Tesla Motors Inc cars are known for speed, style, environmental friendliness and technology that allow the cars to continually improve. The electric car maker continues surprise and please owners with improvements via frequent over the air software updates. Over the air updates allow the auto maker to make upgrades, changes and fixes etc without requiring Tesla owners to visit a service center. Updates are downloaded via WiFi at a time of the owners choosing, usually in the wee hours of the night when the car is garaged. The next time a driver enters the vehicle they are notified of any changes. These changes can be anything from a bug fix to a completely new display design. In the next update, Tesla promises to deliver a performance enhancement.
The Model S P100D is already the world’s fastest-accelerating car, but the firm sees more room for improvement. Tesla Motors Inc plans to make the Model S P100D hit 60 mph in just 2.4 seconds, compared to 2.5 seconds earlier, says Bloomberg. The CEO and co-founder Elon Musk took to Twitter to announce that the Model S P100D will gain the new speed in December after which it will be able to keep up with a Bugatti Chiron.
“Looks like the Model S P100D Easter egg will allow it to do 0 to 60 mph in 2.4 sec and a 10.6 sec 1/4 mile via software update next month,” Musk tweeted.
The Model S is already ahead of sold-out supercars with tiny production runs such as Bugatti’s $2.3m Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, Ferrari’s $1.4m LaFerrari and Porsche’s $845,000 918 Spyder, says Bloomberg. Even though it is really difficult to notice the 0.1- second difference in real-world driving, it will further cement the car’s spot as an electric family supercar.
The same update will offer benefits to the Model X P100D owners as well. The crossover is a little slower than its sedan counterpart owing to its heavy weight. The vehicle will take 2.8 seconds to attain the speed of 60 mph from zero after the installation of the update.
The Model X will also shed a 10th of a second after which it will come at par with a $1.15m McLaren P1. A Porsche 911 Turbo takes 2.9 seconds to perform the same sprint when equipped with Sport Chrono package.
Tesla ‘Easter Egg’ makes update more exciting
While the changes will be delivered to all P100D Model S owners next month, but they will be required to figure out on their own how to enable it. The tech industry refers to it as an ‘Easter Egg’ – a hidden feature that can be unlocked after following a specific series of gestures.
Previous Tesla Motors Inc ‘Easter Eggs’ made changes to the car’s displays, but for the first time, it will alter performance. Previously, the Model S graphic on the vehicle’s control panel can be changed into James Bond’s submersible Lotus from the 1977 movie ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ by simply accessing the service login from the car’s 17-inch touch screen, and entering access code ‘007’.
The EV firm informed that it is finalizing an over-the-air-software update, which will become available to P100D owners, to deliver them the extra part. There will not be any changes to car’s hardware, which means that a 100-kWh battery pack and dual motor all-wheel drive will still be in use. Whether or not and what effect if any will the extra power have on the 315-mile driving range is still not known.