The controversy around Tesla’s undisclosed performance restrictions is finally truly coming to an end this week. We reported on Tesla limiting the power output of its performance vehicles after frequent use of ‘launch mode’ and max power. It’s something other sports car manufacturers do in order to prevent premature wear of components caused by the high stress placed on them during those launches, but the problem was that Tesla didn’t tell the owners that they were imposing permanent restrictions because of it.
Last month, Tesla’s President of Sales and Service, Jon McNeill, confirmed that they will end all software performance reductions tied to the frequent use of max power and launch mode. This week, the update started being pushed to customers.
Since the revelation, Tesla ha been prompting the ‘I want my mommy’ alert (pictured above) when activating the latest ‘Ludicrous+’ update, which unleashes even more power in Tesla’s top performance vehicles.
The alert warns of premature wear and while this is still the case, at least it will not result in automatic limitations to the max power after the new update.
In the release of notes of a new update which started being pushed to owners yesterday, Tesla wrote:
Software performance reductions due to frequent max power usage have been removed. These reductions had been in place to proactively protect the powertrain from wear and tear. lnstead, we will monitor the condition of the powertrain and display an alert if service is needed so we can take proactive steps, such as by replacing parts if necessary, to maintain the vehicle’s performance.
This new update will enable owners of performance Tesla vehicles, like the Model S P90D or P100D, to fully enjoy the full capacity of their vehicles without fear of permanent restrictions.
It comes at the right time since recent tests show that the latest version of the Model S P100D with ‘Ludicrous+’ is breaking records in term of acceleration: Tesla Model S P100D Ludicrous+ achieves record 2.28-second 0-60 mph and 10.5-sec 1/4 mile in new Motor Trend tests.