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Results From First Documented Test Of Tesla Model 3

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The Model 3 is quicker, stops sooner, tackles the figure-eight faster, has more horsepower and torque, steers quicker, and uses a quarter of the energy than the BMW 330i.
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However, if you wanted to take a car to the track you probably wouldn't want an electric that will go into propulsion reduced mode after half a lap.
And there's the rest of the story. What it can do it can't do for very long. If you want to race this is your EV:

Caution: If you're sensitive the the high-pitched whine of an EV this car is not for you.

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If I remember correctly the bolt did faster laps than the model S.
Yes and no.
We need a Stig to drive these cars, one at a time, on the clock, similar tires.
The Stig would be a good test driver. The Bolt and S are in different classes. I think if The Stig can get the Bolt to go as fast, that would be saying something. As I recall someone with a bit of racing experience recently pointed out that Tesla handling sucks on the track. I expect the Bolt probably does too, but The Stig can drive anything.
What I remember is something along the lines of "far better than what you would expect from a car this heavy". So I'm thinking more middling, or even better than average, than terrible.
It was stated that a 4-cylinder Camaro could beat the pants off of an S on the track. I'm not going to fetch the quote. It was last week.

Put separate motors on each wheel with great vectoring software and active rear wheel steering and you could have pretty spiffy handling.
Sounds Quattro-like. Yes you could. I wonder who will - Porsche?
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