Track expert says it’s got a strong acceleration, great handling, good overheating control, but poor brakes

The Model 3 Performance has proven its worth time and again on drag strips and in straight-line races. It has put some big names to shame courtesy of its fantastic instant torque deliver and speed-raking skills. But, how does it perform on the ‘Lord of the Rings’ called the Nurburgring? Racetrack-expert, Misha Charoudin, took it to the iconic track, and it left him impressed, but he had a few pointers for Tesla as well.

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Here's What It Looks Like to Burn Off Some Electrons In a Tesla Model 3 on the Nurburgring
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For the uninitiated folks, Misha Charoudin is a race car driver and instructor who “lives” at the Nurburgring and runs around 1,000 laps every year, thanks to his line of work.

He recently got an invitation from a Tesla Model 3 Performance owner to test the car on the ‘Ring, accompanied by the owner as the co-passenger. It was Misha’s first time on the track with an electric vehicle, and he seemed happy with the car’s acceleration and how the Model 3 has gotten better over the years in the overheating aspect. Even in terms of acceleration, he was happy and even touched speeds of 226 kmph (140 mph).

However, he wasn’t happy with the brakes and went on to say that “they are one of the first”. The regenerative braking makes up for it on normal roads, but for tracks, that’s not sufficient. This particular example isn’t equipped with the Track Package that Tesla offers at an additional cost. That certainly makes it a better track car, and here’s all the stuff you get in the package:

Here's What It Looks Like to Burn Off Some Electrons In a Tesla Model 3 on the Nurburgring
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  • 4 x 20″ X 9″ Zero-G Performance wheels
  • 4 x Tesla Logo Center Caps
  • 20 x Lug Nut Covers
  • 4 x 245/35 ZR 20 XL Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Tires
  • 4 x Tire Pressure Sensors
  • 1 x Front And Rear High-Performance Brake Pads
  • 1 x Track-Focused Brake Fluid

It also includes compressor overlock and post-drive cooling options, and stuff like an Accelerometer, satellite maps, a G-force meter, etc. So, with all that, the Tesla Model 3 could do even better.

Here's What It Looks Like to Burn Off Some Electrons In a Tesla Model 3 on the Nurburgring
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Check out the video of the drive from a driver’s point-of-view and let us know your thoughts about this Tesla Model 3 on the track in the comments section below.

Tesla Model 3 specifications
Performance Dual Motor Long Range Dual Motor Standard Plus Rear-Wheel
Acceleration 0-60 mph 3.2s 4.4 s 5.3 s
Range 310 miles 322 miles 250 miles
Top Speed 162 mph 145 mph 140 mph
Wheels 20" Performance Wheels 18" Aero Wheels 19" Aero Wheels 18" Aero Wheels 19" Aero Wheels
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