TMC is an independent, primarily volunteer organization that relies on ad revenue to cover its operating costs. Please consider whitelisting TMC on your ad blocker or making a Paypal contribution here: paypal.me/SupportTMC

Test drive tuning in the Model S

Discussion in 'Model S: Ordering, Production, Delivery' started by kwjayhawk, Mar 19, 2016.

  1. kwjayhawk

    kwjayhawk Member

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2015
    Messages:
    79
    Location:
    Kansas City
    Thought this was cool and I wanted to share:

    Took the Mrs. to test drive a Tesla. Had a blast and her word choice when she accelerated hard the first time made mention of something "holy" :)

    Anyway, the reason I wanted to share this post was because while a 90DL would be awesome I just cannot afford it. Really hoping those CPO unicorn priced cars come back in Q2. The OA knew this and told me that during demos the car can be tuned to different performance abilities. From a dropdown menu after holding the T for a while a screen appeared with a dropdown of different model styles. I could take the 90DL all the way down to a S70.

    The difference in performance was noticeable when tuned. I was glad I could feel the difference between rwd and awd. I'd say there was a noticeable difference in pick up, too.

    Makes me wonder if a firmware update would let users disable the front wheel drive and just use the back if they have a dual motor vehicle. Or maybe use just the front?
     
  2. chriSharek

    chriSharek Member

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2015
    Messages:
    875
    Location:
    Sarasota, FL
    I've often wondered the same thing - for possibly additional range. Surely by turning off either the front or rear motor (and sacrificing traction) you could eek out a little more range, right?
     
  3. tstafford

    tstafford Member

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2015
    Messages:
    790
    Location:
    Nashville, TN
    Apparently this is not the case and the car is able to maximize the range by managing how the motors work together. There are other threads on this topic if you are particularly interested.
     
  4. chriSharek

    chriSharek Member

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2015
    Messages:
    875
    Location:
    Sarasota, FL
    I'm more interested in the regenerative braking - there seem to only be opinions on this - the AWD having more (4) regenerative braking than the RWD (2). I am not seeing any threads about this . . .
     
  5. docherf

    docherf Member

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2016
    Messages:
    54
    Location:
    US
    How about a drift mode?!
     
  6. brianman

    brianman Burrito Founder

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2011
    Messages:
    15,487
    If you can recall, I'd like to hear more about the incantation that reached this menu. As an "in the field" demo provider, there are many times this would have been and will be useful.
     
  7. chriSharek

    chriSharek Member

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2015
    Messages:
    875
    Location:
    Sarasota, FL
    Righto. When I was ordering mine, I ended up taking a P85D and "only" using the standard acceleration to simulate the 85D performance (not the insane mode). Then, I upgraded to the 90D. Damn, I can't wait until Tuesday Delivery Day! !!!!
     
  8. AB4EJ

    AB4EJ Member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2015
    Messages:
    582
    Location:
    Tuscaloosa, AL
    I took a test drive last week, and also saw the drop-down list with various models. Since I had said we were interested in the 90D, we only ever drove the car at the "Max" setting, which I suppose is the 90D's full power. (Although, they might have fooled me by badging a P90DL as a 90D).

    Anyway, if you had a 90D and had the drop-down list, allowing you to select lower performance, what would you use that for?
     
  9. Edmond

    Edmond Permanon

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2016
    Messages:
    482
    Location:
    Seattle
    What does the 'L' designation mean?

    For that matter do the '+' and underline both mean Ludicrous mode?
     
  10. kwjayhawk

    kwjayhawk Member

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2015
    Messages:
    79
    Location:
    Kansas City
    I believe this is only an option for the OA to access. At least that is my guess.
     
  11. thimel

    thimel Member

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2015
    Messages:
    267
    L and underline both mean the car has ludicrous. The "+" is an older version of the model S that is no longer available. I think it mainly had a higher performance suspension.
     

Share This Page