Lucid Group launched Sapphire, Lucid’s new ultra-high-performance model, led by the brand new Lucid Air Sapphire. Lucid Air Sapphire makes use of a three-motor powertrain—the primary from Lucid—that includes a brand new twin motor rear-drive unit and a single motor front-drive unit.
With three state-of-the-art electrical motors—all developed and manufactured in-house by Lucid—Lucid Air Sapphire reaches a wholly new degree of efficiency. And since a three-motor Lucid Air was at all times 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.
—Eric Bach, SVP of Product and Chief Engineer, Lucid Group
These technically progressive electrical motors incorporate Lucid’s microjet stator cooling and wave winding. The dual rear-drive unit additionally introduces new warmth exchanger expertise and heightened coolant movement fee. The battery system can be upgraded for greater energy and extra exact thermal logic.
With greater than 1,200 hp, Lucid Air Sapphire’s three-motor powertrain delivers much more horsepower than the automotive’s dual-motor siblings, together with the 1,050-hp Lucid Air Grand Touring Efficiency.
With this huge energy and the improved supply afforded by the dual rear-drive unit, Lucid Air Sapphire will speed up from a standstill to 60 mph in lower than two seconds, from zero to 100 mph in lower than 4 seconds, and the standing quarter mile in below 9 seconds. These figures are achievable with no extra-cost tools upgrades or protracted preconditioning routines.
Moreover, large carbon ceramic disc brakes come as customary, endowing Air Sapphire with a stopping energy to match its prodigious efficiency.
Ultimate horsepower rankings might be introduced later, together with instrumented demonstrations of the efficiency capabilities of the car.
Lucid Air Sapphire options stiffer entrance and rear springs, distinctive damper settings, stiffer bushings, and a novel tuning for ABS, traction, stability management, and digital energy steering. The superior chassis setup is conceived to maximise the advantages of the torque-vectoring capabilities of the three-motor powertrain, in addition to the broader, extra aggressive wheels and tires.
The automotive rides on ultra-high efficiency staggered Aero Sapphire wheels, with specifically developed Michelin PS4S tires, sized 265/35R20 at entrance and 295/30R21 within the rear. These distinctive wheels additionally function detachable carbon-fiber aero disk wheel covers, which additional optimize the aerodynamic effectivity of the automotive.
Along with delivering energy to the rear of the car, the dual rear-drive unit permits for torque vectoring that extends the capabilities of the automotive past that achievable with a passive all-wheel-drive system.
For instance, the dual rear-drive unit can successfully pivot the rear of the car, offering torque to the rear wheels in reverse instructions to advertise both turn-in or straight-line stability—much like a brake-based setup and a rear-wheel steering system, however sooner, quieter, and extra seamless. In tight corners, the system is ready to apply regenerative braking on the within wheel whereas powering the skin, drastically enhancing car turn-in rotation and with a lot faster response occasions than rear-wheel steering programs.
The advantages for drivers are wide-reaching, with enhancements to turn-in, cornering stability throughout all speeds, nook exit, and high-speed stability and disturbance rejection. The driving expertise differs throughout drive modes to present a number of characters along with steering, suspension, powertrain, and brake settings.
Particular consideration was given to refining the aerodynamic character of the physique for Lucid Air Sapphire. The end result of this effort is a stability between added downforce, which boosts car stability at greater speeds, and decreasing drag, which impacts each efficiency and effectivity.
Lucid Air Sapphire makes its public debut on the Quail Lodge throughout Monterey Automobile Week. Lucid Air Sapphire might be provided as a limited-production mannequin, with deliveries deliberate within the US and Canada subsequent 12 months. The worth is $249,000 USD and $325,000 CAD.
US value excludes tax, title, license, choices, and vacation spot charges. Canadian excludes $2,200 CAD Vacation spot Charge, $200 CAD Documentation Charge and $100 CAD Federal Air Conditioning Tax; excludes gross sales tax and provincial levies and charges.
Details about availability for markets outdoors of North America might be communicated sooner or later.
Extra Sapphire fashions might be obtainable for all Lucid fashions shifting ahead, persevering with to set new requirements for what luxurious efficiency can feel and appear.