up to the muscle cars and trucks and Ford F150 s that have actually squatted in the frontal cortex of the American vehicle purchaser for years.
Lucid’s advances in performance, variety, and charging times aren’t unexpected provided its history. One of its battery customers was Formula E, with Lucid going on to supply the batteries for season five and six of the electric racing series.