The Lucid Sapphire Races In opposition to The Plaid, A Bugatti Chiron, & A Racing Motorbike


A current video over at Hagerty’s YouTube channel shared a race between not solely the quickest EV sedans, however the quickest gas-powered automotive and a motorbike in addition.

I don’t know for positive, however the video seems to have been shot close to Lucid’s Casa Grande plant (south of Phoenix, Arizona).

The Contenders

Wherever it’s, they’ve acquired an fascinating lineup of automobiles to see who’s the quickest (no less than in 1 / 4 mile). They’ve acquired the Lucid Air Sapphire, the quickest automotive Lucid sells now. Sapphire goes to be their efficiency model. The Lucid Air Sapphire accommodates a 3-motor powertrain at its core, which is the primary of its form from Lucid, with two motors within the rear and one within the entrance.

“With three state-of-the-art electrical motors — all developed and manufactured in-house by Lucid — Lucid Air Sapphire reaches a completely new stage of efficiency,” stated Eric Bach, SVP of Product and Chief Engineer, Lucid Group, on the time Sapphire was introduced. “And since a three-motor Lucid Air was all the time a part of the event program, it retains all of the strengths of Lucid Air variants already in the marketplace – together with limo-like rear legroom, a voluminous trunk and frunk, and spectacular effectivity.”

Lucid has unveiled new and superior electrical motors, which comprise microjet stator cooling, wave winding know-how, improved warmth exchanger strategies for larger effectivity, elevated coolant circulate charges for higher energy supply and a redesigned battery system with extra exact thermal logic.

As you’d most likely guess, Lucid Air Sapphire’s 3-motor powertrain delivers a substantial quantity of horsepower that surpasses the 1,050 hp from its twin motor siblings. With an output of greater than 1,200 horses in whole, not solely is it at present the world’s strongest electrical sedan, but additionally the mightiest total.

Lucid says it’s the quickest EV sedan, and so they wished to check it in opposition to the reigning champion: the Tesla Mannequin S Plaid. A lot digital ink has been spilled over that car, and you’ll find out extra about it just about wherever, so I gained’t waste your time on that proper now.

Subsequent was the quickest accelerating gas-powered automotive of all time: the Bugatti Chiron. That car additionally has some spectacular high velocity information beneath its belt, so this can be considerably of an apples to oranges comparability, but it surely’s fascinating to place in there to maintain folks from getting confused about what automobiles speed up the quickest in 2022.

Lastly, they’ve a motorbike, piloted by Josh Herrin. For a very long time, bikes had been all the time the quickest manufacturing automobiles on the highway as a result of they carry such little weight round. Immediately, EVs are difficult that assumption, so it is smart to place a quick bike with a very good rider within the combine right here, too.

Some Background

Earlier than they get to the race itself, they went via some historical past. Many quick automobiles high out at 155 MPH not as a result of that’s their bodily restrict, however as a result of producers wished to impose a velocity restrict on the Autobahn. Why would high-end automotive producers do that? As a result of politicians had been most likely going to impose a restrict in the event that they didn’t try this. Plus, the velocity limiters are detachable usually, so it actually doesn’t cease individuals who actually need to go quicker than 155 MPH (250 km/h).

Once they did this, 155 appeared like a very good restrict as a result of it took time for automobiles to even stand up to that velocity. No manufacturing automotive did that in even 1 / 4 mile, and solely few modified automobiles might get to that velocity in that distance. So, few folks had been actually even going that quick in the true world circumstances of the Autobahn besides when visitors was mild.

Immediately that’s not what it as soon as was. Each one of many automobiles Hagerty examined in opposition to one another might simply get to 155 inside 1 / 4 mile. This, after all, upsets many motorsports requirements. A Mannequin S Plaid can get you kicked out of a drag strip as a result of it’s too quick to be run and not using a roll cage, harnesses, and different required security gear, and it’s able to rock on the streets at that energy and acceleration stage.

The Race

The stark variations between the automobiles was obvious proper from the start, and Hagerty captured it intimately from a number of angles. The Lucid pulled away from the Plaid, which itself was pulling away from the Buggati, which was imagined to have probably the most energy of the three. However, torque places butts into seats and makes you progress over brief distances, whereas horsepower can solely show you how to later.

The Lucid acquired to 60 MPH in a mere 2.1 seconds, and achieved the quarter mile in solely 9.1 seconds, at 156 MPH, setting a brand new manufacturing automotive drag document. It even beat the Plaid by three car-lengths. The Plaid even (barely) managed to fall behind the Bugatti, as a result of the Bugatti had lastly hit its stride close to the tip of the quarter mile.

What About The Motorbike?

You’re most likely questioning at this level what occurred to the bike. Its specs don’t sound spectacular, with solely 210 horsepower, 91 lb-ft of torque, and a six-speed handbook, however the little 1.1L V-4 engine is simply pushing round 429 kilos. Ducati even made some suspension and different mods to the bike to assist it beat the Sapphire, instructing the rider to beat the tar out of the bike if wanted.

The end result? The Lucid initially pulled forward. The ability of rapidly shifting elements dumped right into a clutch simply can’t initially match what an electrical motor can do. The bike tried the entire run to catch the Lucid, and it might have overwhelmed each the Bugatti and the Tesla, but it surely didn’t fairly have the oomph to catch the Lucid Sapphire.

Energy Is Much less Essential Than Management Now

Entering into these sorts of acceleration numbers, the actual fact is that now that energy isn’t the one issue. Every car has refined programs to maintain that energy flowing into the pavement and propelling the automobiles ahead. The programs are actually pushing the boundaries of what’s bodily doable for acceleration, and we’re far past what a handbook system might accomplish now.

Sure, there are quicker drag automobiles on the market, after all, however they decreasingly resemble a automotive you can every day drive the quicker they go. The quickest ones actually couldn’t make the journey to work, as a result of they weren’t constructed for something however the quarter mile. The Lucid and the Tesla are even remotely inexpensive for folks to contemplate commuting in.

So, we’re going to see some thrilling issues within the coming years as these energy wars proceed.

Featured picture: a screenshot from the video, exhibiting the contenders on this race.


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