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How About a "Maximum Plaid" Model 3?

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by George Parrott, Aug 2, 2016.

  1. George Parrott

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    How About a "Maximum Plaid" Model 3?

    At the Sparks GigaFactory Celebration, Elon was clear that a second generation performance Roadster is now on the far back burner ("no good business case" was essentially what was said). There were a number of "us" in the crowd that cried and shouted in despair with that announcement.

    NOW, how about offering a SUPER high performance version of the Model 3 with ...."Maximum Plaid" power? This would be a MOST EASY option to offer and it could be priced another $ X,000 above the already proposed "Ludicrous" version with perhaps some additional SPECIAL DRAMATIC colors (another $ X,000 further OPTION) giving those of us who lust for such performance something to motivate us to give our $$$$$$ to Tesla .

    My only niggle with my Model S P85D with Ludicrous is that it is TOO BIG for any of my needs, so the smaller package of the Model 3 and the full sedan format is PERFECT for what I would actually use AND the "Maximum Plaid" would fulfill ALL my childhood performance dreams now more or less met by the P85DL vehicle format.

    I would just love 0-60 mph in a 5 passenger sedan at 2.5 seconds or so and LOW, repeat LOW 10 seconds in the quarter mile.

    BRING IT ON ELON!
     
  2. Booga

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    I think it will depend on what customers want - you can easily get to a fast 0-60 time if that's what you want. But if you want a track ready car that can operate at maximum for 30 minutes, there will be a lot of changes needed. The most obvious is cooling, because there are plenty of videos on Youtube where I've seen Model S owners do a 1/4 mile run and then have to provide time for the car to cool the batteries down.

    I don't think the Model 3 will satisfy those who want "track ready performance," but if it's just a quick 0-60, then I wouldn't be surprised.
     
  3. eSpiritIV

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    For now track ready cars are and will not be electric. I bet the M3 will beat the MS once the performance data is released. It has to being smaller.
     
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    It'd be awesome if they integrated simulated star streaks into the HUD or entire windshield.
     
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    Not a chance, people would complain about an obstructed view when they need it the most. It'd be different if there was a more advanced autopilot, but then that probably wouldn't be accelerating quickly.
     
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    They are going to save those effects for the teleportation option.
     
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    Yes, there will be some changes needed on the Model S. But to date the only Model 3 I have heard about with a temperature problem is the red mock-up at the GF that "melted" in the heat ;)

    So we do not know yet if those cooling changes is already incorporated in the Model 3.
     
  8. Winston Wolf

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    I'm pretty sure Elon has mentioned that Maximum Plaid would be saved for a next gen Roadster (if they ever do it)
     
  9. Winston Wolf

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    But I bet weight will be similar given the steel/aluminum M3
     
  10. MojaveWheeler

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    The M3 is not a boutique car like the S or X, it is going to be a maximum volume production car. Anything that slows down production will get the axe unless they do a special production run years down the line, in which case the new roadster may already be out. I expect Tesla will offer the dual motor on the M3, along with a ludicrous option after ramp up but that's it.
     
  11. Piney999

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    I like your idea. Much like the BMW M3 is considered superior to the bigger and heavier BMW M5. I think there lots of folks who want the speed/power without the size of the MS.
     
  12. JeffK

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    This is not true. The engineers have mentioned trying to achieve a 20% weight reduction.

    According to Teslarati they estimate about 21% (about 957lbs) of the Model S weight is due to aluminum. Steel weighs 10-40% more than aluminum. During the unveil engineers refused to say what percentage of steel would be used or what kind. Let's say they use a steel that's 10% heavier than aluminum, the model 3 is a smaller car, and the battery holds more energy/lb. The model 3 will easily be a lighter car even with steel.
     
  13. Bruin1996

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    I totally agree with you. Once we get the maxed out performance Model 3 I am taking it and letting my wife drive our S90D full time.
     

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