Along with setting a blistering sub-9-second quarter-mile time, Ben Collins has additionally taken the Lucid Air Sapphire for a scorching lap of the Sonoma Raceway
As we all know, electrical autos are able to delivering oodles of energy, propelling a automotive to astonishing speeds, particularly in a straight line. Ben Collins, previously referred to as The Stig from Prime Gear’s tv collection, has taken it to an entire new stage with the Lucid Air Sapphire.
At the wheel of the automotive, Collins was given two empty tracks to play with at a current launch occasion at Sonoma Raceway, in California. With the high-powered electrical sedan, he took a lap of the racetrack, and set a quarter-mile time of 8.989 seconds on a ready drag strip.
That’s a outstanding quantity, nevertheless it’s one which wants just a little context. There was a time in current reminiscence when operating a quarter-mile drag in lower than 10 seconds was the unique province of purpose-built racecars. Previous to the 12 months 2000, it didn’t matter how a lot cash you spent, even if you happen to bought your soul for a McLaren F1, you can solely full the dash in 10.8 seconds.
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Though there are actually 12 manufacturing vehicles that may run 1 / 4 in lower than 10 seconds, per Wikipedia, 1 / 4 of these are variants of the Bugatti Chiron. In the meantime, the one manufacturing automotive on earth that’s listed as having run this distance in lower than 9 seconds is the Rimac Nevera.
So it’s spectacular that the Lucid Air, a cushty household sedan with 5 seats, can do what bespoke, two-seat hypercars with monstrous displacements and even greater cylinder counts can’t.
Though it’s a household sedan with 427 miles (687 km) of vary, there might be little question that it’s a targeted performer. Its three motors mix to place out 1,234 hp (920 kW/1,251 PS), and get it to 60 mph (96 km/h) in simply 1.89 seconds. And it’ll hold constructing pace till it reaches a high pace of 205 mph (330 km/h).
All of which makes it “a monster,” in keeping with Collins. However it isn’t only a monster in a straight line. Designed to be the final word efficiency sedan, it’s additionally fairly useful on a correct racetrack.
“They’ve put these gigantic brake discs to assist cease this automotive in a brief area, and to provide it the repeatability, you want that round this place since you’re having to place such massive braking inputs,” says Collins. “And the grip is admittedly supporting this automotive. And it’s nimble, I can advantageous tune it on the throttle. You possibly can see my steering inputs, fairly surgical.”
A monster on the observe, it additionally has a worth that would scare a number of cities folks. Beginning at $249,000, the Air Sapphire isn’t any joke on the street, nor on the value sheet.