Our good friend Chris from the Model 3 Challenge just picked up his brand new 2024 Model 3 Performance. If you know Chris you know he isn’t someone to waste any time, so it’s no surprise that on the SAME day he picked up his car he wired in a data logger and set off to the drag strip – and not just his new car, but also his 2021 Model 3 Performance to see the difference between the two cars!

Thankfully Chris is a smart guy who pays attention to the details, so he made sure both cars were at the same battery temperature and state of charge, and that both cars had OEM tires for a fair comparison.

First up Chris made a video showing the speed difference between the cars from a few different angles along with the 0-60, 1/8 mile and 1/4 mile times. That video is posted below so be sure to check it out! Amazingly the new car is over half a second faster in the 1/4 mile, and 3-tenths of a second faster from 0-60. That’s a pretty significant difference!

0-60:

2021: 3.25s (3.06 with 1ft roll out)
2024: 2.93s (2.76s with 1ft roll out) (0.3 seconds faster)

1/4:

2021: 11.52 @ 115.99 mph
2024: 10.92 @ 123.84 mph (0.6 seconds faster)

But that’s not all. Thankfully the 2021 Model 3 Performance had an MPP MoTeC C125 Data logger in it, and (with a significant bit of effort) we managed to convert the Scan My Tesla data from the 2024 Ludicrous to a useable format to compare both cars in MoTeC’s state-of-the-art i2 data analysis software.

So without further ado here is a video that discusses all of the differences in the power curve between the 2021 and 2024 car. While this isn’t a dyno comparison of the 2024 Model 3 Performance, the car is able to very accurately determine the torque at each axle, along with the power – so you can think of it like a dyno graph 🙂 We hope you find it educational and interesting.

We are happy to find that the new car carries it’s additional power to much higher in the speed range, which will yield a significant drop in times at the racetrack. It’s also great to see that all of the additional power is being routed through to the rear tires, so the driving feel and balance coming out of corners should be much better than the previous model – the rear axle has 30% more torque!

Sadly the downside is that this means the battery will overheat even faster. We can only hope that Tesla will release an updated battery in the near future (800V anyone?) that would provide longer run time along with less cell and pack heating.

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