2022 Lucid Air Dream Edition: Brilliance Out of Nowhere


2022 Lucid Air Dream Edition: Brilliance Out of Nowhere

A lucid dream is one in which you are aware you are dreaming and can exert some degree of control. That seems to describe the state of mind of those who brought the all-wheel-drive Lucid Air Dream Edition to life because, by all rights, it shouldn’t exist. The team that CEO Peter Rawlinson assembled not only was building the airplane while they were flying it, they were also hyping and financing the complicated endeavor at the same time.

On paper, the results are just as jaw-dropping as they are easy to disbelieve. How could a first-time carmaker burst out of the gate with a stunner of an all-electric sedan that produces an eye-watering 1111 horsepower and 471 miles of EPA range in Performance spec and delivers an unprecedented EPA range of 520 miles in the 933-hp Range spec? The gracefully styled Air looks long, low, and wide, so it just has to be a portly sled that’s hiding a huge battery pack and a massive pair of motors, right?

Actually, no. Each of the two electric drive units has the capacity to produce 670 horsepower apiece, but each one weighs just 163 pounds and can fit into a carry-on suitcase. That’s a power density of 4.1 horsepower-per-pound, folks—about triple that of a 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat V-8 without its requisite transmission, prop shaft, or rear differential. The Lucid figure, on the other hand, represents complete coaxial drive units that include the electric motor, power inverter, differential, final-drive reduction gear, and a pair of embedded axle drive flanges.

For the full story, check out this article from Car And Driver.

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