Lucid Air Tri-Motor Crushes the Quarter With More than 2,000 EV Horses
Jump in your time machine, kids, because it’s time to go back to the year 2017. A specially modified version of the Dodge Challenger Hellcat, called the Demon, did the quarter mile in 9.7 seconds. Yes, he had pizza cutter front wheels, was missing three seats, drank 100 octane racing gas, rode on a prepared drag surface, and took advantage of a weather phenomenon called “air.” mine shaft ‘(where the barometer drops to the pressure you would see 650 feet below sea level). Dodge got this result exactly once (an engineer I spoke to who was there said it was a non-repeatable number – he knows because he tried) and never bothered to distribute a single press car so that all kinds of third parties can verify the demand. Still, ask everyone on the internet what the fastest quarter-mile production car is, and they’ll all answer Demon.
It was then. Today? The “record” belongs to an electric car start-up running a prototype variant of a car that has yet to start selling. Why not? The Bugatti Chiron 300+ was a prototype and the production versions will have very limited top speeds. Elon Musk announces that the (eventual) Tesla Roadster will hit 60 mph in less than two seconds, and brand loyalists are repeating it as a fact, if not a verse. So, why not call an early mule a potential variant of an untested auto start-up record holder? We’re getting into the bloody limits of what production cars are capable of, I think we can give them a little leeway. Another take: are these recordings important? For now, let’s say yes, of course.
Discover the Lucid Air tri-motor. Some of you will remember that the Lucid Air dual motor came out of a 9.9 second quarter mile run. But that’s the fish from last week, man. Here’s what’s going on. Make an undisclosed amount of horsepower, although it has three engines capable of 670 hp each (that would be a total of 2,010 ponies), Lucid’s all-new beast pulled off a quarter-mile sprint in – please sit – 9.2 seconds (9.245 seconds, to be precise). Holy cow! Do you think this is crazy? The speed of the trap was – I would lay down for this one – 157.3 mph. This is hella nuts. Want some background? The original 1,001 horsepower Bugatti Veyron 16.4 was trapped at 139.9 mph and needed 10.4 quiet seconds to travel 1320 feet. Fast forward 14 years and the McLaren Senna broke through the quarter after 10.1 seconds at 147.5 mph. Do you see the picture? The fastest production car MotorTrendThe 2015 Ferrari LaFerrari has already been tested during the quarter, which did the deed in 9.7 seconds at 148.5 mph. This Lucid is just stupid. I don’t even know what else to say. I laugh!
If you watch the video, you’ll see that while the Air is on a prepared surface, it uses fairly standard and narrow Pirelli P-Zero tires, measuring 265mm at the front and 285mm at the rear. This exact car now sports a wide body kit (like the Demon) and wears 285 R compound rubber on the front and 325 on the rear. If Lucid returned to the Sears Point racetrack with the car in its current condition, it would surely be even faster. To quell all of this, the video you are watching is of a very early prototype on baloney meats. Wait until it’s on real tires and tuned. Could we see an eight second quarter mile race? Big time maybe.