None of the marks could win all four races.
Now that Lucid Air is a practical reality, there is a question that needs to be asked, namely how well it handles a race against the other well-known luxury electric sedan, the Model S Plaid from Tesla?
DragTimes distributed a video with a drag race over a distance of 400 meters between Air and Model S Plaid, and the result is predictable, but still full of information.
You won’t be shocked to hear that the Model S Plaid has won three of the four races, including one with a rolling start. It has a shorter time from 0-100 km per hour, 1.99 seconds compared to 2.5, and its low weight helps to compensate for the lack of horsepower. Tesla hadn’t even activated how to prepare the treadmill. If you are lucky enough to be able to choose between these electric vehicles, the Model S is still the best choice in terms of gross acceleration.
Electric cars on another level
Lucid Air holds up well though and even won a race when the launch mode of the Model S Plaid was not activated. Lucid also pointed out that you can precondition your Air model for better straight-line performance and that it now focuses more on “luxury and efficiency” than speed.
Conditions were not ideal between relatively cold temperatures in the Houston area and strong winds. Probably in other circumstances you can see faster times elsewhere. Even so, owning one is still beyond the reach of the average person.
It also shows how far electric vehicles have come – these are figures you would have previously associated with state-of-the-art supercars, not four-door passenger transporters.