Elon Musk reveals hidden features for Tesla owners


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Tesla owners already have quite a lot to gloat about. Their vehicles produce no harmful emissions from the tailpipes, they cost mere pence to recharge and Model S owners can hit 60mph from a standstill in 2.8 seconds if they engage 'Ludicrous Mode'.

But now, Tesla's owner and founder, Elon Musk, has revealed that his cars feature a whole host of additions that have remained a secret to many.
Dubbed 'Easter eggs', these little surprises are common in the world of video games, where software developers hide features for players to unwittingly discover, but rarely are they found in the serious world of automotive.

Below are just three of the many available that Tesla owners can try now:

Mario-Kart Rainbow Road display

Elon Musk unveiled this top tip on Twitter recently and it sees a psychedelic road (complete with cow bell noises) added to the Autopilot display screen. Users simply activate the autopilot function four times in quick succession and the screen changes from a standard grey road to this eye-popping delight.

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Film buffs can unlock a clever nod to Douglas Adam's sci-fi creation The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. If users tap on the Tesla logo, it reveals the vehicle's information page and the car's name. If users type the number 42 into this window, the car will change its name to, "Life, the Universe and Everything."

Transform your Tesla into a submersible

Don't take this too literally, a Tesla most definitely can't run underwater, but owners could have a bit of fun with the 2014 5.9 software update, as it allowed the graphic of the Tesla to be turned into the Lotus Esprit from James Bond The Spy Who Loved Me. Similar to the process above, when owners typed 007 into the service access menu, they were greeted with the Esprit. Changing the 'Depth' functionality adjusted the ride height of the car.