Tesla Model 3: 360-Degree Video Shows the Performance Edition Racing Around
The Tesla Model 3 performance edition has jumped into life. The company’s premium version of its cheaper electric car has been captured in a new 360-degree video this week, giving viewers a look at how it feels to sit inside the new vehicle.
The footage is the latest look at Tesla’s high-performance vehicle, which offers acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. Video uploader “Ethos Logos” claimed that the car compared favorably to their previous Porsche Boxster S, with the Tesla offering higher acceleration that compensated for the comparatively weaker handling — although the uploader notes that the car did not have “track mode” available, which enables easier oversteering, understeering, turning and drifting The video uses YouTube’s 360-degree video support, where computer users can move the screen around using their mouse or virtual reality headset owners can transport themselves by using a specially-designed VR app.
Track mode could enhance this further. The feature was previously part of the optional $5,000 performance upgrades package, but CEO Elon Musk explained last week that the feature will now become available to all performance edition owners. Tesla describes it as “performance-oriented stability control and powertrain settings configured for track driving. This mode is designed to be used exclusively on closed courses. For the best experience, only progress to track mode once familiar with the track.” The company uses its own vehicle dynamic control system, also known as a VDC, to offer the feature.
Tesla’s vehicles have been spotted displaying incredible feats, with viral videos setting the fan communities alight. A video in May showed the Model X pulling a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner at Melbourne Airport in Australia, exceeding the 5,000 pound towing limit to reach 300,000 pounds. Tesla also showed the Model X pulling a 250,000-pound truck of dirt in March. Another video in November 2017 showed the Model X beating an Alfa Romeo 4C Spider in a drag race while pulling another Spider.
Expect more videos like these when the high-performance Tesla Roadster hits the streets in 2020.