All-Electric Half-Mile Drag Race – Lucid Air Sapphire vs. Tesla Model S Plaid

February 22nd, 2024

Less than a decade ago there were few auto enthusiasts that wanted anything to do with an electric vehicle. They were ugly, slow and rare. Today, they are among the fastest and most sought-after vehicles on the street. This half-mile drag race features two of the most capable production cars on the planet – from a performance standpoint. They just happen to be totally electric.

The Lucid Air Sapphire, manufactured in the United States, is an all-wheel drive luxury sedan that just happens to run an 8.95-second quarter-mile @ 158 mph. That’s better than any Corvette, Mustang or Hellcat model. It has a trio of electric motors that can generate the equivalent of 1,234hp and 1,430 lb.-ft. of torque on full charge. Oh, it’s worth mentioning that the Sapphire can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 1.89-seconds. Now, that’s fast. The Sapphire model also has carbon-ceramic brakes, specially designed wheels and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S rubber from the factory.

In the other lane, the Tesla Model S Plaid has been around a while longer than the Sapphire. Also a top tier sedan, the all-wheel drive Plaid utilizes three electric motors to make 1,020hp and 1,050 lb.-ft. of torque. Only slightly less capable than the Sapphire, the Plaid can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 1.98-seconds and turn the quarter-mile in 9.23-seconds @ 152.6 mph.

This should be a great half-mile drag race. Buckle-up.