Tesla currently offers a ‘track package’ for its Model 3 Performance version. However, can your car produce more G-Force using aftermarket parts?
In this case, G-Force or gravitational force depends upon how fast your car is. If your car is fast at corners, then G-Force will be higher.
Brooks, from DragTimes, modified his Tesla Model 3 Performance using brand new wheels, sway bars and lowering springs to get track-level performance.
His main reason for going with the aftermarket parts was the weight of the wheels. The ‘track package’ that Tesla offers comes with 245/35 20-inch wheels, but the weight savings that they offer over the stock ones are much less.
The weight of the wheels offered in the ‘track package’ is 52.8 pounds, which provides only a one or two-pound weight advantage over the stock Tesla wheels.
However, the similar-sized aftermarket wheels that Brooks installed on his Model 3 were 9-10 pounds lighter. Coupled with Eibach lowering springs and sway bars, here’s how Brooks made his Tesla Model 3 Performance’s handling better.
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Tesla Model 3 Performance G-Force Increase
Eibach lowering springs decreased the ride’s height by 1.5 inches at the rear and by 1 inch at the front. Sway bars stiffen up the Model 3 to reduce any form of rollover during hard turns.
Finally, the big aftermarket wheels reduced the overall weight of the Tesla Model 3, and the wider contact patch of the tires provided a better grip.
Eibach springs are progressive, meaning they’ll start to stiffen as more pressure is applied to them.
Brooks decided to test the upgraded capabilities of his Model 3 Performance in a parking lot. He tested the Track Mode V2 in his Model 3, in the same location. Therefore, testing the upgraded electric cars here to judge the performance difference was a good idea.
Brooks measured the G-Force being applied to the car. He wanted to see how aggressively the vehicle could tackle corners.
For reference, Brooks was running Michelin Pilot 4S tires on his Model 3.
Using the Tesla Track Mode V2, he deployed a 50/50 power distribution for the front and rear electric motors with handling set at -4.
Moving forward, he used a 30/70 power split with the handling set at -2, which gave him the perfect performance. The tires on his Model 3 were screeching, but due to the lowered suspension, the electric car was holding up at corners very tightly.
The Tesla Model 3 Performance now produced 1.4 G in the corners as opposed to 1.2 G before the upgrades.
Even during everyday driving, the Tesla Model 3, performed brilliantly. The car now hugs the road more tightly when cornering and stays planted all the time.
Model 3 Efficiency Gains?
The lowered Tesla Model 3 performance will likely witness efficiency gains. New springs improve the car’s aerodynamics by allowing the air to flow more freely at high speeds.
Brooks hasn’t yet reported any battery range increases, but we’re sure he’ll notice improved efficiency in his day-to-day driving.
Would you upgrade your electric car for better efficiency or for experiencing more G-Force? Let us know in the comments.