OUR TESLA MODEL 3 DEVELOPMENT CAR
The name came out of the blue. As you may
The Future is an identical car to the vehicle we rented in California for our suspension development trip. Even crazier than that – the last two digits of the VIN is my lucky number, and number I’ve been racing with since 2006 – 14. So I think it’s safe to say we think of this Model 3, one of the first in Canada (this was one of the first 10 cars delivered at the mass delivery event in Toronto), is extremely special. While it is a development car and has already been apart and back together more times than an old BMW, we treat it like a show car. It already has significant sentimental value!
Testing | Results
The first time we had Model 3 on the track was at Grid Life. The car already had our suspension and meaty wheels and tires on it. It had racing brake pads and fluid, but factory rotors. I took it on the track and I HATED it. The stability control was incredibly intrusive, even fully restricting me from applying power while turning. The brakes faded and boiled the fluid after only two laps.
Even after our great suspension, it was clear we weren’t there yet. That was the start. We are now at a point where the car is breaking records and beating cars well outside of its category.
Each product we produce is the result of a need we’ve found or an improvement we can make to the performance or enjoyment of the vehicle. Nothing is done unless it accomplishes that vision. Here are links to some of the tests we’ve done.
Speed Academy Tesla Model 3 Test:
Here we test stock suspension and stock 18″ aero wheels and OEM tires, followed by stock suspension and 19″ wheels with RE71R tires, and finally, we install our brake kit, suspension arms, and coilovers and test again. The entire test was driven by David Pratte from Speed Academy. The results were an 8 second lap time improvement from stock to our configuration, the best time being a 1:21.7 around TMP.
MPP Traction Control Disable Test:
Here we test The Future with all of our components as above, but also with the addition of our traction control defeat device. As you’ll notice from the Speed Academy test, while we were able to disable stability control, the traction control was still intrusive. Along with more setup work we are able to push the car to do a 1:18.9 at TMP, which breaks the CSCS RWD Production Time Attack record by 1.3 seconds! We also had a lot of fun sliding the car around. Despite the open differential, the car is great at sliding!
CSCS Win In Production RWD (Wet):
Our first competition in Canada with the Model 3, our stability control defeat system, suspension work and the great Model 3 chassis allowed us to win Production RWD in the rain by a large margin. This track is incredibly low grip in the rain, with varying grip throughout the lap. Very challenging.
- Ride Height Street: Typically 110-115mm measured from ground to battery
- Ride Height Track: Typically 104mm measured from ground to battery
Track Damper settings (clicks from full stiff – higher number is softer)
- Front Compression: 9
- Front Rebound: 8
- Rear Compression: 6
- Rear Rebound: 7
Street Damper Settings (clicks from full stiff – higher number is softer)
- Front Compression: 14
- Front Rebound: 13
- Rear Compression: 14
- Rear Rebound: 13
- MPP 365mm Big Brake Kit
- Motul RBF660 Racing Brake Fluid
- Ferodo DS2500 Racing Brake Pads
- MPP VSC / Traction disable module
- Motec M150 with custom firmware developed by MPP
- MPP 5lb Lightweight LiFePO4 battery
- Advan RGIII Wheels
- Front: 19×9 +25
- Rear: 19×10 +35
- Bridgestone RE71R Tires
- Front: 245/40/19
- Rear: 275/35/19
* Soon to be changed to 19×10 +35 with 275/35/19 all around. Believe it or not, the configuration run when we did a 1:18.9 at TMP was to use the 10″ / 275mm tires on the left side of the car, and the 9″ / 245mm tires on the right side of the car, as TMP is mostly right-hand corners!