Published on February 16, 2019 |
by Kyle Field
16. February 201
Equip your Tesla for the snow by looking at these three parts of the car
The responsible man over at Engineering Explained, Jason Fenske, went to the mountain to set his Tesla Model 3 Performance on trial with a new set of winter tires to see how it is handled in some real winter weather. He found that there are not only opportunities for winter tires beyond those offered by Tesla, but that with a set of upgraded winter tires, the car handles very well in the snow.
Jason breaks down the handling of Tesla Model 3 Performance builds on very thorough detail in the 19-minute YouTube segment below. It is well worth the watch for those wishing to winter their Tesla Model 3.
To begin, he breaks winter management into three categories, and continues to unpack each one thoroughly.  The first thing to know: winter vehicle handling starts with tires . Inside the car, all-wheel drive (AWD) as model 3 Performance, gives the car more opportunities to make the car move safely and maintain control of the car in smooth conditions. Finally, ground distance can come into play when you go on snow conditions, and he is talking about why the Tesla Model 3 Performance construction is worse here than the rear wheel drive (RWD) or base AWD configuration.  Tires
First off: the tires. Tesla only offers a set of snow cover for the Model 3 Performance building, and they come as a set of 20 "wheels with Pirelli Winter Sottozero IIs. The package will set you back $ 4000, which seems unnecessarily steep just to get a set of winter tires Instead of selling organs to keep the car safe in the winter, Jason began digging around online for alternatives.
What he found is that the Porsche Cayman GT4 has exactly the same tire size and Porsche spec & # 39; 39; d out a winter tire specifically for its Canadian customers, the Michelin Pilot Alpin 4 235/35 / R40, he went online and was able to have them shipped from Canada and then assembled and balanced on the factory defects at a local tire store. The new tires still drove him at a price of $ 300, but $ 1200 plus shipping feels like a bargain price compared to spending $ 4,000 for a new set of wheels and tires.
Tesla Model 3 Performance lives with two engines, one at the front and one at the back. These two motors are locked to the tires on each axle so Model 3 uses the brakes to adjust the speed on one side or the other to maximize traction and minimize slippage. Jason put the system to the test with some time in deep snow, on icy roads and on a snowy high speed road.
The drive wheel system in its Model 3 Performance worked flawlessly on the various conditions without the need for chains or pins. As a Californian who has lived in warmer climates for most of my life, the whole video looks like a razor, white knuckle runs to me, but he has so much fun that it almost makes me want to try it.  Ground Clearance
The height of the car becomes a problem when traveling through deeper snow, as it can give the car high and dry if not taken into account when driving. Jason notes that while model 3 performance exceeds the specifications of the other configurations in just about every area, the ground clearance is 1 centimeter lower. It should not be a problem for most situations as a sporty electric luxury car, but it is worth noting for those living in areas where snow is more common.
He takes the car off the main road on a shoulder with 4 to 5 inches of unpacked snow structure, and the car can easily get in and out of the snow. On a side note, the bright red of the paint really shines against the white snow, which makes for some visually engaging recordings as he speaks through the nuances of the car's performance.
The video really takes a ride for the better when he activates Release Start and then Track Mode. Slip Start gives the car's steering system more leeway and allows the tires to drop a little more than would normally be a means of getting out of loose sand, mud or snow. In this case, Jason has a little fun with it and notices that driving in the snow is a little looser, with the tires slipping just so that adrenaline goes without being unnecessarily insecure.
Track mode looks like the most fun, but as the car slides and slides from side to side on the snow road in a kind of dreamy drifting playground. In track mode, the wheels are cut loose at the slightest touch of the pedal, allowing the car to slide and slide around on the driver's whim. The car then directs intelligent power to the front wheels to pull out of a slide. It's fun to see and see how much fun he has to play with his Model 3 performance in the snow.
If you don't already have one, take a look at the video and get out to have fun of yourself.