Tesla Model 3 Performance Hits 60 MPH In Record-Setting 3.13 Seconds


Lighter rims are the trick to getting Tesla Model 3 Performance zero-to-60-mph time down yet again.

A few YouTubers that just happen to be new Tesla Model 3 Performance owners have been recording and sharing zero-to-60-mph times. As it turns out, it hasn’t been uncommon for the owners to beat the 3.5-second metric published by Tesla. Eric Strait (DAErik on YouTube) took his new Model 3 Performance out early on and used his VBOX to record results around the 3.3-second mark. However, that was during a first run and the car didn’t have a full charge. He headed back out later with a full charge and substantiated previous claims of a whopping 3.18-second time.

Tesla’s performance figures have been known to be understated in the past, as proven with Model S zero-to-60-mph tests that were almost otherworldly for a five-seat family sedan. Not too long ago, CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the Model 3 Performance could pull off 3.3 seconds or better with the right tires and rims:

Crazily, as stated above, it easily beat that number in its stock configuration. So, how does it fare with some lighter rims? After installing T Sportline lightweight rims that shaved off about 32 pounds and adding wider rear tires, Erik took his Model 3 Performance back out to answer that question. As expected, the car broke previous records. This time, the Model 3 Performance nailed down an impressive 3.13-second time. We can only imagine that with some additional mods the number will continue to improve.

Video Description via DAErik on YouTube:

Lightweight Rims On A Tesla Performance Model 3 Improves 0-60 Time

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17 Comments on "Tesla Model 3 Performance Hits 60 MPH In Record-Setting 3.13 Seconds"

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Remove the frunk tub and the rear seats and I bet it’ll be even quicker!

Along with the wheels and tires, this run benefits from high altitude. Which unlike ICE cars, actually helps EV’s.

Due to less wind resistance, thinner atmosphere which is the same for both cars, so it helps them both.
The downside for the ICE is less pressure, therefore less Oxygen available for combustion, reducing hp..

Exactly, no 3% per 1000 ft power loss (non turbocharged, less for turbo). Benefit from less air drag without the associated power loss.

Turbocharged engines will offset the difference in oxygen density by working the turbo/turbo’s a little harder. When you calibrate an ECU you can set the torque demand and how it achieves that constantly varies. In most cases when a manufacturer claims 300lbft it means the engine will create 300lbft in all conditions, even in the worst case scenario.

Yes, turbo chargers and superchargers can help make up for altitude by compressing air back to sea level density or higher. But those turbos and superchargers also require HP to operate, and while working them harder produces more HP than it costs to operate the turbos/superchargers, there still is a loss for altitude. Just less than a naturally aspirated ICE.

Turbos are spun by back pressure from the exhaust. Technically, this power comes from the compression stroke in a different cylinder pushing exhaust out of a cylinder that has the exhaust valve open. Spinning the turbo harder means more back pressure on the piston in the exhaust cycle, which directly subtracts from the amount of power going out the crankshaft to the wheels. Superchargers work the same way, but through the pulleys, where the pulleys are what are draining the horsepower in order to provide boost.

With a turbo you can turn a 20% loss for altitude into a single digit loss, but it also comes with higher fuel consumption rates. There is also an issue with 91 octane gas that is sold at higher altitudes, and how you need that octane back in you over-boost….

does anyone know the horsepower equivalent of the performance model?

Car and Driver says 450 horsepower.

Sorry, but not thats not that fast for this price range of vehicle.

What 2018 stock sedan can you buy for under 65K with only wheel and tire upgrades that can do 0-60 in 3.13 seconds?

Now THAT’S funny..

You should be sorry…

I’m almost dumbstruck by that comment. Lamborghinis costing 4x the amount of a mod3 performance have worse performamce – AND range!


Tires are a good way to change range or grip for faster accelleration. Beside one can lower the weight with lighter rims and removing other weight from the car (e.g. charging components like cables, adapters … ).

An improved cooling will help to keep the power longer especially in hot areas. Check out here https://youtu.be/Ff0F5f9bmwc

Another special feature would be using HighCaps to buffer battery on accelleration, recuperation and charging. The higher current (even for a short time) will give more power for extreme use. This can give newer records in 0-60 mph but is not easy to do and some tricky.

those light weight wheels would be bent in a week in NY. good Luck with that.

This needs to be retested with 18inch wheels weight of 18.5lbs and the 5% power boost that was unlocked.