Track Day Guide for Beginner and Experienced Model 3 Owners

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How many times have you been on a race track?

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All good points and I was planning to do 18"x9.5" Enkei's since they might be closer to my price range but I don't they they sell 19"x9.5" rims. Any suggestions on good ones? Being track tires, I'm not looking to spend a lot on rims but I also want ones around the same weight as my aeros if possible.

Has anyone had any luck with finding pro car take-offs around the right size? I've always been terrible at tracking down pro-racing tire resellers.

Also, has anyone had any trouble with staying put in their seat or any other issues with the car on track? How does the traction control like cornering at higher speeds?

Enkei makes the TFR, TY-5, and Raijin in 19x9.5 +35. Weights - Raijin: 22.8 lbs TY-5: 22.2 lbs TFR: 21.2 lbs. The TFR can be had for just over $1k. Lighter weight than that requires an 18" or a forged 19".

The seats in the 3 are terrible for keeping you in place. Traction control without track mode has been described as pretty invasive if your inputs aren't smooth.
 
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Also, has anyone had any trouble with staying put in their seat or any other issues with the car on track?
Ideally you will need to either change to real (static) lap belts in 3-point style or ind an adapter that allows you to lock the slider at the mid-point. Such as a CG Lock:
https://store.windingroad.com/cg-lock-seat-belt-performance-add-on-p49.aspx

NOTE: I've not tried these yet on the Tesla harnesses but I've had great success in many previous cars.

And KEEP your left foot on the dead pedal the whole time. It will greatly assist in keeping your buttocks in the seal, Your left thing muscle should hurt when you end the session.
 

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Not recently, but I used to have a Lotus Elan that I ran in SCCA C Production and a lot of autocrosses...
 

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In case it helps, a group on Tesla Motors Club did a group buy of forged wheels from Titan wheels in Taiwan. They are now in stock at:

https://www.evasivemotorsports.com/...TGY&Store_Code=EM&Category_Code=TITAN7-MODEL3

The price for a set of the 19 x 9.5 is $2600, which is relatively low for a forged wheel.

I still wish they'd do their other style in that size, but for that size and style, the RS-1 from Speedwell is a better buy at $1995.
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I'm thinking more around the $300 range for wheels since they are just track wheels to be abused...

But I might tackle the brake cooling issue first, followed by the seat belt lock, then get my track tires/wheels when I get closer to a track weekend. Then I just need the VSC disable/party box mod and I think I will be happy! At least until I get hooked and want more mods...
 

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Can we make the group therapy sessions Saturday AND Sunday? Maybe at a shared location in the area we can all meet at? Maybe one with a private road loop with no speed limits? :D
 

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Yesterday I spent the day at the Toronto Motorsports Park with Sasha and Jesse from @MountainPass and I had a LOT of fun! I asked Sasha if we could meet there so he could show me the ropes for my first time so I could learn from a pro and he was very gracious and he knows his stuff.
We talked about organizing a track day for Toronto peeps later this summer, so hopefully we can do that.

If you ever get a chance, get a ride with Sasha. It's really fun.

PS. His products make a great car, an EXCELLENT and fun car on the track. Owning a Performance Model 3 I can tell you his brakes are even better than the P3Ds.
 
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Yesterday I spent the day at the Toronto Motorsports Park with Sasha and Jesse from @MountainPass and I had a LOT of fun! I asked Sasha if we could meet there so he could show me the ropes for my first time so I could learn from a pro and he was very gracious and he knows his stuff.
We talked about organizing a track day for Toronto peeps later this summer, so hopefully we can do that.

If you ever get a chance, get a ride with Sasha. It's really fun.

PS. His products make a great car, an EXCELLENT and fun car on the track. Owning a Performance Model 3 I can tell you his brakes are even better than the P3Ds.

You did great Trev, thanks for coming for a rip!
 
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Yesterday I spent the day at the Toronto Motorsports Park with Sasha and Jesse from @MountainPass and I had a LOT of fun! I asked Sasha if we could meet there so he could show me the ropes for my first time so I could learn from a pro and he was very gracious and he knows his stuff.
We talked about organizing a track day for Toronto peeps later this summer, so hopefully we can do that.

If you ever get a chance, get a ride with Sasha. It's really fun.

PS. His products make a great car, an EXCELLENT and fun car on the track. Owning a Performance Model 3 I can tell you his brakes are even better than the P3Ds.
I have been to Mosport many times, but not in an EV. I have a Model 3 performance on order and would like to take it there. With the nearest supercharger 30 minutes away, how did the battery hold up during the track day.
 
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I have been to Mosport many times, but not in an EV. I have a Model 3 performance on order and would like to take it there. With the nearest supercharger 30 minutes away, how did the battery hold up during the track day.
It hold ups well but power sags when you get lower than 50%. Best to plug it in when you come off the track. Even level 2 helps
 
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@MountainPass or anyone else who has installed their oil cooler, where did you get the replacement oil for the cooler? ATF-9 listed in the install guide (and owner's manual) is only available from NAPA in cases of 12 special order in my area...

I found a second manufacturer on Amazon too but have not heard of either brands (Pentosin or Ravenol) so I don't know which is trustworthy. A thread over on TMC had someone mention they are using Royal Purple Max ATF but no follow up on how long they have used it or if they ever had issues. I can find the Royal purple much more easily.

Planning to track my car in August so I'm looking forward to seeing how it does with a few mods! I'm finishing off my street tires though so I don't expect too much stress on the car