Hacker digs up Tesla P100D evidence - then finds his car downgraded

P100D looks definite - and Elon Musk says he's not to blame for downgrade

It looks like Tesla's got a new car in the works - and it isn't the eagerly awaited Model 3, either. 

An official announcement hasn't come from charismatic company frontman Elon Musk, so why are we so confident in an iminent reveal? Because a hacker found the evidence built into his own Tesla car.

P85D owner Jason Hughes found the logo for an as-yet-unannounced P100D in the car's latest firmware late last week.

Based on Tesla's naming conventions, that would mean the new car would have a massive 100kWh battery pack - up from 85kWh in Hughes' P85D and 90kWh in the current top-end P90D.

Hughes isn’t exactly a stranger to the inner workings of Tesla cars; he previously turned the battery pack from a wrecked model into a storage array for the solar panels fitted to his house.

That's why Tesla fans were quick to decrypt the mysterious tweet he posted just before the weekend.

In case you can't decode hashes (we certainly can't), Hughes posted a follow-up giving the game away - although according to the man himself, it had some repurcussions for his own car.

After the tweet, Hughes found out his car's firmware had been downgraded. Elon Musk denied responsibility, saying it "wasn't done at my request" and that "Good hacking is a gift".

Even so, the man does have priors in getting revenge on his naysayers. He took on the New York Times with data from a loan car over an article, and cancelled a customer's order after they complained about being late to the launch of the Model X SUV.

Hughes has since told Musk there's no hard feelings, and has the brains to manually update his car anyway. 

With the Model 3 reveal seemingly penciled in for the 31st of March, we won't have long to wait for the P100D to become official either.