The Model S Plaid offers the highest acceleration of any vehicle in production, Tesla’s website said when it was unveiled in early 2021, but this is not strictly true as the first examples debuted this summer. Hyper Electric Car Rimac Navara The are you. A new competitor is coming to the plaid Tesla from the United States: the Lucid Air in a new sports version, also with three engines. A prominent YouTube channel has now pitted these two electric cars against each other with the ultra-combustion Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport – and the Model S came in last in the plaid quarter mile.
Bugatti hits Tesla just before the end
Usually everything soon sees the taillights being sent onto the track against the fastest Tesla, explains moderator Hagerty, a car channel with nearly 2.4 million subscribers. For example, this applies to the BMW M5, although it was already doing 70 mph when the Model S Plaid debuted. It was also ahead of the previous fastest version of the Lucid Air.
However, Lucid has since stepped up. in the first half of 2023 Air Sapphire to start production, the company announced in August. The electric car with two motors on the rear axle and one like Tesla is said to cost $249,000 more than the more civil air versions and about twice as fast as the Model S Plaid, but be quicker in the quarter mile .
Hagerty had already been loaned a prototype of the Lucid Air Sapphire, so this claim could already be verified. And as the intriguingly designed quarter-mile race against the Tesla Model S plaid shows, that’s indeed true. The new electric car took 2.1 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill and 9.1 seconds for the entire distance. According to Lucid, both should be going slightly faster, but this was enough to make the plaid Tesla look noticeably slower when compared to normal asphalt. It got to 60 mph in 2.3 seconds and 9.3 seconds.
The next Chiron is going to be an electric car
In addition, the channel includes the Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport, a $4 million combustion hypercar limited to 500 units in comparison. At the start of the three-way race, it looks like two electric cars will battle it out among themselves. But then Lucid breaks up with Tesla, who in turn contacts Bugatti. Shortly before the end of the quarter mile (a good 400 meters) he overtakes the Model S and, according to the moderator, has a lead of about two meters at the end.
It could hardly be faster, the presenters point out, after a Ducati motorcycle with a professional on the saddle lost the Lucid Air Sapphire. According to him, more power from the engines would not have changed the timing much, as the limits lay in traction. The next chapter will likely open with the arrival of the Chiron’s successor – which of course will also be an electric car. After all, have yourself Remake with Navara and Volkswagen subsidiary Bugatti Last June the two worlds merged into one hypercar maker.
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