Track Mode on the Model 3 is pretty cool, especially because it keeps getting better as time goes on. It was very basic when I got my P3D- and has got better two times already. I have driven a number of times with track mode and it is simply a blast to drive, the beast wakes up in track mode especially when it puts down over 1000 Wh/mi of power and pulls 1 G of acceleration and 1 G of braking on non-sport brakes. Re-gen FTW!
|Fun on some back roads with track mode.|
Here is how to setup track mode and all the options that are available:
First the update on that I got on March 10, 2020 which gave some major features of track mode has details here. Going over the setup screen by screen this is what it looks like:
First Navigate to the Menu Screen and Click on Driving. The car needs to be in Park to activate track Mode.
|Track Mode in Driving Options Screen|
When the Track Mode is selected these warnings and cautions are displayed. It can either be cancelled or selected.
|Track Mode Warnings|
I cancelled and went into the Customize option. There are already 2 presets available: Race Preset and Drift Preset. These are the settings for the Race Preset: 50-50 Handling Balance, Stability at Neutral, 100% Regen Braking, Post-Drive Cooling enabled, Compressor Overclock disabled, and Save DashCam for Laps enabled.
|Track Mode Race Preset|
By contrast the Drift Preset is set to have 100% rear bias, -10 Stability control, 100% regen braking, and both Post-drive cooling and Save Dashcam turned on and compressor overclock off.
|Track Mode Drift Preset|
Clicking on each of the information icons gives the various details.
|Handling Balance Information|
|Stability Assist Information|
|Post Drive Cooling Information|
|Compressor Overclock information|
|Save Dashcam for Laps Information|
|New preset uses race preset as a starting point.|
|Handling Balance 100% to front.|
|Stability at +10|
|Stability at -10|
|Reduced Regen Warning|
|Compressor Overclock Turned on|
|Vehicle Status Screen when Track Mode is engaged|
|Lap Marker can be set on map to record footage.|
Fun Stuff for sure!
|Non PUP Brake Testing in Track Mode|
The result were pretty awesome - being able to hit 1-g of acceleration, 0.9g braking, and 0.8g of cornering with all-season 19" tires and stock small brakes. The tires still had more grip left as I was nowhere near squealing them in corners.
|0.9 G of Braking and 0.8 G of cornering on non Performance Brakes and Tires|