The Tesla Model 3 Can Drift

Ever since the Tesla Model 3 debuted we’ve been wondering a nagging question. Questions about its production rate, build quality, and worker conditions were all mere breezes rustling past our ears compared to The Big One. The Thing On All Of Our Minds. Can the Tesla Model 3 drift? It turns out that yes, yes it can.


This video was posted on Tesla’s Twitter account earlier today:

We should note that this is the Model 3 Performance, uh, model, which Tesla says will do zero to 60 mph in a mere 3.5 seconds. That sort of acceleration used to be reserved for the realms of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and maaaaaaaaybe a Mercedes CLK GTR on an exceptional day.

But more importantly, when Tesla said that one of the two motors in the car would be for speed, and one of the motors would be for range, it appears as if Tesla did the right thing and put the big one in the back. Either that, or Tesla put in a drift mode. Either one, or both of those situations are plausible.

And while all of this drifting is extremely good, we now have another question.

Why did the driver need the back windows down?

Deputy Editor, Jalopnik. 2002 Lexus IS300 Sportcross.



An electric car drifting is about as exciting as a Chevy Spark having a sport mode: yea it’s cool that it can do it. But what’s the point? Especially if there’s no engine noise.