For about 15 years, Tesla and Lucid Motors have been waging an exciting battle for supremacy in an electric car industry with hundreds of billions of dollars at stake.
Now you can see their cars literally driving past each other at insane speeds on a quarter mile strip of sidewalk.
DragTimes, a popular YouTube channel, recently hosted such a race between Lucid Air Dream Edition and Tesla’s Model S Plaid. Both cars are their company’s high-performance sedans, meaning they each offer exceptional horsepower.
The Lucid Air Dream Edition, which has a starting price of $ 169,000, comes with up to 1,111 horsepower, according to the company’s website. The nearly $ 125,000 Plaid version of the Tesla Model S checks in with 1,020 in horsepower. By comparison, the average sedan has between 200 and 300 horsepower, according to Autolist.
So how did the battle between these two powerful electric cars go? Tesla’s high-performance sedan beat its rival from Lucid in three out of four attempts.
Lucid’s car only won after host Brooks Weisblat deactivated Tesla’s “Launch Mode”, which improves the Model S Plaid’s acceleration to help it go from zero to 60 miles per hour in just 1.99 seconds. It does so at the expense of the car’s battery power, and as Motor Trend notes, the feature takes several minutes ahead of time to prepare.
By comparison, the Air Dream Edition needs about 2.5 seconds to go from portrait to 60 MPH. And as HypeBeast noted on Wednesday, Tesla’s car weighs about 400 pounds less than Lucid’s car – which could also help explain why the Model S Plaid ruled supremely on the tow strip.
Neither Tesla nor Lucid Motors responded immediately to CNBC Make Its request for comment. However, Weisblat noted in the video that a spokesman for Lucid Motors told him that the company’s focus is more on “luxury and efficiency” than on speed.
“If a car comes with 1,100 horsepower, will you see how efficient it is?” Weisblat asked viewers, seemingly rhetorically. “Or how fast is it?”
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