Lucid Begins Constructing Air Sapphire Launch Candidate Autos

The look forward to the quickest manufacturing four-door electrical sedan on this planet is sort of over as Lucid Motors has introduced the manufacturing of the primary Air Sapphire launch candidate automobiles.

“The world’s first luxurious electrical super-sports sedan will probably be accessible quickly,” Lucid stated in a tweet accompanied by a photograph of an Air Sapphire on the road at its plant in Casa Grande, Arizona.

Whereas the EV startup doesn’t say what “quickly” means, the actual fact the Air Sapphire has reached the discharge candidate stage suggests the beginning of manufacturing might be weeks away.

A launch candidate model is what a standard automaker would name a manufacturing validation  (PV) car. These automobiles usually observe the hand-built beta prototypes and are made virtually solely on the manufacturing line. The objective with PV automobiles is to validate if the product meets engineering requirements and specs.

Unveiled final summer season at Monterey Automobile Week, the Lucid Air Sapphire is anticipated to beat the Tesla Mannequin S Plaid’s acceleration and quarter-mile occasions, in addition to the highest pace. 


With over 1,200 horsepower from a tri-motor electrical powertrain – together with a twin-motor rear-drive unit with a fancy torque-vectoring system – the Lucid Air Sapphire is able to sensational efficiency. 

It does 0-60 miles per hour in 1.89 seconds, 0-100 mph in 3.87 seconds, the standing quarter-mile in lower than 9 seconds, and it hits a prime pace of 205 mph. Lucid says this makes the Air Sapphire “not solely essentially the most highly effective electrical sedan ever produced but in addition essentially the most highly effective sedan on this planet.”

Lucid additionally claims that Air Sapphire improvement autos have recorded unofficial lap occasions at main racetracks which might be “considerably quicker than many famend hypercars.”

When it first confirmed the Air Sapphire final 12 months, Lucid stated it could provide it as a limited-production mannequin with costs beginning at $249,000 within the US and 325,000 Canadian {dollars} in Canada.

The corporate stated in November 2022 that the high-performance electrical sedan would enter manufacturing within the first half of 2023, however it appears to be like as if the SOP was pushed again to the second half of the 12 months.