Approaching the first corner of the track, the Autopilot suite intervened much to the surprise of the man behind the wheel. Exiting the corner also revealed a fair bit of intrusiveness from the electronic stability control. As you may have already guessed, it can’t be turned off without modifying the ESP system’s software.
On the upside, the Model 3 Dual Motor is much obliged to wiggle a little thanks to lift-off. “Great transition” are two words that Kyle has also uttered, referring to the car’s balance in the twisties. Oh, and this car is obviously “fast” even though it’s not the full-fledged Performance version with the more aggressive tune.
“Model 3s are so capable. Are they fun? Not really,” he said. “But wow, I love it!” After completing the lap in 1 minute and 48 seconds, Kyle has also reported “the brake pedal going squishy.” First of all, those brakes aren’t designed for tracking but day-to-day driving. Secondly, Elon Musk admitted to “braking problems” for the Model 3 in May 2018 that have since been fixed by a firmware update.
Regarding the 1:48 lap time, the all-electric sedan is one second slower on the said track than the Model Y Performance but faster than the likes of the Volvo V60 Twin Engine T8 Polestar Engineered and Model X Performance.