Lucid Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: LCID), setting new requirements with the longest-range, fastest-charging electrical automobile available on the market with the award-winning Lucid Air, at present launched Sapphire, Lucid’s new ultra-high-performance model, led by the brand new Lucid Air Sapphire – the world’s first totally electrical luxurious super-sports sedan.
“Final yr, Lucid rocked the world with the launch of Lucid Air, a fusion of unsurpassed vary, effectivity, superior driving dynamics, and inside house, uniquely enabled by our in-house know-how.” stated Peter Rawlinson, CEO and CTO, Lucid Group. “Right now, with the introduction of the Sapphire line, we take the subsequent logical step of development. Lucid Air Sapphire, being the very first Lucid product to bear the Sapphire title, builds upon our technical prowess to take electrical high-performance on to subsequent degree. Sapphire represents the top of electrical efficiency; lastly reaching the efficiency that I’ve so lengthy looked for. After painstaking improvement work, I’m able to affirm Lucid Air Sapphire has achieved a passable efficiency, and I belief essentially the most discerning drivers will agree.”
“Sapphire is the embodiment of what ultra-high-performance luxurious means to Lucid,” stated Derek Jenkins, SVP of Model and Design, Lucid Group. “Sapphire is among the many most valued gem stones, prized for his or her brilliance, colour, and hardness. Imperial Blue has lengthy been the de facto nationwide colour for American motorsports groups engaged in worldwide competitions. As Lucid’s devoted ultra-high-performance model, Sapphire references this historical past whereas setting new requirements for innovation and know-how.”
Lucid Air Sapphire: The World’s First Luxurious Electrical Tremendous Sedan
On the coronary heart of Lucid Air Sapphire lies 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 completely new degree of efficiency,” stated Eric Bach, SVP of Product and Chief Engineer, Lucid Group. “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 available on the market – together with limo-like rear legroom, a voluminous trunk and frunk, and spectacular effectivity.”
These technically revolutionary electrical motors incorporate Lucid’s microjet stator cooling and wave winding. The dual rear-drive unit additionally introduces new warmth exchanger know-how and heightened coolant movement fee. The battery system can be upgraded for greater energy and extra exact thermal logic.
As anticipated, Lucid Air Sapphire’s three-motor powertrain delivers much more horsepower than the automobile’s dual-motor siblings, together with the 1,050-hp Lucid Air Grand Touring Efficiency. With over 1,200 hp, Lucid Air Sapphire shouldn’t be solely essentially the most highly effective electrical sedan on the earth, it’s the strongest sedan on the earth.
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 underneath 9 seconds. These figures are achievable with no extra-cost tools upgrades or protracted preconditioning routines. Moreover, huge carbon ceramic disc brakes come as commonplace, endowing Air Sapphire with a stopping energy to match its prodigious efficiency.
Remaining horsepower scores will probably be introduced later, together with instrumented demonstrations of the unbelievable efficiency capabilities of the car.
Efficiency in Excellent Concord: Monitor-Succesful Dealing with and Braking as Commonplace
As with different Lucid Air variants, Lucid’s engineers adopted a holistic strategy to improvement of the primary Sapphire mannequin. In follow, this meant devoting exacting consideration to each side of efficiency.
“Our purpose with this, our first Sapphire mannequin, is to enhance the distinctive powertrain with sharper, extra responsive driving dynamics and elevated physique management,” stated David Lickfold, Director of Chassis and Car Dynamics, Lucid Group. “On the similar time, it was vital to retain the distinctive trip high quality for which Lucid Air has come to be recognized.”
Lucid Air Sapphire options stiffer entrance and rear springs, distinctive damper settings, stiffer bushings, and a singular tuning for ABS, traction, stability management, and digital energy steering. Commonplace carbon ceramic brakes present distinctive stopping energy and contribute to Lucid Air Sapphire’s endurance in high-performance driving. This 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 automobile 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 characteristic detachable carbon-fiber aero disk wheel covers, which additional optimize the aerodynamic effectivity of the automobile.
Along with delivering prodigious energy to the rear of the car, the dual rear-drive unit permits for torque vectoring that extends the capabilities of the automobile 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 quicker, quieter, and extra seamless. In tight corners, the system is ready to apply regenerative braking on the within wheel whereas powering the skin, tremendously enhancing car turn-in rotation and with a lot faster response instances than rear-wheel steering techniques.
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 provide a number of characters along side steering, suspension, powertrain, and brake settings.
A New Shade of Velocity: Sapphire Design, Inside and Out
Lucid Air Sapphire is designed to be as useful as it’s stunning.
Particular consideration has been 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.
The launch of the Sapphire model from Lucid additionally marks the introduction of a brand new Sapphire Blue exterior paint, a radiant colour that will probably be unique to Sapphire automobiles. Initially, all Lucid Air Sapphires will probably be completed solely within the new Sapphire Blue colour to mark the model introduction.
Lucid Air Sapphire is augmented with the not too long ago introduced Stealth Look as commonplace, bringing a extra sinister, sporting character to the outside of the car.
The cabin of Lucid Air Sapphire extends the purposeful fantastic thing about the outside with a brand new inside theme known as Sapphire Mojave. This contains new extremely bolstered 18-way energy sport seats, upholstered in black leather-based trimmed with black Alcantara and Sapphire Blue distinction stitching. Although designed for spirited driving, the seats nonetheless present decadent consolation, with heating, cooling and therapeutic massage performance. The headrest showcases a debossed Lucid bear logomark, one of many icons of the Lucid model identification reflecting the California origins of the model. Sprint and doorways are embellished with Mojave darkwood veneers, whereas the steering wheel and higher roof construction for the usual Glass Cover roof are trimmed in black Alcantara.
Lucid Air Sapphire additionally includes a distinctive Sapphire-themed on-screen show, with specifically configured drive modes and efficiency settings.
The Future is Quicker
Lucid Air Sapphire makes its public debut on the Quail Lodge throughout Monterey Automotive Week. Lucid Air Sapphire will probably be provided as a limited-production mannequin, with deliveries deliberate within the US and Canada subsequent yr. The worth is $249,000 USD and $325,000 CAD.1 Reservations go dwell Tuesday, August 23, 2022 at 9 AM Pacific time.
Details about availability for markets outdoors of North America will probably be communicated sooner or later.
What’s extra, Lucid Air Sapphire is just the start, representing the launch of a completely new performance-focused model inside Lucid. Extra Sapphire fashions will probably be accessible for all Lucid fashions shifting ahead, persevering with to set new requirements for what luxurious efficiency can feel and look.
1 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 & charges.
About Lucid Group
Lucid’s mission is to encourage the adoption of sustainable vitality by creating superior applied sciences and essentially the most charming luxurious electrical automobiles centered across the human expertise. The corporate’s first automobile, Lucid Air, is a state-of-the-art luxurious sedan with a California-inspired design that options luxurious full-size inside house in a mid-size exterior footprint. Underpinned by race-proven battery know-how and proprietary powertrains developed solely in-house, Lucid Air was named the 2022 MotorTrend Automotive of the Yr®. Lucid Air Grand Touring options an official EPA estimated 516 miles of vary or 1,050 horsepower. Deliveries of Lucid Air, which is produced at Lucid’s manufacturing facility in Casa Grande, Arizona, are at the moment underway to U.S. prospects.
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