• People Have Figured Out How To Activate The Dyno Mode On A Tesla And It Has Become A Nuisance Already

Be smart, be safe, and DO NOT try it on public roads!

The bird is finally out of the cage. The secret is out in the open. Too dramatic, right? Well, it looks like some folks have figured out how to activate the Dyno mode on the Tesla Model 3.

When activated, this mode disables all the safety systems so that the car can be tested on the dynamometer to its full potential. The company never officially announced the feature, but an EPA finding revealed the hidden gimmick to the public. Although the company hid it so that people couldn’t misuse it, the cat is now out of the bag. Is this good or bad for Tesla?

The Safety Features Are In The Car For A Reason

People Have Figured Out How To Activate The Dyno Mode On A Tesla And It Has Become A Nuisance Already
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The way to unleash the Dyno mode is out in the open, but TopSpeed doesn’t advise you to use it, and hence, we won’t be revealing it in this article.

This supposed-to-be private feature is already in the news for all the wrong reasons. A few videos have surfaced online and they show people losing control with the mode activated and end up crashing the car.

Perhaps Tesla knew that it could be misused and kept it hidden so that it would only be available for testing purposes. The Dyno mode disables safety features such as traction control, stability control, and automatic emergency braking. The system also disables regenerative braking if it detects a wheel slip. The owners are asked for a password and the system throws up a disclaimer reminding the driver that it isn’t meant for public roads.

What Is A Dyno?

People Have Figured Out How To Activate The Dyno Mode On A Tesla And It Has Become A Nuisance Already
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Wondering what Dyno is all about? Electrek has summed it up perfectly:

“A dynamometer (or “dyno”) is a device used for testing a car’s power output. There are various types, but all of them generally work by providing a way for the car to send power to the drive wheels without actually moving the vehicle, and then the dyno records the power output of the car. Dynos are used by car companies and enthusiasts to test power output, by aftermarket customizers to test the effectiveness of their modifications, and by regulatory agencies to measure efficiency.”


When driven by a non-professional with all the safety systems off, a Tesla might end up crashing, risking a lot of lives. You could end up damaging someone’s property and your own car as well. The car would feel out of control since it doesn’t have any safety feature activated and won’t offer any feedback on its end even if it detects a situation where the features should come into play.

However, if you’re still persistent on testing it to the limit, we’d advise you to do it on closed roads without endangering the lives around you. Also, don’t post the video online and make a fool of yourself or "inspire" other to do the same.

Above is the video of a chap who uploaded his “Dyno mode” run on YouTube and is probably regretting his decision as we speak. Make sure to read the comments in the video.

What are your thoughts about the Dyno mode? Share them with us 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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