World’s Fastest Production Drag Race – Lucid vs. Plaid vs. Bugatti

December 16th, 2022

This is it! This is the dog’s “paws” for high-performance production drag racing. Gathered here are a trio of the fastest production machines on planet earth. The first two are of the all-electric variety. The third is all forced air induction and internal combustion. Just for good measure, there’s also a souped-up two-wheeler in the mix. We begin with a closer look at the metal.

The top seed has to be the Lucid, but full disclosure, the Sapphire is still in the prototype phase. The Sapphire also looks awfully generic – just like the Plaid. The Bugatti on the other hand, is a work of art. The Ducati? I like my bikes big, loud and American so don’t ask me about the superbike.

Both the 2021 Tesla Model S Plaid and the 2023 Lucid Air Sapphire utilize a trio of electric motors and a single speed transmission. The Tesla can generate 1020hp and 1050 lb.-ft. of torque, while the Lucid can zap you with 1200+hp. The sole gas burner, the 2021 Bugatti Chiron PUR SPORT, is powered by a mid-mounted quad turbo 8.0-liter W16 engine that can produce 1479hp and 1180 lb.-ft. of torque.

As the lighter of the electric sedans, the Tesla tips the scale at 4828-pounds. The Sapphire weighs in at a cumbersome 5400-pounds and the Chiron comes in at a svelte 4450-pounds.

The Tesla can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 2.1-seconds, cut a 9.3-second quarter mile @ 151 mph and accomplish a 216 mph top speed. Still in the developmental stages, the Lucid offering blasts from 0 to 60 mph in 1.89-seconds. It can cover the standing quarter mile in 9.1-seconds @ 156 mph and has a top speed of 205 mph. For the Bugatti, 0 to 60 mph can happen in only 2.3-seconds. The French Fried Flyer boasts a top speed of 261 mph and can turn the quarter mile 9.3-seconds @ 167.8 mph.

Wow! This is going to be a wild one.

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