Watch Lucid Motors’ electric car accelerate to a brain-melting 235 mph
Andrew J. Hawkins
More here.I’m on record as being a fan of the California electric vehicle startup Lucid Motors and its forthcoming first production model, the Air. I rode in the engineering prototype at CES earlier this year, and enjoyed the alpha prototype’s fully reclining back seat during the New York Auto Show a few months later. But we still have a long wait until the first model comes out in 2019, so Lucid will need to go that extra yard to keep us interested. That’s probably what motivated them to release a video of the Air driving at a speed that borders on offensive.
Back in March, Peter Rawlinson, Lucid’s chief technology officer, told me the Air recently hit 160 mph on the test track, and that he expected to get that up to 200 mph fairly soon. They achieved that feat in April, hitting 217 mph — a milestone that soon became moot after removing the vehicle’s speed-limiting software and taking it for a breezy summer drive at 235 mph earlier this month.
It's not a production spec car, but these guys are starting to look like the most likely to come out with a real product among the startups trying to challenge Tesla.