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RWD wheel spin on hard launch

Discussion in 'Model 3: Driving Dynamics' started by rlb4, Jun 7, 2018.

  1. rlb4

    rlb4 Member

    May 22, 2018
    Northern NJ
    Is it possible/easy to spin the rear tires if launching hard from a standstill? What about when taking a turn and hitting the "gas"? Even with traction control I can usually get a little spin on higher HP RWD ICE cars. Just trying to get an idea how easy or difficult it is to break loose the rear tires.
  2. Scrutmonkey

    Scrutmonkey Member

    Mar 29, 2018
    Coming from a Mustang driver (1968 coupe), flipping an Infinity I30t in a S-turn, getting squirrelly in a 2005 Toyota Tundra on wet and dry pavement, i haven't been able to push it past out of my comfort zone. It rides very squarely on the pavement in turns, ramps, and even slow city right turns. I'm a bit surprised.

    I've had the rear slide a little in a left turn when I as trying to make the light...maybe from 50 to 35 mph (braking before the turn) at the peak of the turn (dry pavement)..but it's pretty stable from my perspective. I'll need to find a nice empty lot to see how loose it'll get, but form en everyday driver...I'm pleasantly surprised.
  3. Darmie

    Darmie Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2016
    Clear Lake TX.
    I have an S 75 RWD only. I can tell you that I can do a hard straight launch and only get a slight chirp from the wheels. when I do a hard start in a curve, the car only puts down the power that it can handle and once I straighten back up, you feel the extra rush of torque. I would say the computer handles the power very well. Coming from the ole Fbody days, I was slightly disappointed but I'm over it now.
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  4. Daniel in SD

    Daniel in SD Well-Known Member

    Jan 25, 2018
    San Diego
    Short answer, no. Long answer:
    Traction on hard acceleration
    Lots of different opinions and physics discussion. haha
  5. GregRF

    GregRF Squirrel Power

    Jul 22, 2014
    From a low speed turn and stomping on it (like an on ramp with a wide turn) you can get the back end to give a little fishtail, but not much and don't even hear the tires.
  6. jamnmon66

    jamnmon66 Member

    Apr 10, 2018
    Brighton, CO
    You can push it slightly more by turning on Slip Start. It doesn't break the rear end loose but the traction control isn't as aggressive when accelerating through a turn when you're starting at a low speed. Slip Start gets disabled after you drive for a few minutes though.
  7. RTPGiants

    RTPGiants Member

    Dec 18, 2017
    Durham, NC
    I get a little chirp on a WoT from a standstill on the 18" Michelin tires, but not much. I will say if you take it into a parking lot and throw it into a really hard turn it's pretty amazing how glued it stays. You can really feel the low center of gravity due to battery weight.

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