Tesla Model 3 Performance Will Get a 'Track Mode'

Sean Szymkowski
by Sean Szymkowski

The Tesla Model 3 Performance is the latest Model 3 variant on the block, but owners will be in for a new feature in the future.

Tesla confirmed with Motor Authority that it will introduce a “track mode” for the Model 3 Performance. The news comes after YouTuber Marques Brownlee posted an Instagram video testing “track mode” for the first time. In the video, Brownlee said the feature is still “experimental.”

The Silicon Valley-based automaker said “track mode” will not be the system’s final name, but detailed how it works and what exactly it tweaks for drivers. Foremost, the Model 3 Performance, which features a dual-motor setup, take full advantage of the motors’ torque and slip distribution rather than the brakes. Tesla said it gives drivers more control of the car for spirited driving but doesn’t shut off driver-assistance features.

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With the mode engaged, regenerative braking power increases, cooling is adjusted for track driving, and the software simulates a limited-slip differential with the car’s brakes with targeted usage.

All of the functions come from Tesla’s first in-house vehicle dynamics controller, which allowed the automaker to better integrate the powertrain with driver assistance features like traction control.

Right now, Tesla has no immediate plans to introduce “track mode” or whatever its final name will be, but the hope is to roll it out to customers via an over-the-air update in the coming months.

[Source: Motor Authority]

A version of this story originally appeared on Hybrid Cars.

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