Tuesday, January 26, 2021
News Tri-Motor Lucid Air Is Hypercar Fast

Tri-Motor Lucid Air Is Hypercar Fast

There can no longer be any doubts as to the performance potential of an electric vehicle like the tri-motor Lucid Air


  • It covers the ¼ mile run in only 9.245 seconds.

  • The tri-motor setup is one up front, two in the rear.

  • Tesla has not yet said their final word…


A 10-second car, a famous line if you’re a fan of TFATF, is an insanely fast and powerful one. There are many production cars available today that can cover the distance in 11 or 12 seconds however very few manage a 10-second run, fewer still come in under 10 seconds. Two versions of the Lucid Air do.

The “standard” dual-motor 1,080 horsepower version covers the sprint in only 9.9 seconds, which is astonishing. A tri-motor Air 1,300+ horsepower version was also in the cards and Lucid has just shared a video of the single-front, dual-rear electric motor car crushing the ¼ mile in only 9.245 seconds at a speed of 157.26 mph. As though this wasn’t enough, the car, the Air, is still under development so, know Lucid, there’s more to come.

Meanwhile, Tesla’s been keeping busy with the triple-motor Model S Plaid. This ultimate S is said to have 1,100 horsepower on tap which would enable the car to hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in under 2 seconds. The top speed is rated at 200 mph and the kicker is that, according to greencarreports.com, its ¼ mile time will be of less than 9 seconds.

The other ongoing race is now about seeing who gets the car to customers first. Some versions of the Lucid Air are expected in early 2021 but the Dream Edition and its 1,080 horsepower won’t come before late 2021, or right around the same time, the first Model S Plaid will be delivered.

Lucid Air | Photo: Lucid

Lucid Air | Photo: Lucid

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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

1 COMMENT

  1. The sales of the Lucid will not depend upon performance mastery over the Tesla vehicles. The Lucid is a superior vehicle in all respects – any performance superiority of the Tesla Plaid will be totally trivial and insignificant – no driver could ascertain which was faster. But everyone can see the attractiveness and comfort and interior luxury of the Lucid Air and it’s superior ride and greater efficiency (at least 20%) and faster battery charging (300 miles in 20 minutes). The Tesla has been clobbered by a new company that has never built an automobile. Just imagine how Tesla will fare when the dozen professional automakers start producing superior EVs.

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