June 6, 2023

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Lucid previews high-performance version of the electric Air sedan

Lucid posted a limited video that confirms the one,080-horsepower variation of its electric Air sedan will not remain the vary-topping design for prolonged. It appears to be like like studies of a more quickly, extra impressive variant are about to materialize.

Posted on the firm’s Twitter account, the 8-next flick reveals a flippantly camouflaged Air racing down a drag strip against a Porsche Taycan. It reveals a stopwatch counting down from 9.90 to 9.sixty two, and it adds that whatever the video is announcing will be “more quickly than quick.” Its worldwide debut is scheduled for September 24.

We’re guessing the 9.sixty two-next time refers to how prolonged it requires the Air to address a quarter-mile. That’s an outstanding selection, and it could get decrease unverified studies peg the ultimate determine in the lower-9-next vary. For context, the Porsche 918 Spyder logged a 9.eighty one-next quarter-mile, even though Ford’s electric Cobra Jet racer sprinted by the quarter mile in eight.27 seconds. We’re wanting forward to acquiring out the Air’s entice pace, way too.

Lucid is preserving technological requirements under wraps until the sedan’s unveiling, but it has overtly teased the higher-overall performance design various periods around the earlier couple of months. CEO Peter Rawlinson notably described the entrance and rear suspension modules are interchangeable, so engineers could theoretically put in two electric motors around the rear axle (one for every single wheel) and combine an extra motor into the entrance axle. This configuration would give the Air by-the-road all-wheel generate, torque vectoring across the rear axle, and the jaw-dropping sum of horsepower wanted to blast by the quarter-mile in around 9 seconds.

Lucid’s generate unit can supply 670 horsepower, so putting a few of them in a motor vehicle can theoretically unlock a two,010-horsepower output. We are going to come across out if the company is daring ample to thrust the Air that significantly on September 24.

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