Electric circuit: the first track day in the UK for electric vehicles
The new ID 3 fares better, suffering no such issues, and the owner reports that the lowered springs make it much less rolling than a standard car. However, the problem here is the tires, with the left front beating and heating up. However, the tires are even harder on heavier and faster cars. A Tesla Model 3 and a Porsche Taycan end up tearing the shoulder of their left front Michelin to the ropes.
There is huge enthusiasm for electric vehicles here, and not necessarily in an Elon Musk way deifying. People here also have Subaru rally cars and Nissan GT-Rs, or run a workshop that specializes in engine conversions, but EVs have opened up a different perspective, the possibility of a different kind of performance.
“You still hear a lot that electric vehicles have no soul and no character,” says Chambers. “For me, it’s secondary. It’s all about performance as far as I’m concerned.
While there is clearly a growing group of owners who want to use their EVs on the right track, this event will not become a regular fixture just yet. “I’m not preparing to be another track operator,” says Chambers. “It was really to prove a point to say we could do it and make it a milestone. A good point, well done.
EV event organizer also settles Teslas
Given how much Tesla’s Elon Musk talks about how his cars will behave, the incredibly fast yet heavy and lightly heavy Model 3 may seem like an unlikely track car. However, Chambers, who has a background in motorsport, was immediately convinced by the performance and handling of the Model 3.
However, he has also seen room for improvement and now offers a selection of parts through his company, Tevo Solutions, to improve handling, reduce brake discoloration and control tire wear on the track.
We took his demonstrator out for a few laps, and it was remarkably neutral, with tight corners, good power adjustment and brakes that withstand blows on the track. And while you might miss a nice engine note on a B-road, when you focus on the lines and braking points it doesn’t matter as much.