Tesla has awarded a few lucky owners with a trip to Kemi, Finland to experience the high-performance capabilities of the Model S and Model 3 vehicles for its “Winter Experience 2019” event. A video shared by one of the winners gives a first look at the perks enjoyed by the event’s attendees.
Several Model S and Model 3 in the video are seen parked outside what may be the Kemi SnowCastle, a hotel built from snow and ice annually in Finland, where Tesla’s guests were treated to a special dinner as part of their Winter Experience package. The all-electric sedans are also seen swerving through obstacle courses and taking laps around an ice track with a professional driver.
The winners of Tesla’s winter event were provided with complimentary travel, accommodation, and food during their trip. The main event, however, was the ice track demonstration of the vehicles’ all-wheel-drive handling in winter conditions and Tesla’s Track Mode feature exclusive to the Model 3 Performance.
Tesla’s all-wheel-drive electric cars are equipped with several features to enhance overall winter driving performance, primarily due to the enhanced traction provided by digital torque control in the front and rear wheels. This is prominent in the Model 3 Performance’s Track Mode, which features increased regenerative braking, track-focused powertrain cooling, and enhanced cornering to provide a full track-centered experience that maximizes the driver’s control during high-speed maneuvers.
The Winter Experience 2019 event comes amid Tesla’s continuous push to saturate the European midsize sedan market with the Model 3. Recent activity indicates the California-based car maker is anticipating a massive influx for the Model 3 Standard and Standard Plus versions which were launched earlier this month in the US. The $35,000 version of the electric vehicle is estimated to reach European markets in about 6 months.
Model 3 owners who didn’t make it to Tesla’s Winter Experience 2019 event can still find other events for Model 3 Track Mode experience. A Tesla-exclusive racetrack event called Tesla Corsa is currently on its third round and is set to take place on March 31st at Buttonwillow Raceway Park in California. The event’s organizers aim to give Tesla owners the opportunity to experience the all-electric performance benefits of their vehicles in a safe, controlled environment.
Tesla recently set a personal record for total number of combined vehicle sales in Norway, a country that could definitely benefit from the company’s vehicles’ winter features. Over 2,500 Model S, Model X, and Model 3 sold in the first three weeks of March this year, topping a previous record set in December 2017 when the electric car maker registered 2,461 Model S and Model X after a strong year-end push. Around 88% of all Tesla March registrations in Norway have been for the Model 3, a stat that certainly looks to be a nod to its winter capabilities.
Watch the video shared by Danni Efraim below for highlights from Tesla’s Winter Experience 2019 below.