Tesla Model 3: Ludicrous Mode In The Works?
Much has been revealed about the Model 3, Tesla’s current pride and joy. But still, it seems Elon Musk and his company are not done dishing out surprises regarding their latest car. In fact, it looks like Musk has confirmed that the Model 3 will have a Ludicrous mode.Advertisement
To this, Musk simply replied, “Of course.”
The Ludicrous mode is a unique Tesla creation back in July 2015. Musk explained a bit about it in the Tesla blog. He shared that his team stumbled upon the Ludicrous mode while working on their goal of “making the power train last a million miles.”
Instead of using standard fuse for the battery, which tends to melt past a certain amperage, Tesla decided to develop a fuse that comes with its electronics and a tiny lithium-ion battery pyro-actuated to cut power with extreme precision.
This fuse was then combined with an upgraded main pack contactor that now uses inconel (high temperature space-grade superalloy) instead of steel. The result was a significant increase in maximum pack output from 1,300 to 1,500 Amps. On the road, that means a Tesla vehicle in Ludicrous mode can improve its performance by 10 percent, going from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 2.8 seconds.
Currently, Model 3 is capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in under six seconds. Still, it’s safe to say that everyone would enjoy driving this car on Ludicrous mode.
Since it was unveiled, Tesla confirmed that the Model 3 starting price is $35,000 before incentives. Last year, Musk said that the option to have Ludicrious mode in its Model S would cost $10,000. It’s safe to say that future Model 3 owners should be willing to spend a little more if they want to go Ludicrous, too.