Team Lucid recognises that taking on Tesla requires more than guts – drivers will rate the Air on how it handles. Early previews indicate the Dream Edition performs superbly. Beyond the tremendous acceleration and the ability to travel 400m in under 10 seconds, the Air doesn’t slow down as it gathers speed, perhaps due to the proprietary permanent magnet electric motor that spins up to 20,000 rpm with enviable, ballerina-like grace. The DreamDrive assistance suite features 32 sensors, including radar, camera, ultrasonic devices and a long-distance LIDAR to measure distance using laser beams, providing all-weather functionality and keeping the driver informed at all times. The 88.0 kWh battery on the entry-level Pure supplies just under 400km within 16 minutes’ fast charging, while the Dream Edition’s 113.0 kWh battery adds 450km of range in 20 minutes. All this may help explain why the Dream Edition, the first off, the assembly line with a price of €175,000 in Europe, is closed to new bookings. Luckily, LeasePlan will soon have all four Lucid Air models available to customers with plenty of leasing options.