Lucid Air beats Tesla Model S with insane 9.9-second quarter-mile

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Lucid Motors has released a new video of its Air electric sedan beating the Tesla Model S over a quarter mile with an incredibly impressive 9.9 seconds.Lucid Motors is preparing to launch its highly anticipated Air electric sedan next week.

The electric car has been in the works for years and it’s been the subject of a lot of hype lately, thanks to third-party test results from the EPA range test which put the luxury sedan’s range at 517 miles. on a single charge.

The automaker is gradually releasing information like the aforementioned range but also impressive charging capacity and battery architecture.

In another version leading up to the unveiling, Lucid now confirms that the first version of the Air, the Lucid Air Dream Edition, is capable of completing the quarter mile in 9.9 seconds.

They shared a video of the production Air prototype beating the performance of the Tesla Model S:

Lucid wrote in the statement:

With up to 1080 horsepower available in a two-engine all-wheel drive package, the Lucid Air Dream Edition has achieved quarter-mile times as low as 9.9 seconds on a constant basis, making it the production sedan. the fastest in the world. This performance is wrapped in an uncompromising luxury package, offering room for five passengers with top-notch interior and stowage space.

Along with this announcement, Lucid unveiled some of the technology enabling this.

Among the most impressive parts of Lucid’s powertrain is the drive unit and inverter which can deliver 650bhp in a very small package:

The powerful, compact and ultra-efficient Lucid motor line is combined with an integrated transmission and differential, as well as our high voltage silicon carbide MOSFET inverter, to create a state-of-the-art electric drive unit. . Each unit packs over 650 horsepower and can spin at 20,000 rpm, but weighs just 163 lbs (74 kg) and is small enough to fit in standard aircraft carry-on luggage.

Lucid shared two images of the motor unit and the inverter:

They also shared an image of their “Wonderbox”, which is their 19 kW two-way charger:

Finally, here’s a picture of the Lucid Air’s battery, which was designed taking advantage of years of development on Lucid Motors’ Formula E battery:

The production version of Lucid Air will be unveiled in full on September 9.

Taking Electrek

I saw a preview of the vehicle earlier this week and sadly cannot discuss it beyond what was released today until the actual unveiling, but I can tell you that I was very impressed.

Lucid has a really compact and powerful EV technology.

You must pay special attention to the power unit. This type of specification in this type of package is several times better than the next best technology on the market today.

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