Lucid Motors has made plenty of bold statements ahead of the September 9 unveiling of its first all-electric sedan, the Lucid Air: longest range, fastest charge, biggest battery. But today, the Newark, Calif.-Based company really puts its cards on the table by claiming to have built one of the fastest production cars ever made.
Not just one of the fastest electric cars, mind you. One of the fastest accelerating cars, period.
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 mph. But thanks to Lucid’s 1,080-horsepower twin-engine setup, the company now claims the Air can travel a quarter-mile in 9.9 seconds “on a consistent and repeatable basis.”
“To date, it’s the only electric sedan capable of reaching a quarter-mile in less than 10 seconds,” the company said. To be sure, it’s just a fraction of under 10 seconds. But in the world of high-performance vehicles, this fraction makes all the difference.
To put that in perspective, the Dodge Charger, one of the fastest cars on the drag strip, can cover the quarter mile in 9.65 seconds – and that only with the help of a V8 engine from 6.2 liters. The Lucid Air is only a little slower than some of the fastest (and most expensive) hypercars in the world, like the Ferrari LaFerrari (9.8 second quarter mile; price tag of $ 1.4 million), the Porsche 918 Spyder (9.8 second quarter mile; $ 845,000) and Bugatti Veyron Super Sport (9.7 second quarter mile; $ 2.4 million). The Lucid Air is expected to cost between $ 60,000 and $ 100,000, depending on the trim level, which would make it a good deal if you’re looking for performance.
But after a certain point, it’s just numbers on a screen, right? All of this speed and power is starting to get a little abstract, and this abstraction can be a little dangerous if not handled properly. Just ask Richard Hammond, who is very lucky to have walked away from the burning wreckage of the blazingly fast electric Rimac Concept One (9.1 second quarter mile) while filming his TV show The Grand Tour in 2017.
Lucid has been teasing his mind-blowing performance specs for several years now. In 2017, the company claimed it hit 217 mph on its test track – a milestone that quickly became moot after removing the vehicle’s speed limit software and taking it for a summer drive. windy at 235 mph.
How does that compare to the Tesla Model S P100D, which has already earned a reputation as the fastest electric vehicle on the market with an impressive 0-100 km / h sprint in 2.9 seconds? Hard to say, as there doesn’t seem to be much information about Tesla’s top speed without its speed limit software that keeps it at 155 mph.
In fact, most luxury car manufacturers limit their performance models to the same speed, thanks to a “gentleman’s agreement” between Mercedes-Benz, Audi and BMW a few years ago to reduce the number of fatalities on the highway.
Recently, Tesla set a new record with its Model S performance, sprinting a quarter mile in 10.4 seconds thanks to the new ‘cheetah stance’ update. It’s insanely fast, but still not as fast as the Lucid Air. (Lucid appears to have raced the Air against a Tesla, according to a fleeting glimpse in the video posted above, but he made no open mention of the race in his press materials.)
Electric car makers are obsessed with power and the number of seconds it takes to hit 60 mph or a quarter mile. (Jalopnik This could reflect insecurity among electric vehicle makers as to whether their cars can withstand the muscle cars and Ford F150s that have squatted in the front cortex of the American car buyer for decades. They worry about whether their electric vehicles are too quiet, too durable, and too green to attract these consumers. This leads to an overemphasis in performance, which might appeal to some buyers despite the everyday impracticality of city driving.
Lucid’s advancements in performance, runtime, and charge times are not surprising given its history. The company was founded in 2007 as a battery maker Atieva, initially focused on being more of a supplier to the nascent world of electric vehicles than a car maker. One of his battery customers was Formula E, with Lucid continuing to supply the batteries for seasons five and six of the electric racing series. What better stress test for your power distribution system than high speed performance racing?