You have to excuse my ignorance as I just got this car and I have no owners manual. I figured out how to turn off the traction control pretty easily, but the other day I hit the button twice and my message center came up with competitive mode. I was like WTF is that? Can someone explain to me what it is and what is the difference between that, and having the just the traction control turned off? And how does our traction control work? My other car cuts fuel when you spin the tires which is really a stupid way to do it IMO.
Thanks guys for putting up with my stupid questions.
Welcome to the forum and I hope you're enjoying your Solstice. The link I am attaching is a tool designed by GM for owners. You will have access to the manuals, dealership service history, applicable recalls, special coverages, and suggested maintenance schedules. Below is also the description of competitive mode from the owner's manual on page 202. If you have any concerns or questions about your Solstice, please PM us or have it looked at by a GM mechanic. I hope this information helps and that you're having a good week.
Competitive Driving Mode, Page 202
The driver can select this optional handling mode
by pressing the ESC/TCS button on the console
two times within a five second time period.
COMPETITIVE MODE will be displayed in the DIC.
See DIC Warnings and Messages on page 148 for
more information. Competitive Driving Mode allows
the driver to have full control of the rear wheels
while the ESC system helps maintain directional
control of the vehicle by selective brake application.
The ESC/TCS light will be on and the traction
control system will not be operating. Adjust your
driving accordingly. This electronic stability control
mode is recommended only for use during closed
track events and competitive driving venues.
When you press the ESC button again, or restart
the vehicle, the ESC
Traction Control Description from Page 198
Traction Control System (TCS)
Your vehicle may have a Traction Control System
(TCS) that limits wheel spin. This is especially
useful in slippery road conditions. The system
operates only if it senses that the rear wheels are
spinning too much or are beginning to lose
traction. When this happens, the system works the
rear brakes and reduces engine power by
closing the throttle and managing engine spark to
limit wheel spin.
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