How Tesla’s Drag Strip Mode Works [VIDEO]

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Tesla has aired a new video on its YouTube video to explain how Drag Strip Mode works on a Model S Plaid.

Chris from Tesla Performance Engineering shared some key insights into how this feature works, which transforms the way Tesla Model S Plaid owners experience acceleration and speed on the drag strip.

Drag Strip Mode uses the following steps to maximize power and traction for the ultimate racing experience.

First, there’s the cooling of drive units. Tesla’s system focuses on cooling the drive units as much as possible. According to Chris, the drive units generate the most power when they are cool. This cooling process ensures that the EV’s performance is optimized for the drag strip.

Also, there’s the warming of the battery pack. While the drive units benefit from being cool, the battery pack requires a bit of warmth to reach its optimum range. Tesla’s Drag Strip Mode includes a feature that warms the battery pack just enough to ensure it delivers the best performance during the race.

As the driver readies for the race, the vehicle adopts Cheetah Stance, a unique position that improves frontal axle traction by lowering it closer to the ground. To activate this stance, the driver must hold their foot firmly on the brake and then press on the accelerator pedal.

The car will then enter launch mode, squatting and lowering the front of the vehicle. This preloaded stance enhances grip and enables the car to rocket down the drag strip with the fastest acceleration.

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“Drag Strip Mode preconditions the battery and drive units to ideal operating temperatures for maximum acceleration. Cheetah Stance lowers the front suspension for optimal weight transfer during launch. Together, they help make Model S Plaid the quickest accelerating mass-production car on the planet,” says Tesla.