Can Modified Tesla Model 3 Long Range Beat Model 3 Performance?


It’s time to put the Mountain Pass Performance modified Tesla Model 3 to the test everyone’s been waiting for.

If you read InsideEVs, you’re probably well aware that we’ve been following and covering EV-oriented performance tuner Mountain Pass Performance and owner Sasha Anis for some time. He’s been working diligently on modifying a Tesla Model 3 Long Range (single-motor, rear-wheel drive). Can it keep up with a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive Tesla Model 3 Performance?

How much do all the mods help? It’s interesting to see exactly how this Model 3 Long Range fares. Details about the specific upgrades are listed in the video description below.

What do you think? Did it turn out as you expected? Let us know in the comment section below.

Video Description via Sasha Anis on YouTube:

Performance Model 3 Track Review – Is It Faster Than Our MPP Modified Model 3?

Enjoy this entertaining video of our modified Model 3 against a 3-day old Performance Model 3. We even swapped drivers to make it a fair fight. Enjoy, and don’t be afraid to take that Tesla of yours to the track!

What have we done to allow our Model 3 to keep up with a Performance Model 3? Here is the full mod list:

Mountain Pass Performance Sports Coilovers
Mountain Pass Performance Rear Camber + Toe Arms
Mountain Pass Performance 365mm Front Big Brake Upgrade
Mountain Pass Performance Stainless Braided Brake Lines
Mountain Pass Performance VSC + TC Defeat
Ferrodo DS2500 front brake pads
Advan RGIII 19×10 +35 Wheels
Bridgestone RE71R 275/35/19 Tires

This my friends, is The Future.


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7 Comments on "Can Modified Tesla Model 3 Long Range Beat Model 3 Performance?"

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Surprisingly YES.

Makes me wonder how great a Tesla Model 3 Performance+ “Ludicrous” with further modified suspention, tires, aero etc. will perform. Would be awesome if Tesla would/could make a further 5k option for the performance version.

Read my comment above.

For the track times, were they using the same driver?

What would be the price for the mods? From the factory, going from RWD to Performance is $15,000. For some people, that is fairly cheap to get from 0-60 of 5.1 to 3.5.

They should do the same modifications to a performance 3 and compare the before and after.

To get some amazing performance, we need to get Elon to make a low range performance 3, with half a battery pack. That would shave what about 400-600 Lbs, making it fly, only draw back is the half range.

Not a bad idea Franco for strictly short race or drag purposes

That would reduce the power, which is proportional to battery size

The Mountain Pass M3 must ride like a truck and scrape speed bumps, curb cuts and driveways. No different from gas performance cars that have been lowered with stiffer springs and wider lower profile rims and tires. What is unexpected or “news” about this? If you slam a car, you compromise greatly on range, comfort, practicality and usefulness as a daily form of transportation. Air suspension or adjustable height for a track day or fun performance drive on a twisty road, yes. Defeatable traction control or “track mode”, yes. But slamming a car for the track makes it a track car = Not very useful in the real world where 99.9% of automobiles live and work daily. I wouldn’t want a Mountain Pass customized M3. Not unless I had money to burn on a toy for track days on weekends that stayed in the garage 350 days out if the year. Facebook M3 fan pages are filled with jacked M3s. Sure, they look nice but I wouldn’t want one. Like magazines filled with girls in skin tight mini dresses or yoga pants. Sure, we fantasize about having a night with her…Until we think about the downsides which are VERY REAL.… Read more »