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3P Road and Track Review

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by spesler, Aug 3, 2018.

  1. spesler

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    #2 tracksyde, Aug 3, 2018
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    The numbers:

    0-60 in 3.51
    0-100 in 8.84
    1/4 mi in 12.07 @ 114MPH
    0-120 in 13.69
    60-0 and 80-0 "on par with BMW M3 with carbon ceramic brakes"

    And regarding track duty:

    "After three or four laps at absolute tire-torturing full speed, the car begins to reduce power output. It's a balanced, gradual event. The motors and battery use cooling circuits that are independent but linked; as one component heats up, the system shifts cooling capacity where it's needed. It can even use the battery as a heat sink to shed excess thermal load from the motors."
     
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  3. ba2002

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    Interesting that I don't see any lap times to compare against other cars at the same track?
     
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  4. tracksyde

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    My guess is they're saving that for another feature editorial. Sounds like the writer(s) took both of the cars home, probably for more testing, more content.
     
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    Pretty glowing review. Key quotes for me were:

    “In our testing, we found the Model 3 Performance to be a joy around the track. It's a tossable delight, even under limited power. And while the rationing of horsepower might be frustrating, it ensures that, as long as all cooling systems are working normally, you'll never fry the car's circuitry, no matter how hard you drive it.”

    “What they've created along with the entire Tesla team is the world's first electric sport sedan with bona fide race track chops. That's important for electric car technology, for motorsports culture, and for the future of the automotive hobby as a whole.”
     
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  7. quantumslip

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    I wonder if the slowdown is due to the front motor being inductive. Others testing with RWD don't report similar slowdowns though it would be nice to get an apples to apples comparison. Makes me wonder how a model with with both front and rear PM motors would perform (ignoring the efficiency issues).
     
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  8. Guest

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    Please give us track Mode in regular AWD!! The few times I go to the track don't equate to purchsing a P, but, come on, lets us play with the handling potential of our cars on occation, please!
     
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  9. juanmedina

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    I though it was going to be an 11 second car... close enough
     
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    Man, those are beautiful photos. Reading this article makes me want to sell my RWD and upgrade.
     
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  11. Funkmobile

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    Editors Note:
     
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  12. SarahsDad

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    “Ed. Note: While the track was relatively dry during our acceleration and braking tests, it began pouring rain during our lapping sessions. Due to these inconsistent conditions, we did not measure lap times.”

    Edit - looks like they just added that line. Wasn’t there the first time I read it...
     
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    50% increase in regen in track mode!

    "In Track Mode, the regenerative braking is increased significantly—up to 0.3g of deceleration, compared to a max of 0.2g in street trim."
     
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    What an amazing review. Maybe instead of getting a standard range car I keep saving my pennies and wait another year to get a performance instead.
     
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    That is a fun article to read. Love the pictures too.

    P3 definitely seems to be a fun car!
     
  17. brianman

    brianman Burrito Founder

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    My favorite part:
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    This is significantly better than the Model S experience. Nice work, Tesla.
     
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  18. SigNC

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    I'm surprised it cut power since I've not heard anything about that in the RWD model. Do induction motors heat up that much vs a Switched Reluctance Motor?
     
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    I believe the reason for reduced power is this track is very fast. On a more technical, slower speed track, I don't expect this to occur. Good to note that it's not a major reduction in power. I don't mind a few tenths of my PB in order to keep driving.
     
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    POETRY!
     
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