This Tesla Model 3 Burned A Set Of Brake Pads In Just 9 Track Miles

At a Laguna Seca track day, this Model 3 owner discovered just how quickly his car will grind through a whole set of brake pads
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We live in an age where there’s a type of car that’s new and, in some ways, exciting. Electric cars, therefore, are prime fodder for taking on the world’s myriad race circuits for a cheeky timed lap and a few giggles.

It might be wise to install some serious brake upgrades before hitting the track hard, though, if this video is any guide. On most new EVs the regenerative braking system does most of the heavy lifting when it comes to hauling up, and it’s possible that the traditional brake pads are in some cases thinner or lighter-duty items as a result.

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These videos, uploaded to YouTube by Matt Crowley, show the action and consequences of the heavy braking needed to tackle just 45 corners in a Tesla Model 3 at the fabled Laguna Seca race circuit.

Tesla’s pads, which are designed for typical road use, have eroded to the point where the inside front pad in the video is worn right down to the metal. In nine miles of track use. That’s what a heavy car will do to ordinary brake pads, even if they are Brembo…

This Tesla Model 3 Burned A Set Of Brake Pads In Just 9 Track Miles

The outer pad has a thin sliver of friction material left, but the inner one has been ground down to the metal, which has in turn been cooked white by the heat generated by scraping directly onto the disc.

What we don’t know for sure is how hard the brakes had been tested before being taken to the track, or whether they’d been ‘abused’ before this. Either way, if you’re heading to the track in your new EV, upgrade the brakes. Otherwise, you’d better have some spares in your tool bag for the drive home.

Source: InsideEVs


Joel Peñaló

Makes the brake fade in my WRX look/feel like a 911 RS in comparison

03/15/2018 - 13:09 |
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Well you don’t need to use brakes nearly as much in an electric car because of strong engine braking. So they might be designed for even less use than normal brake pads

03/15/2018 - 13:30 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Which is bad, when you think about it. They should go for the maximum viable standard of safety

03/15/2018 - 17:36 |
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This is absolutely atrocious, especially for a car with regenerative braking that should take off some load from the friction brakes. No point bringing this to the Nurburgring because it won’t even last a lap.

03/15/2018 - 13:37 |
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03/15/2018 - 13:45 |
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I think that the pads are designed for normal driving where regenerative breaking will do most of the work. During a track day the regenerative breaking will be pretty minuscule because you are trying to slow down way faster than the regenerative breaking is designed for, and thus it relies on the pads more. That would be my guess at least

03/15/2018 - 13:50 |
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RWB Dude

This is y Tesla is a sh!tty car company

03/15/2018 - 15:12 |
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Daksh Pat

love the smell of ruined brake pads in the morning

03/15/2018 - 17:33 |
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Logan Watterson

Those brakes where built in the cheap to help PAD tesla’s wallet

03/15/2018 - 19:22 |
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Jia the Supra Fanboy

Somehow the much heavier Model S did the whole Nurburgring with its brakes intact, but this lighter Model 3 can’t handle 9 miles of track… hmm.

03/15/2018 - 19:37 |
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F*cking clickbait! It hasn’t burned a set of brake pads “In Just 9 Track Miles”, it did it in X unknown miles PLUS 9 track miles.
What a waste of time this article was..

03/15/2018 - 19:56 |
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The Tesla Model 3 might be late on production, but its brake pads are surprisingly early at wearing out.

I’ll see myself out.

03/15/2018 - 20:48 |
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even I can tell it’s noT inTENDed to BE used ON tracK

03/15/2018 - 21:18 |
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