Tesla released their annual holiday software update on December 23, packing it with a number of new features. Some of them, like the Light Show, proved popular, while others, like the new user interface, generated a lot of criticism.
The good news for Model S Plaid owners is that Tesla has one more present under the tree, and it comes in the form of Track Mode for the world’s fastest production car.
A source has told Drive Tesla Plaid Track Mode will be deployed in the final software update of the year – 2021.44.30.
As with any software release, last-minute bugs might show up and the feature could be delayed, but it is likely to be released later this afternoon.
UPDATE Dec 31 3:15pm PST: Track Mode was set to be included in 2021.44.30. Internally this update is still showing a release date of December 31. It is unclear if it will still be released today. It it however now appearing in the Model S owner’s manual.
UPDATE Jan 1 8:45pm PST: Tesla hacker @greentheonly has confirmed Track Mode is in this update. Here are the release notes for the new feature. You can read more here.
Optimize your Plaid configuration for dynamic driving exclusively on closed courses and experience the unmatched performance at many different venues. To enable, tap Controls > Pedals & Steering > Track Mode.
- Thermals: The heat pump system cools more aggressively, maximizing powertrain endurance and performance. Enable post-drive cooling to shorten wait times between sessions.
- Drive Systems: Torque vectoring authority is increased across the three motors, elevating the vehicle
s agility and cornering capability. The accelerator pedal allows more precise torque control, and regenerative braking power is strengthened to recover more energy.
- Suspension: Adaptive damping reduces vehicle motions, improving handling and promoting driver confidence. Ride height is automatically set to ‘Low’ upon drive off.
- Display: A track-focused interface includes a lap timer, G-meter (real-time accelerometer), vehicle thermals monitor, Dashcam video capture, vehicle telemetry capture and offers customization options.
The feature will be similar to Track Mode currently available for the Model 3. Plaid owners will have the ability to customize options and settings of their electric sedan through a brand new interface on the in-car display.
The interface will also allow them to track the performance of their car while on the track with real-time monitoring.
And just like when Tesla released Track Mode for the Model 3, it will also be free for all owners of the Model S Plaid.
The update should also include some bug fixes and improvements discovered since the release of the holiday update last week.
Elon Musk teases Plaid track mode, waypoints, and “other things” in software update coming soon