You won't believe how fast the big EV sedan ran up the legendary hill.
This year's Goodwood Hill Climb event was full of fun surprises. An electric mini-car called the McMurtry Speirling broke the all-time record up the hill, taking just 39.08 seconds. That was enough to dethrone the previous record holder, the Volkswagen ID.R, by just a hundredth of a second. Though there's no way it could outmatch the Speirling's insane fan-downforce system that helps it stick to the road, the 2022 Lucid Air had itself quite the weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The Lucid Air Grand Touring Performance was the quickest production car to climb the hill at 50.79 seconds. This was quick enough to rank 12th overall, behind only purpose-built track cars that are not road legal. For the record, this is not the all-time production car record, but it's quicker than many supercars over the 1.6-mile run.
To achieve such an outstanding time, the 1,050 horsepower electric luxury sedan was wielded professional racing driver Ben Collins, also known to Top Gear fans as the original Stig. It may produce more power than the record-breaking Speirling, but the Lucid Air Grand Touring is a completely stock road car equipped with a heavy glass roof and low-rolling-resistance tires that provide an impressive 446-mile driving range. Not to mention it has luxury comforts such as air conditioning and nav. And remember, Lucid has an even more powerful model called the Air Dream Edition Performance, which develops 1,111 hp, that could potentially go even faster up the hill.
Lucid Motors made a big splash in Europe, where the American automaker plans to sell their vehicles later this year. The company recently launched its first European Studio in Munich, Germany and plans to open its first international production plant in Saudi Arabia. Additional studios and service centers will launch later in 2022 in Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and Switzerland. European buyers will be able to choose between the Dream Edition R with a 520-mile range, or the Dream Edition P with 1,111 hp.