Tesla may be releasing racing-optimized tires for the Model 3 Performance as part of a dedicated “Track Mode Package” in the near future, if a recent find in the company’s official parts catalog for the vehicle is any indication.
A look at the tires for the Tesla Model 3 in the electric car maker’s online parts catalog reveals that a set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 – 245/35ZR20 (95Y) XL tires has been listed for the all-electric sedan. Interestingly, the words “Track Mode Package” were mentioned in the item’s description as well.
The current iterations of the Tesla Model 3 Performance are equipped with 235/35/20 Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires, which are great for daily driving and adequate for the track. The tires are sticky enough for the Model 3 Performance to attack corners at high speed with confidence, but they still have notable areas for improvement.
In comparison, the 20″ Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires listed in Tesla’s official parts catalog are more appropriate for track-heavy sessions. The Pilot Sports Cup 2 is created for optimum track driving, and this is evident in the fact that the tires were developed by Michelin in partnership with esteemed automakers such as Porsche and Ferrari. Pilot Sports Cup 2 tires are also noted for their capability to endure multiple hot laps without any issues.
Michelin’s Pilot Sports Cup 2 tires utilize an endurance racing compound in its outer tread and a rigid elastomer in its inner tread, allowing vehicles to complete faster laps on a dry track. Its deep tread depth also allows vehicles to remain stable despite wet track conditions. With these advantages, the tire-maker claims in its official website that Pilot Sports Cup 2 tires have the potential to give drivers 50% more laps around a closed circuit.
This suggests that Tesla’s yet-to-be-announced “Track Mode Package” is seriously dedicated for closed-circuit driving. One of the reasons behind the Model 3 Performance’s 20″ Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires, after all, was their balance between track-capability and daily driving comfort. This does not seem to be the case with the Pilot Sports Cup 2 tires in the “Track Mode Package.”
Considering that Tesla has not announced a “Track Mode Package” for the Model 3 to date, one can only speculate about what the entire setup would entail. Tesla owners and enthusiasts of the r/TeslaMotors subreddit have suggested that the package could be a step towards the release of a more track-optimized Model 3 Performance.
While details about Tesla’s “Track Mode Package” for the Model 3 are scarce, the presence of racing-optimized tires for the all-electric sedan bode well for electric car buyers. By offering tires that are designed for multiple hot laps, Tesla appears to be suggesting that its most affordable Performance-branded vehicle will be able to perform well in a closed circuit, and complete several laps with no problems.
This might very well be the case. Tesla, after all, has likely gathered more data from the use of Track Mode by its Model 3 Performance fleet since the feature was released last year. Through this, it is plausible that the electric car maker is cooking up something even more special for owners who love to push their vehicles to their limit.