- “Track Mode” is a software update to the Tesla Model 3 Performance that enables spirited, unstable driving of the sort that enthusiasts crave.
- Tesla released the update on Thursday.
- Motor Trend sampled the tech — and pro driver Randy Pobst lent a hand in its development.
Teslas are so fast in a straight line that they’ve gained some credibility in the drag-racing world. Until recently, however, they haven’t been noted for around-corners race-track performance.
The company was aware of this and so for the Model 3 sedan, it developed a new feature called “Track Mode.” I first heard about when I tested out a Performance version of the Model 3 earlier this year, but it wasn’t yet ready for prime time.
Now it is. “With Track Mode, which is designed specifically for use on closed autocross circuits and racetracks, our goal was simple: use that same motor power and torque to make cornering on the track feel just as natural as forward acceleration,” Tesla said on its website.
After considerable testing and tweaking — including enlisting tame race-car driver and Motor Trend throttle jockey Randy Pobst — Tesla has released Track Mode into the wild. Tesla celebrated the achievement with a very informative blog post about the bonkers performance boost that managed to make it all seem like a completely arid engineering experiment. Sample: “By precisely controlling whether torque goes to the front or the rear wheels, Model 3’s dual motors can immediately and silently increase or decrease the car’s rotation in a corner at your request.”