Lucid Air Conducts Winter Testing – Tail-Out Action Video

4 months ago by Eric Loveday 14

Lucid Air Drifting In The Snow

Lucid Motors recently took its Lucid Air EV out to Minnesota for some cold, snowy testing. While in Minnesota, the development team spent much of its time there actually putting in work. But when the work was done, the fun began:

“Much of our time in Minnesota was focused on braking systems and vehicle dynamics. Low friction surfaces, such as deep and packed snow, polished ice, and split left-versus-right friction, challenge both the car and the driver, allowing us to develop anti-lock braking, traction control, and stability-control systems to ensure comfortable, stable progress through the worst conditions seen on the road.”

“Winter testing at -18°F is challenging for both car and driver. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun.”

Inside The Lucid Air

The video (which is of excellent quality, by the way) provides us with a unique look inside the Air. Check out that “roof!”

The Lucid Air reportedly puts out some 1,000+ horsepower, which allows it to zip from 0 to 60 MPH in just 2.5 seconds or so, not on snow, of course, but all that power certainly makes for some fun tail-out action.

Lucid Motors actually posted a write-up of the work done in Minnesota. Here it is in its entirety:

Posted by David Lickfold, Engineering Manager, Steering Systems and Chassis Digital Dynamics

The Lucid team recently took our alpha development prototypes to northern Minnesota for winter testing, as the region provides the perfect environment for honing many vehicle attributes. Temperatures as low as -18F (-28C) are tough on just about every element of a vehicle. This extreme environment allows us to build upon extensive simulations and climate chamber development, and to perform grueling real-world cold-driving testing and validation of our powertrain, battery, thermal, body, and chassis systems.

Much of our time in Minnesota was focused on braking systems and vehicle dynamics. Low friction surfaces, such as deep and packed snow, polished ice, and split left-versus-right friction, challenge both the car and the driver, allowing us to develop anti-lock braking, traction control, and stability-control systems to ensure comfortable, stable progress through the worst conditions seen on the road.

The Lucid Air is designed to deliver world-class performance in many driving scenarios. Some drivers prefer to forget the world outside and be cosseted as they’re safely and autonomously carried to their destination, whether it be through a bustling city or across a frozen arctic highway. Other drivers prefer to take control and be exhilarated by the combination of power, balance, and driver involvement as they sweep around a mountain pass or a closed track. The Lucid Air is able to effortlessly handle a wide variety of road conditions and use cases, even at -18F in Minnesota, as you can see in the following video:

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14 responses to "Lucid Air Conducts Winter Testing – Tail-Out Action Video"

  1. Andrew Stump says:

    I’m happy that Lucid appears to be legit. It will give the model S some real competition in a year or two.

  2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    It’s good to see that, apparently at least, Lucid has a solidly performing EV.

    Now, can they put it into production? Here’s hoping the answer is “Yes!”

  3. ffbj says:

    Cool. The worst is when it snows and they do a crappy plow job then some melts and then it gets really cold and refreezes and you have these parallel lines of ice speed bumps down the middle of the street and two grooves of asphalt you slot into. Makes side streets a nightmare.
    So for one you need fairly high clearance or you will scrape the undercarriage.

    1. ffbj says:

      …they should have done a snow camo.

  4. tftf says:

    Isn’t it strange?

    More public testing by EV start-ups like Lucid (a car due by early 2019) lately than for Tesla’s Model3

    As we recall, the Model3 is apparently due in very optimistic “100-200k units” by H2 2017, that’s a direct quote from CEO Musk from a conference call with analysts.

    Either the likes of Lucid and GM (see GM Bolt testing timelines since early 2015 and then 2016) test too much or Tesla’s Model3 is

    A) testing very little or in secret tunnels (Musk’s new venture) with snow and what not

    B) Model3 will be delayed

    C) Model3 will have quality issues and/or a very slow ramp for months after a “paper launch” to somehow make the 2017 date

    PS: Yes, option A) is pure sarcasm. Cars need extensive tests in all climates on public roads at some point.

    1. ffbj says:

      It really is not such an easy question to answer. I don’t think anywhere near 100-200k cars in 2017.
      I remember a talk where he did say 200k, I almost spit up my coffee. Ain’t gonna happen no how, no way, in 2017. That a point the lower case letter mafia can agree on.

  5. Vexar says:

    Tesla uses the exact same winter driving track up in Baudette, MN ; I’m sure that their Model III footage will show up eventually, probably a marketing thing. That said, the Air looks phenomenal. Good luck with the state Auto Dealers blocade, Lucid!

  6. CDAVIS says:

    +1 for Lucid Air

    but…

    +10 For Tesla

    because…

    Tesla 3 years ago demonstrated a similar snow track drive in a retail production car but with better stability-control that what is demonstrated on the Lucid Air.

    Geek out on this:

    “…[Tesla Model S] Stability Control reacts in moments of under-steer or over-steer by reducing torque and applying the brakes to individual wheels for enhanced control when cornering…”
    source: http://www.teslarati.com/how-tesla-model-s-traction-control-system-works/

    Tesla Model S Ice Drive – Swedish Test Track:

    1. Jason says:

      Big difference between normal speed Lucid Air video and slow-mo Tesla video. They both look cool, though.

  7. Fred says:

    No, this is nothing like a Model S. Model S is a pain to oversteer. This car is (clearly!) tail happy.

    Lucid,… PLEASE make us a smaller, afordable Air. The market for a model III competitor is massive. The difficulty is of course the machine that makes the machine.
    Modern cars are so averse to oversteer, that most have become bland to drive. With electrification and modern control technology, it is possible to make cars very safe and stable in oversteer conditions (for those who have at least a clue of what they are doing). Take Rimac as an example : selectable car behaviour is the future!

    Popcorn out, I’ve put my first euro in the Porcelain Pig!

    1. Jason says:

      RWD sounds like what you want, pretty easy to drift. I’ve seen Tesla do that as well.
      AWD pretty much best stability and grip, so no surprise the AWD is well behaved.

    2. ASD says:

      This video is most certainly with system-off. Teslas will do the exact same thing with system off.

  8. Jason says:

    Is this Air AWD? There is lots of snow flicking from the back wheels but nothing to speak of flicking from the front wheels, the way the tail is sticking out also looks like RWD.

    1. John M says:

      “There is lots of snow flicking from the back wheels but nothing to speak of flicking from the front wheels, the way the tail is sticking out also looks like RWD.”

      Which makes it a fun car to drive!

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