Lucid releases Laguna Seca lap time, but it’s not Tesla Plaid fast

Credit: Twitter | Lucid Motors

Lucid has officially released its Laguna Seca lap time for the Tri-Motor variant of the Air, but it is not quite as fast as the Tesla Model S Plaid Powertrain.

Lucid set a “personal best” at Laguna Seca with an out-of-the-box lap time of 1:31.3. An impressive lap time for a brand new automaker, the Air still beat cars like the Ferrari 488 GTB, Porsche 911 Turbo S, and the Dodge Viper SRT-10 ACR.

But, it is still a second slower than the Plaid Model S that Tesla unveiled during the Battery Day event on September 22nd.

The performance from the Lucid Air is undoubtedly impressive. Lucid is a relatively new manufacturer, and the Air is the first car that the company has ever made. The Tri-Motor variant is its fastest configuration of the vehicle, and at one point, it smashed the Model S Plaid’s record that Tesla had set upon announcing the new powertrain in late 2019.

Tesla’s initially recorded time of 1:36.555 seconds was the track record at the 2.238-mile Laguna Seca raceway. On September 17th, 2020, the Lucid Air ran what seemed to be a 1:33-second lap at the track, which was recorded on video by The Kilowatts. This would have beat the Model S Plaid’s lap time by over 3.5 seconds, a considerable margin in automotive racing.

Lucid confirmed that the lap time was 1.31.3 seconds, making it a “personal best” at the track for the new automaker. It was not a track record for production models, however. The Plaid Model S ran a 1:30.3-second lap, a record for fully-electric vehicles at the track.

The rivalry that has come between Lucid and Tesla in recent memory has come from performance-based standards, and not with EV tech. Lucid has boasted its ability to run impressively fast quarter-miles and quick laps around Laguna Seca. But it seems that Tesla’s improvements to the Model S Plaid Powertrain over the past year have simply eclipsed Lucid’s tech for now.

The two companies seem to be indirectly competing with one another in order to establish themselves as the king of EV performance. Interestingly enough, both Lucid and Tesla are continuing to improve their vehicles and powertrains, and it seems that the battle may be far from over.

Joey Klender: Joey has been a journalist covering electric mobility at TESLARATI since August 2019. In his time at TESLARATI, Joey has broken several big stories, including the first images of the Tesla Model S Plaid, the imminent release of the 4680 Model Y through EPA certification, and several expansions to the Lucid AMP-1 factory in Arizona, to name a few. His stories have been featured in several publications, including Yahoo! Finance, Fox News, CNET, and Seeking Alpha. In his spare time, Joey is playing golf, watching MMA, or cheering on any of his favorite sports teams, including the Baltimore Ravens and Orioles, Miami Heat, Washington Capitals, and Penn State Nittany Lions. You can get in touch with joey at He is also on Twitter @KlenderJoey.
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