Silicon Valley startup Lucid Motors gave the public a preview look at its first car during the Los Angeles auto show during a brief appearance. The company, formerly named Atieva, has been very secretive about its work up until now. The as-yet unnamed car will be a premium electric sedan.
Designer Derek Jenkins takes advantage of the car's electric drivetrain in shaping the sedan, deemphasizing the front end of the car, as it does not need to hold a large internal combustion engine. Similarly, the car is not nearly as long as other premium sedans, such as the BMW 7-Series, yet offers comparable or better cabin space due to the electric drivetrain packaging.
Lucid Motors has an F1 racing engineer on staff who designed the front air intake. This intake uses a vortex design, so that incoming air pressure creates a circulating pattern. That air is used to cool the battery pack, as the car does not need a traditional radiator.
Lucid has been testing its electric drivetrain extensively, and not only expects to get a range at well over 300 miles, but estimates acceleration to 60 mph at around 2.6 seconds, which is extremely quick.