While we're still waiting for it to hit showrooms, Lucid Motors continues to impress with the performance of its Air sedan. On the weekend, a "production representative" Lucid Air put in a hot lap of Laguna Seca that was faster than an Aston Martin V12 Vantage S, a Lotus Evora S or a BMW i8.
While the car may have had its interior replaced by a six-point roll cage and upgraded brake pads and fluid, its weight was "within a few percent of [its] production weight," giving us a genuine look at what this thing should be capable of out of the box.
On the car's stock Pirelli P Zero PZ4 summer tires, the team hit a fastest lap of 1:41.67, which is impressive, and enough to best the above exotica and many others according to the laptime-keeping boffins over at fastestlaps.com.
That site doesn't hold any Tesla Model S lap time records, which is disappointing since the Lucid Air is squarely targeted at the Model S, with a focus on matching or bettering its performance with a lower price tag. But it's some seven seconds faster than a Model 3, if that's of interest to anyone.
Suffice to say, this thing will be quick. But we knew that already, after watching it smash its way to a blistering 235 mph (378 km/h) a little over a year ago. We get it, guys, it's going to be a monster. But when will it hit the road?
Check out the 1:39:30 lap in the video below, which highlights how much audio feedback you get from the tires when there's no roaring engine to drown it out.
Source: Lucid Motors
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