How to Use Track Mode on Model 3

Track Mode, available only on Performance Model 3
vehicles, is designed to modify the stability control,
traction control, regenerative braking, and cooling
systems to increase performance and handling while
driving on closed circuit courses. Track Mode improves
cornering ability by intelligently using the motors, and
regenerative and traditional braking systems. When
enabled, the cooling system runs at an increased level
during and after aggressive driving sessions to allow
your vehicle’s systems to withstand the surplus heat.

NOTE: Track Mode is designed and calibrated for a
Performance Model 3 equipped with performance
brakes and tires. Vehicles without performance brakes
and tires may experience comparatively lower
performance and endurance.

WARNING: Track Mode is designed for use on
closed circuit driving courses only. It is the driver’s
responsibility to drive safely and ensure others are
not endangered.

WARNING: Track Mode is designed for use by
experienced track drivers familiar with the course.
Do not use on public roads. It is the driver’s
responsibility to be in control of the vehicle at all
times, including on the track. Because vehicle
behavior (including traction and stability control)
differs when using Track Mode, always use caution.

Using Track Mode

Track Mode is always disabled when you start Model 3.
To enable Track Mode for your current drive, shift into
Park and follow these steps:

  1. Touch Controls > Driving > Track Mode.
    When enabled, TRACK displays on the touchscreen
    above the driving speed, and a Track Mode pop up
    window appears on the map. The car status area of
    the touchscreen displays a color-coded image of your
    Model 3 that provides you with important at-a-glance
    status information about the Battery, the motors, the
    tires and the brakes.
  2. If desired, customize the Track Mode settings by
    touching Track Mode Settings on the Track Mode pop
    up window (see Customizing Track Mode).
    You can also access the Track Mode settings by
    touching Controls > Driving, then touching
    Customize next to the Track Mode setting.
  3. If you want to use the Lap Timer, follow the onscreen
    instructions to drop a pin on the map to define the
    lap’s start/finish location. You will then need to press
    START on the Lap Timer to begin your driving
    session. Once started, the Lap Timer starts counting
    when you drive Model 3 past the lap’s start/finish
    location where you dropped the pin.
  4. Shift into gear and GO!

If you started the Lap Timer, each time you pass the
start/finish location, the timer resets for the next lap.

You can also view a real-time accelerometer (G-meter)
by swiping the Cards area of the touchscreen.

When Track Mode is on:

◦ Autopilot features are unavailable.
◦ The Slip Start setting is overridden.
◦ Stopping Mode is set to the Roll setting in which
Model 3 is free-rolling at very low speeds
whenever a driving gear is engaged and both the
accelerator and brake pedal are released.
◦ Energy usage increases.
◦ Easter eggs including games, arcade and Tesla
Theater are unavailable.

Use the touchscreen setting to turn Track Mode off at
any time. Powering off Model 3 also turns off Track
Mode (although it may still appear on the
touchscreen if Post-Drive cooling is in progress).
When Track Mode is off, all settings return to their
previous state and all features return to their normal
operating state.

Customizing Track Mode

To customize Track Mode, touch Track Mode Settings on
the Track Mode popup window that appears on the map
when you enable Track Mode. You can also access the
Track Mode settings by touching Controls > Driving,
then touching Customize next to the Track Mode setting.
Choose an existing Track Mode setting from the list of
pre-defined profiles provided by Tesla. Or create a new
settings profile by touching Add New Settings, entering
a name for the settings profile, then adjusting these
settings to suit your preferences or driving scenario, or
customize for a specific track:

Handling Balance – Customize the balance of Model 3
in a turn. If Model 3 is too loose, you can choose a
front-biased under-steering setup. Difficult to get the
vehicle through a turn? Try a rear-biased setup to
increase rotation. You can select any value, in 5%
increments, between 100/0 (for 100% front biased
used for under-steering) and 0/100 (for 100% rear
biased used for over-steering).

Stability Assist – Choose the level at which the
stability control systems are helping to control the
vehicle. You can choose any level from -10 to +10.
Choosing +10 engages all stability assist systems for
controllable driving in which stability systems remain
engaged, whereas -10 disables all stability systems
and the stability of the drive rests solely on the driver.
The default setting of 0 represents a balance which
provides some stability being automatically
controlled and leaving some control up to the driver.

Regenerative Braking – Choose how much
regenerative braking is available. You can choose any
value, in 5% increments, between 0 and 100%. Tesla
recommends the 100% setting to help avoid
overheating the brakes.

Post-Drive Cooling – Set to ON if you want the
cooling systems to continue cooling the vehicle’s
components even after you leave the vehicle. Cooling
stops automatically when the components are
sufficiently cool, or when you power Model 3 off and
back on again. Post-Drive Cooling is useful if you
want to quickly cool the components between
driving sessions. If Post-Drive Cooling is set to OFF,
the components eventually cool, but it takes longer.

Save Dashcam for Laps – Set to ON if you want to
save a video and data of the Track Mode driving
session on a USB flash drive. A USB flash drive must
be set up and inserted as described in USB Flash
Drive Requirements for Videos and Recording.
The USB flash drive must contain a folder
named “TeslaTrackMode” (without the quotation
marks). When enabled, Track Mode stores a video of
each lap in a driving session when using the Lap
Timer. Track Mode also stores the car status and
telemetry data with details about the vehicle’s
position, speed, acceleration, use of accelerator, etc.
You can then analyze this data, which is stored as
a .CSV file on the USB flash drive, to determine where
time is being lost or gained (even on a per tire level).

Track Mode allows you to save up to 20 Track Mode
profiles. To delete a chosen profile, touch Delete at the
bottom of the settings window.

NOTE: You can not change or delete a pr e-defined
profile provided by Tesla.

Using the Lap Timer

When you enable Track Mode, the map displays a Lap
Timer. Follow the onscreen instructions to place a start/
finish pin on the map. Once the pins are placed, press
START to initiate the driving (lapping) session. When
you drive Model 3 through the start/finish location, the
Lap Timer automatically starts timing the duration of the
lap, resetting the timer whenever you pass the start/
finish location. The map highlights the track in blue.

At the completion of each lap, the Lap Timer displays
the duration of the lap. It also displays the times
associated with the previous and best laps in the driving

If Save Dashcam for Laps is on, and a properly formatted
USB flash drive is inserted in a front USB port, Track Mode
saves a video of the driving session (as recorded by the
front cameras), along with a .CSV file that provides
detailed information about the lap.

NOTE: To stop the timer at the end of your driving
session, touch STOP on the Lap Timer popup window.

Monitoring Vehicle Health

You can easily monitor the health of Model 3 when using
Track Mode by glancing at the car status area of the
touchscreen. The colors indicate the status of the
various components, allowing you to determine the
current operating state and make decisions accordingly.
The components are displayed in green when operating
within their ideal temperature range. Colors change as

• The Battery displays blue when cold and red when
• A brake displays blue when cold and red when hot
(an early warning for overheating brakes).
• A motor displays blue when it’s cold or red when it’s
• A tire displays blue when under-used or red when the
peak grip is exceeded.

NOTE: A component displayed in red does not
necessarily indicate a concern.

CAUTION: Any vehicle damage or injuries caused
by using Track Mode is the driver’s responsibility.
The vehicle warranty does not cover damage
caused by excessive overuse of vehicle
components. It also does not cover racing,
autocross, or driving in competition.


In Track Mode, a real-time G-Meter displays on the Cards
area of the touchscreen. The G-Meter graphically displays
peak lateral, acceleration, and deceleration values in the
form of a circular meter. The history of your drive is
represented in the shaded area. The G-Meter resets at
the start of each driving session.

NOTE: You can swipe the G-Meter card to display a
different card. However, the G-Meter displays as the
default card whenever you engage Track Mode.