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Novitec has modified a Tesla Model 3

German tuner adds carbon and many inches of wheel to the littlest Tesla

Published: 06 Aug 2019
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Novitec doesn’t just do 800-odd horsepower Ferraris and Lamborghinis, y’know. For a while it’s offered tuning packages for the Tesla Models S and X. Many people bought them. So now it’s done the little Tesla, too.

Don’t go thinking Novitec can make your Model 3 any quicker, though. Because it can’t. Much like the company’s kits for the Models S and X, the upgrades it offers for the Model 3 are mainly aesthetic ones. The carbon-fibre side-skirts, front-lip, diffuser and spoiler, for example, which it nonetheless claims measurably improve aerodynamics.

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Then there are the wheels, which were designed by Novitec and manufactured by Vossen. They are 21-inches in diameter and shod with wider tyres than standard, theoretically giving better grip. Their design, meanwhile, is said to more effectively channel air to the brakes. Of more interest to Novitec’s customers, though, will be the fact they come in 72 different colours.

The one mechanical modification Novitec offers is suspension, which it will lower for you by 30 or 40mm depending on which set of springs you go for. As well as improving handling, Novitec claims this reduces power consumption on long journeys by as much as seven per cent.

Got a Model 3? Reckon this is a worthwhile upgrade?

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