Lucid brings 1200hp Air electric sedan for testingSeptember 11, 2020
The three-engine Lucid Air prototype can travel 402 meters in just 9.3 seconds.
The long-awaited Lucid Air is one of the most promising electric vehicles unveiled in recent memory, but the automaker is not stopping there and says it is developing an even faster version, capable of covering a quarter mile (402 meters) in 9.3 seconds.
The electric powertrain used in the 2021 Lucid Air is extremely compact, and although the sedan variants announced for production only have two such powertrains, Lucid is testing a three-engine prototype with two electric motors on the rear axle and one up front. Individually, each of these engines develops 640 hp, but collectively their maximum power is about 1200 hp.
As Peter Rawlinson, Lucid’s chief executive and technical director, said in an interview, he personally recorded the time the car covered a distance of 402 meters and 9.3 seconds on the Sonoma Raceway drag strip. There is no doubt that the prototype under test has a roll cage and is missing some of the interior trim, but it’s still just a stunning result.
The current flagship Lucid Air Dream Edition has an official time of 9.9 seconds. This makes it one of the fastest production cars and even faster than the Tesla Model S Performance with Cheetah mode, which travels 402 meters in 10.4 seconds. A time of 9.3 seconds is unheard of for production vehicles, especially luxury sedans.
It only remains unclear when Lucid is going to launch the three-engined Air, but it should come as no surprise if it will be announced soon after Tesla officially unveils the three-engined “Plaid” variant for the Model S.
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