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Nerdy and Fun ‘Easter Egg’ Features Tesla Created

If you’re a fan of video gaming, you probably realized that the term ‘Easter Egg’ doesn’t just refer to the seasonal and celebratory decoration of chicken eggs. The term Easter Egg is also used to describe hidden features that can be found or unlocked but aren’t essential to the gameplay. Tesla has gone above and beyond in its programming to offer owners their very own hidden Easter Egg features, which are more are less fun and don’t affect the car or its various driving modes.

2020 Tesla Model Y
2020 Tesla Model Y | Tesla

Changing the car’s name to 42

If you own a Tesla you probably knew already that you could change your car’s name. What you didn’t realize, however, is that the programmers at Tesla have a wicked sense of humor. If you change the car’s name to ’42’, you unlock a nerdy Easter Egg when you press save. After you press save, you may have noticed your Tesla has changed its name on the home screen from 42 to “Life, the Universe, and Everything“. This is a reference to a movie called The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, a popular cult classic.

Romance Mode

Although it seems to be more cozy than romantic, Tesla introduced the Romance Mode Easter Egg. Tesla gives the option for Romance Mode, which you’ve never heard of because it isn’t offered by any other car manufacturer. Romance Mode turns the infotainment screen into a digital fireplace, but that’s not all it does. This mode also turns on the heated climate as well as the heated seats and turns up the volume to play a ‘romantic’ playlist.

Touch screen navigation system in a Tesla Model 3
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Atari

Classic gaming enthusiasts can appreciate the novelty of the Tesla Atari feature. The Atari feature opens traditional games onto the Tesla infotainment screen. On-screen controls allow users to play right on the infotainment but it gets better. Putting the Atari game you’ve chosen into full-screen mode allows you to use the steering wheel as the controller.

Santa Mode

If you’re a big fan of Chrismas like I am, you’ll love Tesla’s Santa mode. It’s incredibly easy to access and also a really fun feature. Press the voice command button and with a simple ‘ho ho ho’ Santa himself pops up on the dash. The car will start playing Christmas music, and Santa will take over your car on the navigation screen. You’ll enjoy the novelty and your kids will really get a kick out of the holiday spirit too.

Whoopie Cushion

Childish might be a great way to describe the Tesla whoopie cushion mode, but we still think it’s funny. You can select from seven options of, well, whoopie cushion ‘noise’, and designate what corner of the car will play the noise. It’s the car feature of every little boys’ dreams. With whoopie cushion mode on, your turn signals will also make noises when they are initiated.

Rainbow Road

Pressing the stalk towards you four times when in autopilot mode will initiate the Rainbow Road mode. In this mode, the road displayed on the dash will turn into a rainbow and the car will start playing cowbells, like from the song Don’t Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult.

Christmas Mode

Inputting Model Xmas or Holiday into the top display box on the infotainment unlocks my all-time favorite feature any car has ever produced: Christmas Mode. Once the mode is initiated, simply step out of the car and ensure all of the doors are closed, and then wait for the show to begin. Your Teslaheadlights will begin flashing and the car will begin to change its various lights and open the car doors in a little dance. It’s totally unnecessary but still the coolest feature ever.