Lucid Air vs. Tesla Plaid Is the Drag Race We Deserve, the Gap Is Out There

More than half a decade ago, the world was astounded by the hybrid hypercars released by Ferrari, Porsche and McLaren and I distinctly remember the thrill surrounding their drag racing activities back in 2015. So, what makes up the Holy Trinity today? Yes, there are all-electric hypercars out there, but if we’re talking about the most popular beasts, perhaps the answer comes from the Tesla Model S Plaid, the Lucid Air Dream Edition Performance, and the Porsche Taycan Turbo S. So, let there be racing!

For the time being, we can enjoy a quarter-mile battle between the Tesla and the Lucid, with the American duo having recently duked it out over in Texas.

The 1,000+ horsepower electric sedans were brought together by Brooks Weisblat of the DragTimes YouTube channel, who didn’t forget the Taycan—you can notice the German stalking the two in the background of the video below, while the vlogger even promises that future clips will bring the trio together.

Tesla Model S Plaid vs. Lucid Air Dream Edition Performance

The two battled on four occasions, with one of these involving a rolling start at 25 mph (40 km/h). As for the standing start brawls, the Tesla skipped its launch mode for one of the battles to give the heavier, less performance-focused Lucid a better chance.

The lack of a prepped surface and the unkind temperatures meant none of the vehicles managed to offer their best quarter-mile numbers, with the best recorded times sitting at 9.6s for the Plaid and 10s (clean) for the Lucid.

For the sake of comparison, the Tesla Model S Plaid can cover the quarter-mile in 9.23s at 155 mph (250 km/h), while the best Lucid Air Dream Performance time recorded to date is the said 10.0s stunt.

However, it’s worth noting that, soon after publishing the video showcasing the said 10-second feat, Brooks was contacted by Lucid, receiving a set of instructions on how to condition the battery pack of the vehicle for optimum performance (you’ll find it in one the screenshots below).

With a price of $169,000 before incentives, the range-topping Lucid is some $40,000 pricier than the current Model S king and it’s no secret that while they’re both capable of giving supercars a hard time in a straight line, the first makes for the more lavish offering.

However, as Brooks points out in the final part of the clip, the 60-130 mph (96-209 km/h) and 100 to 150 mph (161-241 km/h) numbers reveal that these spacious family sedans doubling as drag strip animals are about eight-tenths of a second apart as they deliver their silent velocity kicks.



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