The Tesla Model 3 Performance is limited to 155 miles per hour. On a recent trip to the Bonneville Salt Flats to put that statistic to the test, one owner found himself not only discovering how fast his car can go but also how tight his sphincter can get.
Brought to our attention via Teslarati, a video has surfaced of a Model 3 Performance attempting to reach its top speed on the loose, salty surfaces in Utah. The first pass proved more or less successful, with the car indicating 154 miles per hour on its on-screen speedometer—1 mile an hour short of the advertised figure. The second pass, however, didn’t quite go as planned. At around 135 miles per hour, the compact EV apparently hit soft sand and found itself in a spin, putting its occupants firmly in…the Danger Zone. Yeah, I said it.
After this little mishap, the Tesla threw up multiple warnings that indicated systems such as the regenerative braking, automatic emergency braking, and stability control being disabled.
Despite the somewhat harrowing moment, this Model 3 owner isn’t shying away from more top speed shenanigans in the future, promising another run once Tesla rolls out the electric sedan’s Track Mode update.
We’d also like to point out just how briskly and effortlessly the little Tesla got up to triple-digit speeds. I mean, we knew the car did 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.3 seconds but seeing it in action from the cockpit of a completely silent, relatively humble looking sedan is quite a thing to behold.
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