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Published on April 29th, 2019 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland


Watch Top Gear’s Video of Tesla Model 3 Performance Crushing Fossil BMW M3 Around Race Track

April 29th, 2019 by  

Top Gear has released the video accompanying its recent report of a Tesla Model 3 Performance beating a BMW M3 around a race track, which we covered last week. Check out the video here!

The head-to-head race include a quarter-mile run, 0–100–0 mph acceleration-and-braking test, and a lap time of the Thunderhill Raceway track. The Tesla beat out the BMW in all of these categories. The respective lap times around the 2 mile course came in at 1:35:96 for the BMW and 1:34:07 for the Tesla Model 3 Performance.

Tesla and BMW Thunderhill Raceway Lap Times/Top Gear YouTube Channel

For fun, they also conducted a “drift” session, and — for consolation — found that the BMW drifts more easily than the Tesla, which is not too surprising given the rear-wheel drive of the BMW and the all-wheel-drive of the Tesla. However, Top Gear also noted (in its original report article) that Tesla is working on a software update to Track Mode to enable more front-rear bias control via “sliders,” which should allow easier drifting in the Model 3 Performance.

“The fact that the Tesla is so quiet and comfortable, and refined, out on the public roads — and — it can do all that stuff on the track, is quite remarkable really. The BMW is much less civilized.”

For more information, check out our recent article on the head-to-head sprint. Better still, check out Top Gear’s own write-up, if you can access the magazine. If you want to see evidence with your own eyes, the Top Gear video is just 12 minutes long and certainly worth a watch. 


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Max is an anthropologist, social theorist and international political economist, trying to ask questions and encourage critical thinking about social and environmental justice, sustainability and the human condition. He has lived and worked in Europe and Asia, and is currently based in Barcelona. Find Max's book on social theory, follow Max on twitter @Dr_Maximilian and at MaximilianHolland.com, or contact him via LinkedIn.

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