It must be no shock by now that electric cars are fairly damned good at drag racing. We have seen inventory Teslas embarrassing some very severe items of package on YouTube for years now, however it might appear that there’s a new king of the strip — even whether it is only a growth mule.
I am speaking, after all, concerning the Lucid Air, and we already knew that there wasbeing examined lately, however the firm despatched out a tweet on Friday exhibiting what seems to be a extra sane-looking model automobile making a quarter-mile go in simply 9.245 seconds at 157.26 mph. For some context, — a machine made nearly solely to rule the drag strip — does the quarter in 9.65 seconds.
Now, as spectacular as a 9.245-second quarter mile is — and it’s, critically — there are a bunch of issues we do not know concerning the run. Probably the most vital query mark is, what sort of tires this explicit Air was on? Was it a manufacturing automobile with an inside, or a stripped-out check mule. What occurred to the wild physique package and large fenders? Did they yank the wings, and so on. off the mannequin we noticed lapping Laguna Seca?
We reached out to Lucid for clarification and now, because of certainly one of its representatives, we all know a bit extra about what is going on on.
“This can be a pure growth mule for the tri-motor configuration that has been referenced up to now by Peter [Rawlinson, Lucid CEO]. In truth, it is the primary one we have constructed with this configuration, and it did not exist three months in the past. Like another of our beta prototypes that we have constructed with the dual-motor configuration, it doesn’t have a full inside. Lastly, the automobile made the quarter-mile run with street-legal Pirelli Trofeos.”
So, there you will have it. Not drag slicks like a Demon, however not a whole automobile with an inside both. Not that it issues, as a result of this prototype is quick sufficient to present you a nosebleed they usually’re not even completed with it.