Folks have been waiting for a Tesla-versus-Lucid matchup ever since the Air debuted last year, but with press vehicles at a premium and not many Lucid deliveries thus far, lining up against a Model S Plaid hasn’t been easy. Until now.
Credit goes to DragTimes for finally pitting these two supersedans head-to-head on a drag strip, albeit not a traditional location for capturing timed data. The venue is Hennessey’s facility in Texas, where timing equipment isn’t used. As such, this matchup relies on telemetry and the surface isn’t quite what you’d find at a normal quarter-mile drag strip. Still, it’s an open stretch of road for these all-wheel-drive EV monsters to do their thing.
On paper, it’s a close matchup. The Lucid Air Dream Edition Performance dishes out no less than 1,111 horsepower (828 kilowatts) courtesy of two electric motors. It’s enough to send the beefy sedan through a quarter-mile in 9.9 seconds according to the automaker’s official stats. The Tesla Model S Plaid is also a sub-ten-second EV, actually getting well into the nines despite only having 1,020 hp (761 kW). In short, this should be a good showdown.
For the full story, check out this article from Motor 1.