Lucid Group has unveiled its all-new electric drive unit for motorsports, which can already be found on the race circuit as the standard front drive unit for the world’s leading single-seater electric racing series.
“With incredible power density of 14.7 hp/kg and immense energy recuperation, this drive unit will once again transform electric motorsports, following in the footsteps of our revolutionary battery pack in prior race seasons,” said Peter Rawlinson, CEO and CTO, Lucid Group. “For Lucid, the transfer of technology between motorsports and road cars is a two-way symbiosis. This new motorsports drive unit builds directly upon the groundbreaking powertrain technology developed in-house by Lucid and proven on the road in every Lucid Air. I’m excited by the prospect that some of the technical advancements introduced may in turn make their way to future Lucid road cars.”
The new motor features a new motorsport drive unit that produces 469 horsepower, even though it has a weight of only 70.5 pounds. The motor is also capable of a max rotor speed of 19,500 rpm.
The release stated that it features the same state-of-the-art high-voltage continuous wave winding and proprietary microjet cooling system that can be found in the motors powering the Lucid Air sports sedan.
The company has highlighted that it provides regenerative energy recovery from the front wheels under braking, significantly enhancing the racecar’s performance envelope, efficiency and relevance to road car advancement.
The new motors are produced entirely in-house by Lucid and using their expertise of e-motor design, power electronics, computer simulation, and design engineering they have created an incredible drive unit.
Press release and picture: Lucid Motors