How Long Does It Take To Kill The Brake Pads On A Tesla Model 3? Nine Miles Of Track-Day Use At Laguna Seca, As This Guy Found Out!


How Long Does It Take To Kill The Brake Pads On A Tesla Model 3? Nine Miles Of Track-Day Use At Laguna Seca, As This Guy Found Out!

In all honesty, even at 3,838 pounds curb weight, the Tesla Model 3 isn’t that heavy for a modern-day car, let alone a true electric vehicle. It’s affordable and meant to be the low-cost, entry level EV sedan that would be the bread-and-butter of Tesla operations. People went nuts for the car, lining up to place deposits two years ago. With the cars finally being delivered, there are praises and criticisms. Plenty of autojournos have had their say, but it’s when the consumer gets the car and puts it through trials that the true tests begin. Owner Matt Crowley found out the hard way that the Model 3 needs some upgrades before the car can truly be considered a track-day worthy machine. After lapping around Laguna Seca in California a couple of times, covering a total of nine miles’ worth of track time, he annihilated the brakes on his car. Like nuclear levels of bad. He turned Brembo brake pads into crackers…thin and crispy. There’s signs of heat damage. And given that one pad was down to the metal, there’s a chance that a new rotor will be in the works. The first video is the car playing on the race course…the second video is the result of the fun. At least it isn’t a video about how the Model 3 ate it while trying to navigate the Corkscrew!


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5 thoughts on “How Long Does It Take To Kill The Brake Pads On A Tesla Model 3? Nine Miles Of Track-Day Use At Laguna Seca, As This Guy Found Out!

  1. cyclone03

    I think that was more like 9 laps,IIRC Laguna is 2.33 Miles around.

    I have to wonder if traction control was the reason for most of that wear?

    Brembo has several pads available,I would think a track pad would fair much better.

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  2. Pat McGinnis

    What ? The entry level, base model is not up to race car specs ! What were those engineers thinking ? Or maybe, this was misplaced effort. A vehicle whose reason to exist is low priced, electric powered commuting can’t hold up to road course abuse/use. SURPRISE !

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