Lucid Air breaks another Tesla Model S recordSeptember 19, 2020
It’s no secret that Lucid Air is on a mission to “topple” the Tesla Model S. This time around, the all-electric sedan recorded an amazing Laguna Seca lap time.
The three-engined version of the Lucid Air has already hit 402 meters better than the Model S, but can the Air replicate the feat on the racetrack, where traction, braking and body control are part of the equation? To test this theory, the three-engined Lucid Air circled in Laguna Seca, where the Tesla Model S, with its own three-engined Plaid powerplant, set a record for four-door sedans with a time of 1 minute 36.555 seconds.
According to The Kilowatts, Lucid Air completed the lap in just 1 minute and 33 seconds. While this is an unofficial time, the 3.5 second difference seems large enough to indicate that the Air is faster. The Kilowatts team noted that 1:33 was a conservative time and that the circle “looked like a walk in the park.” Last year, Elon Musk confirmed that the powerful Plaid powerplant will be installed in the Model S. This could be confirmed next week on Battery Day.
It will be a blow for the American manufacturer if its new power plant is sidelined even before the official premiere. After all, Musk’s team is used to breaking speed records on the world’s most famous racetracks.
There is other bad news for Tesla too, because the Lucid Air has a range of up to 830 km on the EPA rating, and everyone knows that electric mileage is the holy grail of EV excellence. Again, Tesla is not one to give up on the challenge, so it remains to be seen if there will be an immediate response to Lucid’s advances.
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