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:
- 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.
- If desired, customize the Track Mode settings by touching Track Mode Settings on the Track Mode popup 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.
- 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.
- 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 pre-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 session.
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 follows:
• The Battery displays blue when cold and red when hot.
• 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 hot.
• 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.