Tesla Model 3 Performance adds 'Track mode,' system detailed

A Software Update Turns The Tesla Model 3 Into A Drift Monster

A Software Update Turns The Tesla Model 3 Into A Drift Monster

Tesla is rolling out an update for the Model 3 Performance that adds "Track Mode", a new driving mode that tweaks various characteristics of the vehicle for track racing. Using the car's existing hardware, the new software essentially ups the reactivity of the the car's twin-motor, all-wheel drive powertrain, which, as you'll know, is really rather reactive to start with.

Tesla's in-house Vehicle Dynamics Controller is able to cater to the driver's intention within a matter of milliseconds and adjust torque bias between the front and rear wheels accordingly.

Additionally, the brakes also come into play more often through the bends, enhancing the 3's ability to push more torque to the loaded side by applying even more braking force on the inside.

Finally, there's a torque vectoring system which mimics the operation of a limited-slip differential through small brake and motor inputs. Then it abandons this plan entirely.

Other elements of Track Mode include increased regenerative braking, which both extends the life of the conventional braking system and tops up the battery with more energy, and better cooling.

Tesla has also begun selling a new Model 3 key fob on its website for a steep $150. Tesla said the system will also work for longer when the car's parked to bring the temperatures lower than it normally would, leaving you with more time before things start to overheat. Cue "never been in Track Mode" lines on used Model 3 adverts.

"This requires lightning fast torque control and the ability for the auto to precisely regulate traction on each tire - both of which are standard features in every Tesla, but that we've expanded upon with Track Mode to make highly technical driving effortless", the company says.

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