Lucid kicks off “super-sports” electrical automotive model Sapphire
Saudi-backed Lucid Motors has launched a brand new “super-sports” model named Sapphire beneath which it would promote an ultra-high-performance reply to the Tesla Mannequin S Plaid.
Lucid described the tri-motor Lucid Air Sapphire as “the world’s first totally electrical luxurious super-sports sedan” and its specs are suitably excessive.
The Saudi-backed model says the $US249,000 car will ship 1,200 horsepower for acceleration from 0-60mph in beneath 2 seconds, and from 0-100mph in beneath 4 seconds. The Sapphire may also have the ability to handle a sub-nine seconds quarter mile and a high pace in extra of 320km/h.
Three motors will ship the mandatory energy to perform these headline-level options, with a brand new twin motor rear-drive unit and a single motor front-drive unit. Every of the motors will incorporate the corporate’s microjet stator cooling and wave winding, whereas the dual rear-drive unit may also function a brand new warmth exchanger know-how and heightened coolant charge.
The automotive’s battery system can also be being upgraded for greater energy and extra exact thermal logic.
“With three state-of-the-art electrical motors – all developed and manufactured in-house by Lucid – Lucid Air Sapphire reaches a completely new degree of efficiency,” mentioned Eric Bach, Lucid Group’s senior vp of product and chief engineering, who additionally boasted of its “limo-like rear legroom, a voluminous trunk and frunk, and spectacular effectivity.”
The Lucid Air Sapphire has clearly been designed, no less than partially, as a track-capable racer – although the $US249,000 price ticket in all probability already made that clear.
That includes stiffer entrance and rear springs, a novel set of damper settings, stiffer brushings, and a novel tuning for ABS, traction, stability management, and digital energy steering, the Sapphire additionally options commonplace carbon ceramic brakes which assist to ship spectacular (and essential) stopping energy.
The Sapphire additionally rides on what Lucid has described as “ultra-high efficiency staggered Aero Sapphire wheels” which embrace specifically developed Michelin PS4S tires, sized 265/35R20 at entrance and 295/30R21 within the rear. The wheels additionally function detachable carbon-fibre aero disk wheel covers which might additional optimise the aerodynamics of the automotive.
Precisely what the vary or battery specs might be for this “first totally electrical luxurious super-sports sedan” is unclear.
On condition that the Sapphire seems to be a complicated model of the corporate’s Lucid Air – which itself is billed as “the longest-range, fastest-charging electrical automotive available on the market” and whose Grand Touring mannequin boasts an estimated EPA vary of 830km – one would assume related figures.
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Joshua S. Hill is a Melbourne-based journalist who has been writing about local weather change, clear know-how, and electrical autos for over 15 years. He has been reporting on electrical autos and clear applied sciences for Renew Economic system and The Pushed since 2012. His most well-liked mode of transport is his ft.