Video: Lucid Motors Gets Its EV Up to 235 MPH

Lucid Motors is trying to keep interested in its upcoming Air EV up until the first units launch.

The company has a targeted launch date in 2019, and it’s showing videos of its car accelerating to a quite brisk 235 mph in the meantime.

For perspective, 235 mph is on the upper end of speeds achieved by top-end race cars.

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The build up to 235 took some time. The chief engineer told The Verge that the company first hit 160 on the test track (many production vehicles are electronically limited to 155 mph, thanks in part to a gentleman’s agreement among German OEMs to limit potential carnage on the Autobahn), with a goal of 200. By April, the car had reached 217 mph on the test track. With the speed-limiting software removed, it reached 235.

Fast is relative, of course – for many folks, acceleration matters more in real-world driving than a top speed they’ll never achieve. Tesla’s Model S P90D achieves a pretty quick 0-60 time of 2.9 seconds, and it’s hard to know its top speed: It is electronically limited to 155 mph.

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Back to the Lucid Air – its stats are certainly impressive, but the 1,000-horsepower motor of the engineering prototype won’t make production. Instead, the car will have 400 horsepower, which puts it in line with many current sports cars and sports sedans.

It will cost you $60,000 and offer a range of 240 miles, as well. Lucid has plans to sell higher-range versions (315 and 400 miles, respectively) for more money.

A lot of planning goes into any high-speed run, and if you’re so inclined, you can read about it from Lucid’s perspective. A key line from the post suggests the Lucid Air engineering prototype is actually capable of even higher speeds.

Lucid also has motorsports experience, as the battery supplier for Formula E, so that could’ve played a part in the prototype’s performance.

Electric cars may not offer V-8 sounds, but they can be plenty fast, and this video is proof of that.

The Verge


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