Musk and crew aren't about to let Porsche steal the spotlight.
Tesla has demonstrated remarkable (even mind-blowing) performance capabilities – particularly with the ludicrously quick Model S. And the Model 3 isn't far behind, with less power but also less weight in a more compact package. And now it could catch up to its big brother thanks to upgraded equipment.
Commenters on Reddit discovered an as-yet unreleased Track Mode Package apparently coming to the Tesla Model 3 that could harness its performance potential even further. Now at this point you might be thinking that the Model 3 already has a Track Mode, and you'd be correct. But that's mostly software.
This development would add the hardware to go with it, including Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires – just like on the Model S Plaid prototypes and the forthcoming Tesla Roadster – measuring 245/35 ZR20 at all four corners. And with it, the Track Mode Package is expected to get new brake pads (though not different discs or calipers) and carbon-fiber wheel caps to top it all off.
On a Tesla Model 3 Performance with Track Mode engaged, the new equipment could stand to make the electric vehicle even faster around a closed circuit... and, by extension, on public roadways as well.
Tesla has been known to unlock additional performance capabilities on its electric vehicles from time to time, but now it's facing more pressure to keep up with the competition – especially from the new Porsche Taycan. Further up-market, there's a slew of battery-powered hypercars coming in the forms of the Pininfarina Battista, Lotus Evija, and Rimac C_Two. And you can bet there'll be more to follow. Those will be more in the realm of the aforementioned new Tesla Roadster to tackle, but it's plain that Elon Musk and company are intent on making even their (relatively) more accessible models keep ahead of the pack, too.