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Published on July 17th, 2017 | by James Ayre

Video Of Lucid Air Alpha Hitting 235 MPH On Ring Road

July 17th, 2017 by  
 

A few months ago, there was a video highlighting a Lucid Air prototype hitting a top speed of ~217 mph. Now there’s a new video that makes the first one essentially irrelevant — one showing a Lucid Air Alpha prototype reaching a top speed of 235 mph at a high-speed ring track in the state of Ohio.

To be more specific, the new top speed record for the model was achieved at the Transportation Research Center. The car in the video is being software limited to 235 mph, it should be realized, so the model could conceivably go faster if the software limit was relaxed. Though, at this point, who knows how well the car would take such extreme speeds (those above 235 mph)?

On that note, following the earlier achievement of a 217 mph speed, the company worked to improve the air suspension software controls so as to better deal with lateral movements during banking at high speed. It also worked to reduce front motor operating temperatures when at high speeds.

Here’s the new video with the Air hitting 235 mph:

Testing Without Limits: Lucid Air Hits 235 mph from Lucid Motors on Vimeo.

If should probably be stated here that, while the production version of the Lucid Air will no doubt be a very impressive car performance-wise, it’ll be a fair bit different than the prototype seen in the video above — which was built with different parameters and purposes in mind than the production offers will be.

For more information on what we can expect as regards the production version of the Lucid Air, see: Base Lucid Air To Begin At $60,000.





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  • Tadeusz Piskozub

    This is high-speed rail territory.

    I wonder if this machine, when put on train tracks(Back To The Future style), would be able to pull a few railcars.

    It probably has waay to little downforce to achieve that but think about it for a second – a battery-powered locomotive. What a concept!

  • Alain Boulianne

    I wish there was a version of this video without the music. I’m really curious about the sound this car makes at such high speed.

    • fred smith the deplorable

      Agreed. Not sure why so many manufacturers are so ashamed of their vehicles that they have to drown them in unpleasant music.

      I was just as impressed with the solid 1.0-1.3 g’s the car was pulling on the corner. Impressive, even with the banking.

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