As the first day of the New York Auto Show came to a close last night, the folks at Lucid Motors started getting busy for their big reveal this morning. They rolled in the Alpha Speed Car test model of the Lucid Air, in time for us to get a sneak peek.
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This morning, we learned a few details about the modified Alpha Speed Car, most impressively that it recently spend some time at the TRC Ohio automotive proving ground, cruising the 7.5-mile track to:
"...evaluate high-speed behaviors, including vehicle stability and powertrain thermal management. The test, which is software-limited to 217mph (350km/h), was successful in demonstrating the capabilities of the car and in finding areas for improvement that could not be properly evaluated in static bench tests."
Lucid's director of marketing, Zak Edson, told InsideEVs that the car performed well, giving the team a lot of confidence in the car's motor.
The next step, Edson said, is to go back to the track without the top-speed limiter in effect and see what happens. You can watch a short promotional video of the Ohio tests below. Lucid Motors also tested the Air in winter conditions a few months ago up in Minnesota.
All of this testing should give Lucid the data it needs to get the Air ready for production.
As we learned a month ago, the consumer version of the Air will start at just $60,000 (or $52,500 after federal tax credits) when it is scheduled to come to market some time in 2019.
Source: Lucid Motors