Tesla Model 3 Gets Track Mode beats Ferraris time and gets ability to drift

Tesla Model 3's track updated makes it a little tail happy and ferociously fast

2y ago

As Model 3s are finally being delivered to waiting customers Telsa is starting to send out first updates, with the new Track Mode being the first. All Model 3 Performance variants have received an over-the-air updated unlocking the new 'Track-Mode' announced earlier this year.

Track mode replaces the cars current stability control system with Tesla's new in-house developed system named the 'Vehicle Dynamics Controller'. In short, this makes the Tesla Model 3 more-rear wheel drive as the software sends more torque to the rear axle to help you get through the tight corners faster. You can think of it as a SORT-OF Focus RS Drift button just a lot more advanced and with a different purpose in mind.

We will probably start seeing a lot more Focus RS style drift win and fail videos like the one below, from Tesla themselves.

It's not just all smoke and fun though, track mode is a serious featured developed at the Willows Springs’ Street circuit with Motor Trends Randy Pobst an experienced GT and Touring car driver, Randy managed to squeeze a time of 1:21:49 out of the Model 3 with track mode. That's 1.29 seconds quicker than the fantastic Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. and about the same as Porsche Cayman GT4. It even beat the Ferrari 458 Italia time of 1:22.30 giving it some serious bragging rights.

Track Mode Features in Detail:

Motor Torque for rotation, as Tesla explains their new Stability Control System is meant to help amateurs and pros alike get more from the car on the track, where conventional traction/stability control systems tend to limit it.

Tesla system monitors all of the driver inputs on and decides where to send the torque- So if you are not turning enough I.E under-steering it will send more torque to the rear, if you are turning too much E.I over-steering it will save your butt by limiting torque at the rear and sending it to the front axle. The car is said to be capable of 100% rear or front torque bias.

Another way Model 3 fights under-steer is with sorta brake vectoring system, as it uses open differentials it is quite prone to just sending the power to the wheel with least-resistance and this traction. Tesla system monitors this and applies braking force to the wheel with excessive slip to maximise available traction.

More regenerative braking and cooler batteries, regenerative braking is kicked up into overdrive in the track mode, allowing for more 1 pedal operation and to restore more energy into the battery. All of this hard-driving and regenerative braking generates a lot of heat something electric batteries aren't fond off, to cope with that the batteries temps are proactively dropped in preparation for track mode and the cooling system is overclocked to cool the power pack more efficiently. Lastly, the heat limits and on the powertrain were raised to allow the car to perform on track for longer.

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Comments (14)

  • The skateboard format of EV’s, along with milisecond torque vectoring programs that can be treated like Downloadable Content, this comes to zero surprise... but the main reasons I still drive ICE is heat capacity - we do need more than a handful of laps out of a track car. So damn that’s some excellent engineering, but still a sort of “gimmick” since the whole $15k+ system gets fried in a few track days just to beat road legal car times that can continue the weekend fun for years. Then again, 90% of people buy a “sports car” just to pose in it and brag about what it could do; 75% also drag race other morons on public roads for no money or valuable trophy so... this sort of product is dead on as it will not “mustang” and not defacate on a historical pedigree of racing heritage.

      2 years ago
  • I personally would love to see this develop over time. Is it a serious commitment to creating a drivers car - yes. Is it showing potential - yes.

    I am a serious fan of all things engine driven, the more power the better. The mainstream Evs are not appealing at present, this is the closest so far

      2 years ago
    • Out of all the comments I mostly agree with you, I love the tech and direction it's taking, it's just not quite there yet in my opnion..

        2 years ago
  • Impressive track time but I believe cooling is still an issue with these. Those times only hold up for a few laps until the heat forces the system to dial the power back. I wonder what the lap time is for an extended period? Still this is a good start and I believe they will improve rapidly. Porsche is talking about having a lap mode in the Taycan.

      2 years ago
  • Unfortunately it won’t be able to keep up in terms of top speed, and range will certainly be an issue in certain types of competitions.

      2 years ago
  • Hell no!!! America needs our raw horsepower on the track that we all love. No a hybrid or a electric car!

      2 years ago