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What’s in Tesla’s software update 2020.8.1

March 5, 2020

Tesla is rolling out update version 2020.8.1 with third-party charging stations in the in-car navigation system, track mode v2 for the Performance Model 2, regen braking for the newer Raven models, and more.

Tesla's Track Mode V2

March 5, 2020

Tesla Track Mode V2 is being released as part of the latest update 2020.8.1 and it's available for the Performance Model 3 (standard and stealth).

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[Video] Houdini Tesla Track Mode rendering from a CSV

With the release of Track Model v2, Tesla also introduced the ability to store track sessions, including video and a bunch data, but they didn’t release is a way of visualizing it. This is why Reddit’s user u/CAPSLOCKCHAMP has built a Python script to parse the Track Mode 2 information from a .csv file to make a visualization of the data in a program called Houdini. Houdini is really good for this type of procedural animation combined with data, the end result is pretty impressive.

From issue #106

2022 Tesla Model S Plaid First Test: 0–60 MPH in 1.98 seconds

Following Tesla’s instructions, using a prepped surface, MotorTrend was able to get a stunning 1.98 seconds in the 0-60mph. MotorTrend usually measures all their cars in normal conditions, in those the Tesla Plaid S did 0 to 60 mph in just 2.07 seconds, not bad!

From issue #169

6 people in the Tesla Model X Plaid vs Porsche 992 Turbo S drag race

The Porsche was the fastest from the start line, but the Model X Plaid quickly caught up and finished the 1/4 mile in 10.326 vs 10.427 for the Porsche.

From issue #219

Autocross - Tesla Model 3 Performance

Pretty cool to see how well the Model 3 Performance handles the course. The Model 3 is 100% stock except for the wheels and tires. The author used RaceRender to render the CSV data generated by Track Mode on top of the video.

From issue #124

Fastest SUV in the world

FromWhereICharge’ took Unplugged Performance’s Model Y for a spin and broke the old lap record at Buttonwillow Raceway by 2 secs with a 1:59.9. Well done!

From issue #130

Model 3 and Y with acceleration boost to get Track Mode

We don’t know when but that is what Elon responded on Twitter. Hopefully, they add Track Model to the Performance Y while in there 🙂

From issue #204

Model 3 Track Package and Track Mode V2

New Performance package for the Model 3. It includes track-focused brake fluid, high-performance brake pads and 20" Zero-G Performance Wheels (which may affect range). Costs $5,500.

On top of that Tesla is releasing the Track Mode V2. In this version, they’re giving the driver a lot of freedom to tweak how the car responds and other interesting features like recoding video, built-in-lap timer, and more.

What do you think? I personally think that those rims look 🔥🔥🔥 See it in action on a track.

From issue #101

Model S on Nürburgring next week

With the release of the new Porche Taycan, Porsche announced a new record for a four-door, all-electric sports car on the Nürburgring race track. A few days later, Elon announced on Twitter that Tesla is sending a Model S to the circuit “next week” (which is now this week). What we know so far is that Tesla will be running on an open track day, which means they can’t even try to beat Porche’s new record. If you ask me, this seems smart since trying to beat Porche’s record on a track that Porche uses all the time is probably not a great idea. People criticize when Elon shares this things on Twitter but something great that came out of it is that F1 World Champion Nico Rosberg volunteered to drive for Tesla at Nürburgring, amezeballs!

Read more: Twitter

From issue #76

Model S Plaid can achive 7:20 at Nürburgring

This isn’t an official time, but if it’s true, it’s pretty impresive. For context, the 7:20 time is 20 seconds faster than the Taycan, the fastest 4-door EV at Nürburgring. But this isn’t only about EVs, at 7:20 the Tesla Model S would be 15 seconds faster than the 2019 BMW M5 and 5 seconds faster than the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT, and could take the title of the fastest 4-door sedan at Nürburgring when they do an official timed lap.

In the same tweet, Tesla announced that they will be coming back at Nürburgring next month and they believe they can achieve 7:05. Take a look at the initial Model S data on the track:

Read more: Twitter

From issue #78

New Model S Plaid

They did it. Yesterday, Tesla announced the new Model S Plaid with a tri-motor powertrain and the specs are even better than what we were hoping for. It can already be pre-ordered online (since yesterday) and deliveries are planned for later in 2021.

  • 520 mi range

  • 200 mph top speed
  • <2.0 seconds 0-60 mph

If Plaid is going to be so awesome, why a Roadster, you’d ask yourself. Someone also asked Elon Musk on Twitter. His answer: it’s going to be even better.

From issue #130

Stock Model S Plaid scored a 9.247s 152.09 mph at Bakersfield Drag Strip

First reported by Drive Tesla Canada, it’s now confirmed by Jay Leno on the Spike’s Car podcast. The new Tesla Model S Plaid has broken the quarter-mile record with an amazing time of 9.247s for what, as Jay Leno puts it, “we’re talking a four door car with the air conditioning on!

From issue #167

Tesla 360° ride along at Willow Springs Raceway 📹

Ride along with @fromwhereicharge in his Track prepped Tesla Model 3 on the Big Willow Race Track. Very cool, thank you for letting us ride with you!

From issue #119

Tesla hints at Model S Plaid 'Track Package' with large Zero G wheels in the parts catalog

It just makes sense that the fastest and most performing Tesla, for now, will have a “Track Package” option in the future. I also expect Tesla to release Track Mode for the Plaid in the coming months.

From issue #169

Tesla Model 3 Dual Motor 1/4 mile with an acceleration boost

This was the author’s best time of the day with 11.813 at 119.27 mph.

From issue #96

Tesla Model S Plaid just set an official world speed record for a production electric car at Nurburgring

You can experience the fastest EV to track Nurburgring from inside the car in this video. This Model S Plaid was almost straight from the factory, Elon Musk said they will be back with some racing modifications soon.

From issue #181

Tesla Model S Plaid vs Porsche Taycan Turbo S 1/4 Mile Drag Race

Were you wondering how the new Plaid did against the Taycan? DragTimes just tested it. Spoiler alert, the Taycan owner ordered a Plaid Model S on the spot after seeing it in action.

From issue #175

Tesla Model S sets new record at Laguna Seca for a four-door sedan

A prototype of the Model S with a Plaid powertrain and a new chasis lapped Laguna Seca in 1:36:555, one second faster than the previous record for a four-door sedan. According to Elon, the Plaid powertrain is about a year away from production and applies to S, X, and Roadster (not to 3 or Y) and will be more expensive than the current Ludicrous option.

The name Plaid comes from the movie Spaceballs, because the only thing faster than Ludicrous is Plaid.

From issue #76

Tesla Release Notes 2021.44.30

Notes courtesy of Greentheonly:

  • Track mode for Model S Plaid.
  • The heat pump system cools more aggressively.
  • A track-focused interface for the track mode
  • Cool weather hits
From issue #197

Track Mode in Model 3 without PUP in 2019.4

According to Perry, TMC 2019.4. introduces Track Mode in M3Ps without PUP. We haven’t been able to find confirmation, if you have a M3P without PUP and 2019.4 or later, please let us know if Track Mode is there.

Read more: TMC Forum

From issue #48

Track Mode in the Model Y may be coming soon

For those of you who were wondering about Track Mode being available in the Model Y, our friend John from @teslaownerssv asked about it and it seems it may become a reality! Or at least, Elon said it’s possible.

From issue #120

Unplugged Performance at Pikes Peak

In this video, Ben Schaffer from Unplugged Performance shares a unique and inspiring story of how they fought and ‘resurrected’ their Model 3 after an accident, to still be able to race at Pikes Peak last weekend. In this second video, you can follow the process of fixing the car overnight at @eurocarscollison. Awesome job 👏👏👏

From issue #127