Slippery Sedan: Lucid Air To Become World’s Most Aero-Efficient Luxury Car
Achieves industry-best 0.21 coefficient of drag.
Lucid Motors today announced the upcoming Air luxury electric sedan has a verified drag coefficient of 0.21. That’s good enough to make the Lucid Air the world’s most aero-efficient production car, once it enters production, of course.
Lucid’s quest to be the most efficient car in the world has driven their engineering teams to focus on every aspect of increasing powertrain efficiencies and pushing the limits to reduce drag as much as possible. To achieve that goal, Lucid tells us they assembled an aerodynamics team that includes leading technologists and analysts from the worlds of automotive and motorsport that have played a role in four Formula One World Championships.
With a drag coefficient of .21, the Lucid Air takes the aero-crown from the Mercedes A-Class Sedan and the BMW 5-Series EfficientDynamics Edition, both boasting the industry-low .22 Cd.
Lucid credits the Air’s aerodynamic efficiency as a major contribution to its prototypes achieving “comfortably” over 400 miles of range on public roads at highway speeds. In fact, some speculated that Lucid would be the first production electric vehicle to have an EPA rated range of 400 miles, but Tesla recently beat them to that milestone.
“Range and performance are usually perceived as mutually exclusive, but a focus upon key efficiency determinants such as aerodynamics can truly benefit both. A further factor is that Lucid Air’s frontal area, or ‘A,’ is also particularly low as a consequence of the Air’s innovative ‘Space Concept’ design package layout. The resultant combination of a low coefficient of drag with a low frontal area creates a beneficial multiplier effect upon total drag force on the car, and it’s this multiple that influences range.” – Lucid CEO & CTO, Peter Rawlinson
Lucid continues to include top speed runs in its track, testing process to ensure high-speed stability and to validate the functionality of aerodynamic systems. Additionally, Lucid claims that an Air Alpha prototype achieved a GPS-confirmed top speed of 235 mph.