Published on February 16, 2019 | by Kyle Field
February 16, 2019 by Kyle Field
Equip your Tesla with snow by looking at these three parts of the car
Jason Fenske, Head of the Engineering Explained Division, went to the mountains to test his Tesla Model 3 Performance with a new set of winter tires to see how it behaved in very winter weather. He found that not only are there options for winter tires other than those offered by Tesla, but with a set of improved winter tires, the car behaves extremely well in the snow.
Jason explains in detail the detailed treatment of the Tesla Model 3 Performance in the 19-minute YouTube segment shown below. It's worth looking for anyone looking to winter their Tesla Model 3.
To begin with, he decomposes winter manipulations into three categories, then breaks down each of them very carefully.
The first thing to know: winter vehicle management starts with tires. Inside the car, AWD, like the 3 Performance model, gives the car more options to move the car safely and keep the car in slippery conditions. Finally, ground clearance can come into play when it is in snowy conditions and explains why the construction of the Tesla Model 3 Performance is worse than the rear-wheel drive or basic AWD configuration.
First: the tires. Tesla offers a single set of snow tires for the construction of the 3 Performance model and comes in the form of a set of 20-inch wheels with Pirelli Winter Sottozero II tires. The package will cost you $ 4,000, which seems unnecessarily stiff just to get a set of winter tires. Instead of selling organs to keep the car safe in the winter, Jason started looking for options online.
What he discovered is that the Porsche Cayman GT4 is exactly the same size and that Porsche has designed a winter tire specifically for its Canadian customers, the Michelin Pilot Alpin 4 235/35 / R40. He went online and was able to ship them from Canada, then have them ride and balance on his factory rims at a local tire shop. The new tires cost him another $ 300, but $ 1,200 plus shipping costs seemed a good deal, compared to $ 4,000 for a new set of wheels and tires.
The Tesla Model 3 Performance comes with two engines, one at the front and the other at the back. With both engines stuck on the tires on each axle, the Model 3 uses the brakes to adjust the speed on either side to maximize traction and minimize slippage. Jason has been testing the system for some time in heavy snow, on icy roads, and on a snowy road at fairly high speeds.
The all-wheel drive system of its 3 Performance model worked perfectly under the different conditions without the need for chains or crampons. As a Californian who has lived in warmer climates for most of my life, the whole video makes me think of a ruffled and frantic drive, but it's so fun that it almost makes me want to 39; try.
The height of the car's frame becomes a problem when traveling in deeper snow because it can leave the car high and dry if it is not taken into account when driving. Jason notes that while the performance of the Model 3 exceeds the specifications of other configurations in just about every area, its ground clearance is one centimeter lower. This should not be a problem in most situations as a luxury electric sports car, but it should be noted for those living in areas where snow is more common.
He takes the car off the main road on one shoulder with 4-5 inches of unpackaged snow accumulation and the car is able to sneak effortlessly into the snow. In addition, the bright red of his painting really stands out on the white snow, making it a visually captivating sequence as he talks about the nuances of the car's performance.
The video really improves when it activates the slip start mode, then the track mode. The Slip Start gives the car's traction control system more leeway and lets the tires slip a bit more than they normally would to get rid of sand, mud or snow. In this case, Jason amuses himself a bit and notes that it makes driving in the snow a bit more flexible, tires slipping just enough so that the adrenaline stays alive without being unnecessarily dangerous.
The track mode seems the most fun because the car slips and slides from one side to the other on the snowy road in a kind of dream drifting playground. In track mode, the wheels come off at the slightest touch of the pedal, which allows the car to slide and slide as desired. The car then intelligently deflects the front wheels out of a slider. It's fun to see and see how much he's playing with his Model 3 Performance in the snow.
If you have not already done so, watch the video and go out for fun.