Track Mode

Track Mode, available only on Plaid Model S vehicles, is designed to modify the stability control, traction control, regenerative braking, and cooling systems to increase performance and handling while driving on closed circuit courses. Track Mode improves cornering ability by intelligently using the motors, and regenerative and traditional braking systems. When enabled, the cooling system runs at an increased level before, during, and after aggressive driving sessions to allow your vehicle’s systems to withstand the surplus heat.

In Track Mode, adaptive suspension damping is optimized for handling and vehicle body control to promote driver confidence in dynamic maneuvers. Ride height is automatically set to Low and the suspension no longer automatically raises for comfort over rough surfaces.

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Track Mode is designed for use only by experienced drivers familiar with closed circuit driving courses. Do not use on public roads. It is the driver’s responsibility to drive safely and be in control of the vehicle and all times to ensure safety to self and others. Vehicle behavior (including traction and stability control) differs when using Track Mode and driver must exercise caution at all times.

Using Track Mode

Track Mode is always disabled when you start Model S. To enable Track Mode for your current drive, shift into Park and follow these steps:

  1. Touch Controls > Pedals & Steering > Track Mode.

    When enabled, TRACK displays on the instrument panel above the driving speed, and a Track Mode pane appears on the map. The Track Mode pane displays important at-a-glance status information about the Battery and the motors (see Monitoring Vehicle Health) and a real-time accelerometer (see G-Meter).

  2. If desired, customize the Track Mode settings by touching Customize on the Track Mode pane of the touchscreen (see Customizing Track Mode). You can also customize the Track Mode settings by touching Pedals & Steering > Driving, then touching Customize next to the Track Mode setting.
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    For optimum performance, wait for the battery and motor temperatures to reduce if highlighted in yellow or red.
  3. If desired, start the Lap Timer (see Using the Lap Timer).
  4. Shift into gear and GO!

    If you started the Lap Timer, each time you pass the start/finish location, the timer resets for the next lap. See Using the Lap Timer.

    When Track Mode is on:

    • Autopilot features are unavailable.
    • The Slip Start setting is overridden.
    • Energy usage increases.
    • Entertainment features are unavailable.
    • Auto Shift (Beta) is disabled (see Auto Shift (Beta) for more information).
    • Settings for Adaptive Suspension Damping are disabled (Track Mode automatically optimizes adaptive damping to support aggressive driving).

    Use the touchscreen setting to turn Track Mode off at any time. Powering off Model S also turns off Track Mode (although it may still appear on the touchscreen if Post-Drive cooling is in progress). When Track Mode is off, all settings return to their previous state and all features return to their normal operating state.

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    If Model S powers off while Track Mode is still enabled for Post-Drive cooling, the touchscreen displays a popup that provides quick access to re-enabling it when you power Model S back on.
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Driver assistance features are automatically disabled when Track Mode is On. It is the driver’s responsibility to drive safely and be in control of the vehicle at all times. Driver Assistance features automatically re-enable when Track Mode is turned Off.

Top Speed, Tires, and Tire Pressures

A Model S equipped with Tesla Carbon Ceramic brakes is capable of achieving a top speed of 200 mph (322 km/h).

To support this top speed, Model S must be equipped with the following tires at the recommended pressures:

Goodyear Supercar 3R

Cold - 32 psi*
Hot - 36 psi*
Hot on high load/banked tracks - 40 psi*

Michelin PS4S

Cold - 32 psi*
Hot - 40 psi*

* For both axles at curb loading conditions.
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Never attempt to drive at 200 mph (322 km/h) unless Model S is equipped with the Tesla Carbon Ceramic brake kit and the appropriate tires described above.

Customizing Track Mode

To customize Track Mode, touch Customize on the Track Mode pane that appears on the map when you enable Track Mode. You can also access the Track Mode settings by touching Controls > Pedals & Steering, then touching Customize next to the Track Mode setting. Choose an existing Track Mode setting from the list of pre-defined profiles provided by Tesla. Or create a new settings profile by touching Add New Settings, entering a name for the settings profile, then adjusting these settings to suit your preferences or driving scenario, or customize for a specific track:

  • Handling Balance - Drag the slider to customize the balance of Model S in a turn. If Model S is too loose, you can choose a front-biased under-steering setup. Difficult to get the vehicle through a turn? Try a rear-biased setup to increase rotation. You can select any value, in 5% increments, between 100/0 (for 100% front biased used for under-steering) and 0/100 (for 100% rear biased used for over-steering).
  • Stability Assist - Drag the slider to choose the level at which the stability control systems assist in controlling the vehicle. You can choose any level from -10 to +10. Choosing +10 engages all stability assist systems and is similar to driving without track mode engaged. Choosing -10 disables all stability systems and the stability of the drive rests solely on the driver. The default setting of 0 represents a balance which provides some stability being automatically controlled and leaving some control up to the driver.
  • Regenerative Braking - Drag the slider to choose how much regenerative braking is available. You can choose any value, in 5% increments, between 0 and 100%. When using base brakes, Tesla recommends the 100% setting to prevent overheating. Overheating is not a concern on a Model S equipped with Carbon Ceramic brakes.
  • Post-Drive Cooling - Enable if you want the cooling systems to continue cooling the vehicle's components even after you leave the vehicle. Cooling stops automatically when the components are sufficiently cool, or when you power Model S off and back on again. Post-Drive Cooling is useful if you want to quickly cool the components between driving sessions. If Post-Drive Cooling is set to OFF, the components eventually cool, but it takes longer.
  • Brake Temperatures (displays only if Model S is not equipped with Tesla's Carbon Ceramic brake kit) - Enable to display brake temperatures as well as warnings associated with the braking system. You may want to disable in situations in which you have installed an aftermarket high performance braking system.
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    Warnings are automatically disabled on a Model S equipped with the optional Tesla Carbon Ceramic brake kit.
  • Save Dashcam for Laps - Enable if you want to save a video and data on a USB flash drive when using the Lap Timer. A USB flash drive must be set up and inserted as described (see USB Drive Requirements for Recording Videos). The USB flash drive must contain a folder named TeslaTrackMode. When enabled, Track Mode stores a video and associated data for each lap. Track Mode also stores the car status and telemetry data with details about the vehicle's position, speed, acceleration, use of accelerator, etc. You can then view the video recordings and analyze this data, which is saved as a .CSV file on the USB flash drive, to determine where time is being lost or gained.

The currently chosen setting displays on the touchscreen in the top left corner of the Track Mode pane.

Track Mode allows you to save up to 20 settings profiles. To delete a chosen profile, touch Delete at the bottom of the settings screen.

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You can not change or delete a pre-defined profile provided by Tesla.

Using the Lap Timer

When you enable Track Mode, the map displays a Lap Timer. Drop a pin on the map to define the lap's start/finish location. Then press START to begin the driving (lapping) session. Once started, the Lap Timer starts counting when you drive Model S past the lap's start/finish location where you dropped the pin. The Lap Timer automatically starts timing the duration of the lap, resetting the timer whenever you pass the start/finish location, and displaying the real-time delta between the current lap and the fastest lap so far in the driving session. The map highlights the track in blue.

At the completion of each lap, the Lap Timer displays the duration of the lap. It also displays the times associated with the previous and best laps in the driving session.

If Save Dashcam for Laps is enabled (see Customizing Track Mode), and a properly formatted USB flash drive is inserted, Track Mode saves a video of the driving session (as recorded by the front cameras), along with a .CSV file that provides detailed information about the lap.

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To stop the timer at the end of your driving session, touch STOP on the Lap Timer.

Monitoring Vehicle Health

You can easily monitor the health of Model S when using Track Mode by glancing at the touchscreen and the instrument panel.

The touchscreen displays bars that graphically represent the temperatures of the Battery and motors. These bars display with no color when operating within their ideal temperature range. However, as the Battery or a motor begins to suffer from reduced performance due to temperature, the associated bar is highlighted in yellow. Then, as the performance becomes more limited, the color of the bar progresses toward red.

The instrument panel displays dynamic readings of tire pressures and colors a tire's pressure reading red if the tire pressure becomes low.

If Model S is not equipped with Tesla's Carbon Ceramic brake kit, the instrument panel also displays temperature warnings from the front and rear brakes, using yellow as the brakes reach thermal limits and red when thermal limits are further exceeded.

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A component displayed in red may indicate the need for the component to cool significantly before it can perform adequately.
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Any vehicle damage or injuries caused by using Track Mode is the driver's responsibility. The vehicle warranty does not cover damage caused by excessive overuse of vehicle components. It also does not cover racing, autocross, or driving in competition.


In Track Mode, a real-time G-Meter displays on the Track Mode pane on the touchscreen. The G-Meter graphically displays peak lateral and longitudinal acceleration values in the form of a circular meter. The history of your drive is represented in the shaded area. The G-Meter resets at the start of each driving session.