Easter Eggs (Hidden Software) for your Tesla

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What is an Easter Egg?

An Easter egg is an intentional inside joke, a hidden message, or a secret feature of an interactive work (often, a computer programvideo game or DVD menu screen). The name is used to evoke the idea of a traditional Easter egg hunt.[2] The term was coined to describe a hidden message in the Atari video game Adventure that led Atari to encourage further hidden messages in later games, treating them as Easter eggs for players to find.

How do I find the Easter Eggs?

Technically half of the fun is trying to find them but for those curious or frustrated that they cannot find any here is the full list of them.

Spoiler: If your car has software version 8.1 or higher you should see this page below which shows you most of the built in easter eggs. To find it ‘Tap the Tesla “T” located at the top of the touchscreen, a screen will appear showing information on your vehicle, above this window is a pull-down section which once opened will reveal a new Tesla Easter Egg menu screen.

Tapping the various icons will activate past easter eggs like the Tesla Sketch Pad, Model X Holiday Show (for Model X owners), Rainbow Road, and the entire collection of Tesla Easter Eggs.

If you prefer the old school versions of finding many of these Easter Eggs do the following:

Cowbell Road (all cars with Autopilot)

When using Autopilot pull the Autopilot stalk 4 times in quick succession towards yourself.

Sketch Pad (all vehicles on 8.1 or higher)

Triple tap the Tesla ‘T’ at the top of the screen to show a drawing pad

James Bond Submarine (Cars with Air Suspension)

Press and hold the Telsa ‘T’ at the top of the touchscreen; then, when it asks for an access code, enter code “007”.
Go to the Air Suspension page within settings and you will see the hybrid vehicle-submarine 007 used in The Spy Who Loved Me.

Mars rover

Press and hold the Telsa ‘T’ at the top of the touchscreen; then, when it asks for an access code, enter code “Mars”.
Go to the sat nav and your car will turn into the Mars rover. Note: this will forget your current set destination.

Rainbow Charger (only for cars with self-closing charge ports)

Press the charger 10 times in quick succession while charging your car and the port will put on a miniature light show.

Holiday / Easter show (Model X only)

Press and hold the Telsa ‘T’ at the top of the touchscreen; then, when it asks for an access code, enter code ‘modelxmas’ or ‘Holiday’. Or pull the screen down (like the first video on the page) and press the green bauble. Close the doors, step away and press the lock button once on the key and it will spring into action.

Performance Mode

Press and hold the Telsa ‘T’ at the top of the touchscreen; then, when it asks for an access code, enter code “Performance”. This allows your car to mimic other cars, unfortunately, you can only decrease the performance.

Max battery mode (Performance Models only)

Turn on Insane or Ludicrous modes, below this you will see the words ‘Max Battery’ press this and a pop up window will appear, switch Max battery mode on. The car will heat up the battery to increase performance. This will increase battery use. It will take 5-60 minutes to heat the battery. After 10 – 15 minutes of hard performance you the car will showing ‘Cooling’ as the car cools the battery pack down.

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Ludicrous Plus Mode (P100DL only)

Turn on Ludicrous mode. Hold your finger on the word Ludicrous for 5-10 seconds, the screen will show a brief light show emulating going through space. This box will then appear, pressing ‘Yes, bring it on!’ will start heating the battery beyond the above ‘Max Battery Mode’. When fully heated (45-70mins) and at 100% SOC your car will perform at its peak performance.

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