November 8, 2018 update:Tesla today made the final version of its Track Mode software available to Model 3 Performance customers. The software customers will receive has been slightly changed from the pre-production version we tested in the review below, originally released on August 3, 2018.
Like so many things these days, it all started with a tweet. Tesla CEO Elon Musk uses Twitter the way most of us use our inner monologues. Thoughts come out of his head and reach his 22.3 million followers without a step in between.
They come seemingly unannounced. It's easy to imagine a tweet by Musk catching people who work for his company in automobiles, or rockets, or solar cells, or brain-computer interfaces, or tunnels by surprise. Imagine engineers, designers and public relations executives jumping into action, trying to figure out what the eccentric billionaire industrialist is talking about now, how his latest statement will affect the thousands of workers he employs. Or at least that's how we see it.
These impromptu tweets can lead to real results. Like the car you see here: the Tesla Model 3 Performance with 450 hp, 471 lb-ft of torque and dual-engine four-wheel drive. Tucked away in a menu on its touchscreen in the center of the dash, this special car features a new Track mode that offers abilities that no Tesla has offered before. Tesla gearheads have wanted to add a feature like this for years. When Musk unexpectedly tweeted about how this car would beat its most prominent rival on the track, the team took it as full permission to prepare the feature for release.
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The cost of all options, tires, paint, etc. it's included. (except autopilot). The cost is $78,000. Almost the same as the BMW M3, but 15% faster and better handling. It will outrun anything in its class on the track.– Elon Musk (@elonmusk)May 20, 2018
Which tweet by Musk did you think he was talking about?
The standard jab at powerful electric cars has always been, "What happens when you take it out on the track?" Batteries work best within a narrow temperature range. Heavy use, such as sustained acceleration from a racing session, can cause cell temperatures to rise while burning through your driving range. To be fair, cars with an internal combustion engine also emit heat and sound range on the track. But you can drive to the nearest gas station in your Camaro and be ready to rock again in minutes. This is not the case for most electric cars.
So when Tesla told us that its new car would have a special track-ready driving mode, we arranged to meet at Lime Rock Park, America's oldest continuously operating street circuit.
The short answer is no, you can't do laps at qualifying pace all day. But there's much more to it than that.
You'll need good eyesight to tell the Performance model apart from the smaller Model 3s. It sits a little lower on new Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires with 300 Treadwear, 235/35 on 20-inch wheels all around. The brakes are bigger, two-piece 14-inch bimetallic rotors, and four-piston fixed calipers up front. The body is almost unchanged. A small trunk spoiler and an alluring "DUAL MOTOR" badge are the only freebies.
Tesla fans know what that means. Like the more gnarled versions of the Model S and X, this four-wheel-drive 3 launches like a shot from a standstill. Our tests have a 0-60 time of 3.3 seconds, a 0-60 time of 8.6, and a quarter mile time of 11.8 seconds measured at 113.7 miles per hour. Keep the pedal firmly planted and you'll reach a top speed of 250 km/h, which is 15 km/h faster than the base model 3. Braking performance is incredible too, with distances of 60-0 and 80-0 at it paired with a BMW M3 on carbon ceramics.
and. Observation:We originally released a 0-60 time of 3.51 seconds, 0-60 in 8.84 and a quarter mile of 12.07 seconds at 184 km/h. Upon publication, it became clear that these figures were not taken into account.a one-foot release, an industry standard setting we apply to all acceleration data we publish🇧🇷 The acceleration times we measured for the Tesla Model 3 Performance have been updated here to reflect this adjustment.
Fast Teslas have been around for years. The novelty of near-silent supercar acceleration? It's not worn out yet. A non-negotiable requirement from Musk that every Tesla must be released "without incident" from an excavation without squealing the tires. Somehow you don't miss the rubber howl. Model 3 Performance explodes as soon as you start pedalling. This makes the traditional notion of "throttle response" (waiting for air and fuel to enter the combustion chambers, burn and exhaust, resulting in a gradual increase in reciprocating system RPM) seem frighteningly daunting.
That's a lot of fun on the road. But acceleration alone won't get you off a racetrack.
Lime Rock Park is a bullring. A 1.5 mile course with six right turns and a single left, fast and smooth 3rd and 4th speeds, through the hills of northwest Connecticut.
On most days, the forest surrounding the track reverberates with the sounds of dead dinosaurs slaughtered for speed. Not today. As I pull the Model 3 Performance out of the pits, the silence is eerie. Without engine noise, all I hear is the grainy crunch of tire tracks clinging to the pavement, occasionally punctuated by low, high-pitched notes.scheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeof electric motors during hard acceleration.
To beStandard Model 3 rear-wheel drive that I tested earlier this yearIt was a delight on the winding country roads. The heavy battery is slung below the seats and between the axles, bringing the car's center of gravity to approximately the level of the driver's elbows. That, plus a delightfully quick and communicative steering rack, makes cornering in Tesla's smallest sedan intuitive, with excellent suspension compliance and minimal body roll.
The twin-engine performance model does not interfere with the original recipe. Ride height is down 10mm, but spring and damping rates are nearly identical. Michelin tires use a tread design and rubber compound specially selected for this vehicle. Corners are sharper than the entry-level Model 3, and the car requires its polyurethane bumper to stop a little earlier in tight corners. It's the same charming, familiar behavior as the Model 3, but improved.
“It's easy to build a car that drives well. But if you want to go over bumps and do well you have to feel comfortable, that's very difficult," said Lars Moravy, head of chassis technology. "We worked long and hard to make it fast on track, agile and capable. to answer, but without breaking your teeth".
It works, but the car's road-oriented safety systems have other plans. Pulling down triple digits at the end of the straight, the steering wheel jerks with the ABS stalling on the track until you brake. The performance version weighs 4,037 pounds, about 227 pounds more than the rear-wheel drive model, but it's 50/50 front to back. Balancing the car with the crowd is easy. But every hint of yaw brings out the invisible hand of stability control to stabilize the chassis.
It's time to pack our bags and push the button we came here for. The one labeled Follow Mode.
Let's admit one thing right away: we had two Performance Model 3s available on the day of our test run at the Lime Rock track. that made it happenI+TThe company's chief digital officer, Travis Okulski, and I spend a lot of time behind the wheel. It saved us from track day unpredictability like flat tires or boiled brakes, neither of which happened. And yes, it had something to do with battery life. We'll get to it.
and. Observation:While the track was relatively dry during our acceleration and braking tests, it started to rain during our laps. Due to these inconsistent conditions, we do not measure any lap times.
Tesla is still working on the final tracking mode calibration. While both vehicles had this feature turned on, the second car was running a newer version of the software which was transmitted via wireless update the day before our trip. They assured me that the version we tested is almost identical to the one customers will receive when the option launches soon.
To understand what this new mode does, you'll have to forget most of what you know about typical stability and traction control systems. “Our tracking mode doesn't turn features off, it adds them,” Michael Neumeyer, manager of Chassis Controls, told me.
Consider how this car's twin-engine all-wheel drive system works. The vehicle's computer controls constantly refine the torque output of the front and rear engines, instantly responding to driving conditions and driver demands. It's comparable to a modern fly-by-wire fighter plane: no computers, no takeoff. The powertrain, chassis and dynamic control systems of this car are all interconnected. You can't just "turn off" traction control. (We learned this whenconvinced a rear wheel drive Model 3 to make some donutsearlier this year. the car wasNotfeliz.)
Neumeyer and his team internally programmed the driving dynamics control system to enable track mode. This mode pushes the limits of stability control even further. (Note: Track mode doesn't change throttle performance; the Model 3 Performance doesn't have a launch mode or ridiculous throttle settings.) But more importantly, it does some tricky things with the car's regenerative braking.
On the road, it uses regenerative braking at about 90% of its normal braking. When you release the accelerator, the electric traction motors turn into generators, sending a charge to the batteries. On the track, regeneration becomes a tool that helps balance the car's chassis. Those light, delicate brake modulations you use to adjust a car's stance mid-corner? Now you can with a little gas. It's instantaneous, braking and acceleration balanced by one pedal.
It also gives the Model 3 Performance a nifty trick no other Tesla can do: lift and rev oversteer, coded directly into the software. In track mode, regenerative braking increases significantly: deceleration of up to 0.3g, compared to a maximum of 0.2g in highway setting. If you stand up in a turn, the rain throws all your weight forward and overloads the front axle. The rear tires, which now regenerate with much less weight, come off. Stability control feels different. Presto! oversteer
For example, if you step on the gas at this point, the system will override the front axle motor and engage the front tires to pull you out of the turn in a controlled return to the line. I'll kill myself if I say this, but this sports sedan has the same back-and-forth that makes the best front-wheel drive sports cars such a delight, backed up by the no-nonsense instant power and predictability of vectored all-wheel drive. 🇧🇷
As you can imagine, this is a lot of fun. The magic of the Model 3 platform is in the feedback. The fast driving sound surface becomes your fingertips. The chassis lets you know exactly where and when the weight is shifting. Throwability, low polar moment and charm are built into the design. The performance improvements just make it sing louder.
The car minimizes distraction. With no engine noise and no worries about shift points or powerband, you can focus on the most fundamental part of track riding: the tyres. I've never had such a clear understanding of the millisecond changes in front grip around a corner. You hear and feel everything that's happening at the touchpoints, even at 100+ points. Are you going wide in Turn 1? Give it a little regeneration, load up the front axle and get ready to spin. Feeling light on the rising waves of Lime Rock? It will listen and correct you to a degree never experienced in an internal combustion engine car.
Well, well, that's how things can change. And the batteries?
At full throttle, each lap of the 1.5-mile stretch burned through about nine miles of battery life during our tests. Lime Rock Park has just installed a set of 240V Tesla Tier 2 chargers on its premises, not superchargers, but the type of consumer charger that will recharge your Tesla's battery in about six to eight hours. So after staying plugged in overnight and immediately hitting the track with a total range of 310 miles, we could have done a little over 30 full throttle laps before needing to unwind the extension cord. Right?
Not exactly. Heat build-up is inevitable. After three or four laps of tire torture, the car starts to slow down. It is a balanced and gradual event. Motors and battery use independent but interconnected cooling circuits; As a component heats up, the system shifts cooling power to where it's needed. You can even use the battery as a heat sink to dissipate the motors excessive heat load.
This tethered approach to thermal management means that, unlike previous Teslas, track driving doesn't result in a complete loss of power if a component's temperature rises. The battery and motors heat up just as quickly; As the car approaches its thermal limits, power is gradually reduced until the car's cooling capacity can manage the heat output.
And you can continue. The car's power stagnates, the cooling system reaches a steady state. Feel free to continue in this state until the batteries run out. You'll lose some of the strong acceleration in corners, but you'll end up driving like a rocking car. It's still a lot of fun.
Moravy tells me that prior to our arrival at Lime Rock Park, his team ran simulations to see how track mode would work on this particular track. The data predicts that after about three perfect laps at full throttle, the car would gradually gain power and stall at a rate of about two to three seconds behind the absolute fastest lap times the car is capable of. For him, this is not a devastating drop in performance. “Two or three seconds is a misdirection,” he emphasizes.
Our experience was consistent with their predictions. After three or four laps, the powerful thump of the Performance Model 3's acceleration began to wear off. It was always gradual, doable, without losses or sudden changes in performance. A few cool-down laps, or 20 minutes parked in the pits while driving our spare car, and things would be back to full power in no time, without drama.
Is this a limitation? With safety. But it's something we've seen in many cars with an internal combustion engine. a walkCar of the Year performance test last yearIn the summer heat, our previously customized Honda Civic Type R only lasted two laps at the NCM Motorsports ParkOverheating and entering normal operating mode🇧🇷 An Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio that our man Sam Smith tested at Gingerman Racewayhe landed on his face several times on the first lap at full speed🇧🇷 (Alfa Romeo later explained that the car we testedsome important software updates were missing.) A new Mustang GT with Performance Package 2 starts to overheat its differential after a few laps of a typical race track. Ford thinks that if you wanted a race car, you would have chosen the GT350. and remember themwell documented trackday overheating issuesthe corvette z06?
Driving on a race track at high speeds takes a lot out of any car. Driven unsympathetically, even the most track-focused production machine will boil its brake fluid or see its temperature gauges soar. In our testing, we found the Model 3 Performance to be a joy on the track. It's a delight to cast, even with limited power. And while power rationing can be frustrating, it ensures that as long as all the cooling systems are working normally, you'll never burn out the car's circuitry, no matter how hard you drive it.
Of course, there are downsides. After a full morning of laps around the racetrack and riding autocross and drifting off Lime Rock, our two Model 3s each had less than 40 miles left in their heats. The 110-mile drive back to my home in Brooklyn, New York meant plugging in one of Lime Rock's chargers for an hour while I ate lunch and then stopping at the first Supercharger on the way home. The situation was never dire, but it did require a little more advanced planning than simply locating the nearest gas station using GPS.
And I get it: nobody outside of the car magazine business is going to bring two cars to a race day and swap drivers on the fly for laps. Especially when they cost $78,000 each, which is the case when you upgrade a $64,000 Performance Dual Motor Model 3 with the $5,000 Performance Upgrade Order Autopilot and the more luxurious interior and paint options.
Let's be honest: this is not a "racing car". Does not intend to compete withHello Camaro ZL1 1LE,mustang shelby gt350ror thedear missing Dodge Viper ACR🇧🇷 If you buy a four-door sedan, even a fairly fast one, you probably don't plan on chasing spikes and piling tires on it every weekend.
In this scenario, the Tesla Model 3 Performance does a realistic job of delivering impressive numbers and unbeatable feel. It's fast, it can be thrown, and contrary to what your friends in the garage have told you, it doesn't melt away at the mere whisper of a full-speed round. A compelling argument for charming and fun electric cars. Not surprising, considering who built it: Neumeyer's garage has a 2002 BMW and a Porsche 912, while Moravy spends his free time working on vintage Volvos.
What they created together with the entire Tesla team is the world's first electric sports sedan with real track-side abilities. This is important for electric car technology, motorsport culture and the future of the motorsport hobby as a whole.
It's almost enough to make you grateful for Twitter.
Bob SorokanichASSISTANT EDITOR AT ROAD & TRACK MAGAZINEBob Sorokanich is an associate editor at Road & Track magazine.
Is the Model 3 performance faster in track mode? ›
Track Mode, available only on Performance Model 3 vehicles, is designed to modify the stability control, traction control, regenerative braking, and cooling systems to increase performance and handling while driving on closed circuit courses.Does Tesla have a test track? ›
Model S specs and prices:
|Make/Model||Tesla Model S|
|Category||Races and Chases Manufacturing / Production|
The highest-performing Model 3, the Performance has around 450 horsepower and 471 lb-ft and gets to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds. The Dual-Motor has an estimated 363 hp and 394 lb-ft and scoots to sixty from a standstill in 4.2 seconds.Why does Model 3 performance get less range? ›
The Performance model's reduced range comes thanks to its increased horsepower, big Brembo brakes, larger 20″ wheels and sticky Pirelli performance tires.Is a Tesla Model 3 faster than a Porsche? ›
The Porsche manages to catch up once they get up to speed.
So the Porsche Carrera S is the faster car in a straight line, but what's interesting is that the Tesla hit the 1/4 mile at the same time every time, and the car is faster up to about 110 mph. It's only after that the Porsche is able to overtake.
Finally, the Model 3 doesn't have the smoothest ride around. Many rivals are more comfortable over bumpy roads—but that's the trade-off for excellent performance.Is Model 3 performance good in snow? ›
Tesla's dual-motor all-wheel-drive electric vehicles tend to fare quite well in various weather conditions, and we've seen them impress in light snow, heavy snow, and even blizzard conditions. Oftentimes, these cars are shown to perform better than expected wearing all-season tires.Does Model 3 performance have ludicrous mode? ›
Ludicrous Mode was discontinued in 2021, but its acceleration power has been packaged into the high-performance Plaid grade for 2022 Model S and Model X models. Does the Tesla Model 3 have Ludicrous Mode? No. Contrary to Elon Musk's Twitter promises, the Tesla Model 3 does not have Ludicrous Mode enabled.Can you test drive a Tesla performance? ›
Test drives are approximately 30 minutes long and will give you the opportunity to enjoy the unique capabilities and performance of a Tesla vehicle. Tesla occasionally hosts test drive events for those who don't live near a showroom. You can check out our events page to find regional test drive tours near you.Does Test Track go different speeds? ›
Believe it or not, Test Track is the fastest attraction at the Walt Disney World resort. Reaching top speeds of 65 miles per hour, you'll definitely feel windblown after embarking on this high-speed adventure! Although the ride reaches only 65 miles per hour, it was originally planned to speed up to 95 miles per hour.
Does Tesla record when someone hits your car? ›
Yes, Teslas have video cameras that can provide evidence of the cause of a car crash. The Tesla's cameras are constantly monitoring what's going on around the car, including the front, rear and sides of the car. You can use the Tesla video to prove that you were not a fault for an accident.At what speed is Tesla 3 most efficient? ›
|Make/Model||Tesla Model 3|
|Tags||fast charging bjorn nyland|
- Toyota GR Supra 3.0.
- Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
- Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.
- Dodge Challenger Hellcat.
- Porsche 911 Carrera.
- Aston Martin DB11.
Tesla has designed its batteries to have much better power transfer. Incredible amount of electricity can flow in and out of the battery enabling it to deliver high power to the power-hungry motors.Should I charge my Tesla to 80% or 90? ›
What percentage should I charge the battery to? For regular use, we recommend keeping your car set within the 'Daily' range bracket, up to approximately 90%. Charging up to 100% is best saved for when you are preparing for a longer trip. You can adjust how full the battery charges from the charge settings menu.Can you boost the Model 3 performance? ›
If you drive a Long Range Model 3 or Model Y, you may be able to purchase the 'Acceleration Boost' upgrade that increases your vehicle's acceleration and lowers your 0-60 time. The Tesla Model 3 Long Range already has an acceleration from 0 to 60 mph time of about 4.2 seconds.Can a Tesla go faster than a Ferrari? ›
Tesla Model S Plaid vs. Ferrari SF90 Stradale specs comparison.
|Tesla Model S Plaid||Ferrari SF90 Stradale|
|Top speed||200 mph (322 km/h)*||211 mph (340 km/h)|
The Tesla beats the Lamborghini in all the acceleration metrics, demolishing the Lambo on the way to 60 miles per hour, as well as through the quarter mile.What Tesla is faster than a Lamborghini? ›
It covers the quarter-mile in 9.89 seconds, while the Lambo does the same in 11.13. Both vehicles are faster in the second heat, but the Model X Plaid again comes out on top, making it to the finish line in 9.84 seconds compared to the Huracán Evo's 10.84 seconds.Is Model 3 performance faster than Model Y performance? ›
As you can see in the chart above, the Long Range AWD and Performance versions of the Model 3 are slightly quicker in a 0 to 60 MPH and also have a higher top speed than the Model Y.
Do Teslas need to warm up? ›
To achieve maximum range and performance, it is helpful to warm the cabin and Battery before you leave.Does Model 3 Performance have all season tires? ›
The Tesla Model 3 Performance comes from the factory with summer tires.Which gear shift is best for snow? ›
If your car is mired in deep snow, straighten the wheel and start in first gear for more pulling power. Then shift to D when you are clear. Going around a curve on a bad street, downshift to gain traction, upshift to resume speed on the other side.Is Model 3 performance faster than Model S? ›
What is this? The most affordable, entry-level Long Range Model S performs better than its little sibling. It delivers 405 miles range with a 0-60 mph time of 3.1 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. That's 52 miles extra than the Long Range Model 3 and 10 mph quicker.How do I activate ludicrous mode in Model 3? ›
To activate, the driver must depress the brake pedal while pushing on the accelerator pedal. When the battery has reached its optimum temperature, the driver releases the brake pedal for instant and maximum thrust. Tesla discourages drivers from operating in Ludicrous Plus Mode for extended periods.Does Model 3 performance have lowered suspension? ›
The biggest change introduced to the Tesla Model 3 is the new suspension. The electric car comes with lowered springs sourced from H&R, which has brought the sedan closer to the ground.Does driving Tesla fast drain battery? ›
This can vary from a few miles per day to quite significant amounts depending on the settings in the car and can be a problem if leaving your car while on holiday. This guide tells you how you can minimise Tesla vampire drain.Does driving fast in Tesla reduce range? ›
To maximize range, it's important to watch your driving speed and keep regenerative braking in its 'Standard' setting, if selectable regenerative braking is equipped on your vehicle. As you drive, be mindful of common reasons your range may decrease more rapidly: High driving speeds.Do Tesla dealerships allow test drives? ›
Demo Drive a Tesla at a store near you. Drivers must have a valid U.S. driver's license and be 18 years of age or older.Why doesn t Test Track go 65 mph? ›
The original plan was to have the ride go all the way up to 95mph, but due to Florida speed limits and safety concerns, Imagineers took it back down to 65mph.
Why does Test Track go 64.9 mph? ›
Test Track tops out at 64.9 miles per hour, just under the 65 MPH speed limit in Florida. Due to the horsepower of each slot car, it goes from zero to 64.9 MPH in 8.8 seconds, which makes the outdoor portion exhilarating.Does Test Track feel like a roller coaster? ›
The car rockets outside the building and onto an outdoor track where it accelerates up to 65 mph! This makes Test Track the fastest attraction at Walt Disney World. While Test Track may sound like a white-knuckled thrill ride, it's surprisingly tame in comparison to Tower of Terror or Rock n' Roller Coaster.Can someone steal your Tesla? ›
According to a related article published by Electrek, a security research team at IOActive was able to reverse engineer Tesla's NFC protocol to show that an NFC relay attack can prove successful in stealing a Tesla EV.Does Tesla listen to their customers? ›
Crucially, the company culture is focused on listening to customers. It makes about 20 engineering changes every week to its Model S vehicle in response to what customers tell them about their driving experiences, or to data insights gathered on how customers use their cars.Will my Tesla stop before hitting something? ›
In addition to Automatic Emergency Braking, your vehicle may apply the brakes to prevent or mitigate a subsequent impact after an initial collision if airbag deployment is detected. The brakes may be applied regardless of driving speed.What speed gets best mileage Tesla? ›
Bottom line, the most time-efficient speed is 75-80 mph. if you go faster, you'll use energy faster than the Supercharger can replace it, so you're net trip time will increase.Are Teslas more efficient in city or highway? ›
Like most electric cars, Teslas achieve higher miles per gallon equivalent ratings in city driving rather than highway driving. According to the US Department of Energy, the Tesla achieves 124 MPGe in city driving and 115 MPGe on the highway.Does speed affect Tesla battery life? ›
Factors Affecting Energy Consumption
Elevated driving speed. Environmental conditions such as cold or hot weather and wind. Using climate controls to heat or cool the cabin. Uphill travel: Driving uphill requires more energy and depletes range at a faster rate.
In the rolling race from 30 mph, the Tesla really gets the jump on the Lamborghini, which actually kicked down into first gear, so it initially bogged down. However, once it gets into its stride, it again has no problem beating the Model 3.Can a Model 3 beat a Hellcat? ›
Unfortunately for the driver, the Hellcat V8 is defeated by the Tesla's all-wheel drive and battery power. The Model 3 gets a great launch and holds the lead to run 11.60, versus 11.67 for the Charger.
Is Tesla Model 3 faster than Porsche? ›
The Porsche manages to catch up once they get up to speed.
So the Porsche Carrera S is the faster car in a straight line, but what's interesting is that the Tesla hit the 1/4 mile at the same time every time, and the car is faster up to about 110 mph. It's only after that the Porsche is able to overtake.
In the end, the Tesla Plaid came out on top with a 6.139 second elapsed time (ET) at 119 mph compared to the Hellcat's 7.268 second ET at 98 mph.What car can beat a Tesla? ›
The record-setting Taycan was fitted with a newly available performance kit. Now that's a racing line.Does Tesla Model 3 have a vehicle tracking system? ›
Does my Tesla have a tracker? You can track your Tesla directly through your Tesla app, which uses a GPS tracking system to locate your car. To learn more, visit our Security Features page.Can Tesla beat a Hellcat? ›
In the end, the Tesla Plaid came out on top with a 6.139 second elapsed time (ET) at 119 mph compared to the Hellcat's 7.268 second ET at 98 mph.Can you boost Model 3 performance? ›
If you drive a Long Range Model 3 or Model Y, you may be able to purchase the 'Acceleration Boost' upgrade that increases your vehicle's acceleration and lowers your 0-60 time. The Tesla Model 3 Long Range already has an acceleration from 0 to 60 mph time of about 4.2 seconds.Can you track your Tesla if stolen? ›
Even if the person passes all the safety features and eventually gets away with the car, Tesla cars are very easy to locate. They can easily track the car through the Tesla app and it will be recovered. In fact, a report in the US claimed that out of 115 stolen Tesla cars, 112 were actually recovered.Can Tesla owners track their cars? ›
Like other apps available for electric cars, Tesla's lets owners monitor their vehicle's charging status, battery state of charge, and other important functions. That includes the location of the car, which owners can track using GPS.Can you use track mode on the street? ›
According to the police officer, it is illegal to drive the car in track mode and the car would not pass an inspection unless the software was removed – increasing the cost to $US7000 ($AU10,850).How do you increase Tesla follow distance? ›
To adjust the following distance you want to maintain between Model 3 and a vehicle traveling ahead of you, press the steering wheel's right scroll button to the left or right.
Does Tesla keep track of speed? ›
Your Tesla vehicle measures its own speed, the speed of the vehicle in front and the distance between the two vehicles. Based on these measurements, your vehicle calculates the number of seconds you would have to react and stop if the vehicle in front of you came to a sudden stop.