Lucid Air claims sub 10-sec quarter mile time
Beats almost every production car including rival Tesla Model S
The Lucid Air is going to be a reality, with the debut set for September 9. As that launch date approaches, the startup is revealing more details about the vehicle. For example, claimed range is 517 miles, and its "Wunderbox" charging unit can add 300 miles in 20 minutes, or 20 miles in a minute, on a DC charger.
However, the latest news will definitely blow your mind: The Air sedan will have a quarter-mile time of 9.9 seconds. It will be a tough opponent for the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon (its 9.65-sec time is hard to achieve), and will blow away its most direct competitor, the Tesla Model S (10.4 seconds). Additionally, Lucid says this insane acceleration will stay consistent through multiple runs. Oh, and the top-spec model will have 1,080 HP. See the video below:
Lucid credits its powertrain and its focused engineers for the ludicrous performance. The 900-volt electric drive unit weighs just 163 pounds and fits up to three e-motors, each of which can spin to 20,000 rpm. Lucid's own motor winding technology helps in a big way to boost performance and reduce electrical losses. An "innovative cooling system" insures that performance is repeatable. An inverter, transmission and differential are all packed into the drive unit, too, which can apparently fit into a typical carry-on bag used for air travel.
The Air debuts on Sept. 9, and the company will provide all sorts of additional details about the sedan, including variants and trims and price. Just don't expect the top-spec (i.e. the 9.9-sec one) model to be cheap.