Watch this drag race that puts the Lucid Air up against the Tesla Model S Plaid. It also features the legendary E39 M5!

  • 0:00 Introduction - Tesla Model S Plaid vs Lucid Air Dream and E39 M5
  • 1:27 The BMW M5 as the world's quickest sedan
  • 1:55 Drag Race: E39 M5 riat 70 mph, Tesla Plaid and Lucid Air Standing Start
  • 2:27 The Drag Race Replay: Tesla Model S Plaid
  • 2:46 The Drag Race Replay: BMW E39 M5 70-mph head start
  • 3:07 E39 M5 speeds past a cop car, gets caught in less than 1/4 mile
  • 3:41 The Lucid Air destroys a Porsche Taycan Turbo S through the 1/4 mile
  • 4:57 Drag Race 2 - Tesla vs Lucid vs Gravity
  • 5:46 Fatal Injury — Max Splatterson wasn't hurt
  • 6:06 Drag Race Replay Leaderboard
"Episode 2 of Cammisa's Ultimate Drag Race Replay features today's two quickest accelerating sedans, the 1020-hp Tesla Model S Plaid and the 1111-hp Lucid Air Dream Edition.

But to put their performance into perspective, we use a known benchmark from 20 years ago: the E39-chassis BMW M5. With a 400-hp, 4.9-liter V-8, the E39 was the quickest sedan in the world when it debuted in 2000.

For this drag race, it gets a highway-speed head start: it begins the drag race at 70 mph. Will the Tesla and Lucid catch up within a quarter-mile?

And finally, what about a skydiver? Max Splatterson — a fictional, computer-generated skydiver — begins his race exactly one quarter mile above the finish line. He and the two electric sedans start at exactly the same time. His position during the fall is calculated using math and physics; the cars' positions are thanks to sheer horsepower. (And a couple other things, like tire grip. And suspension. And aero drag. Whatever. They're really racing.) "