Track mode is a free update provided to the Tesla Model 3 Performance with the Performance Upgrade package – not to be confused with the ‘Track Pack’ that is a purchased/hardware add-on to the Tesla Model 3.
In March 2020, Tesla released Track Model V2 via an over-the-air-update.
Track Mode has been improved to make it easier to monitor the status of your car, create custom track mode settings profiles and record your track day data.
Monitor the status of your car motors, battery, brakes and tires, allowing you to adjust your driving in real time. G-meter, a real-time accelerometer, can now be viewed in the Cards area of the touchscreen. The map now displays a Lap Timer. Follow the onscreen instructions to place a start/finish pin on the map. 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.
Track Mode allows you to save up to 20 Track Mode profiles to suit your preferences or driving scenario, or customize for a specific track. A new settings profile can be created by tapping Track Mode Settings and; Add New Settings, entering a name for the settings profile, then adjusting settings including Handling Balance, Stability Assist, Regenerative Braking, Post-Drive Cooling and Compressor Overclock. Refer to the Owner’s Manual for more information regarding each setting.
You can now save a video and data of the Track Mode driving session to a plugged in USB flash drive which must contain a folder named “TeslaTrackMode” (without the quotation marks). When “Save Dashcam for Laps” is 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 including details about the vehicle’s position, speed, acceleration, and use of accelerator which is stored as a .CSV file on the USB flash drive.
Tesla Model 3 Track Mode Videos
Track Mode ‘Handling Balance’ Explained
One of the settings in the Model 3 Track Mode software allows you to set the handling balance of the vehicle. This is the split of power between the front and rear wheels (as shown in the graphic on the screen) which will allow the car to behave more like a front wheel drive or rear wheel drive depending on the selection entered.
“Front wheel mode and rear wheel mode do not feel different [in a straight line acceleration] because they do not effect the car in straight line. Only when you are cornering and you are nearing the tire’s traction limit, the [Model 3] can choose where to send the power to to make a difference. Rear bias increases oversteering which might take a bit of getting used to. front bias increases understeering which is a lot safer but not exciting at all and makes the car feel numb and boring.” src