Tesla Roadster Vs. Formula 1

With an example of the Tesla Roadster floating through space, the new version two of the model is predicted to have similar out-of-this-world performance. Not only will it offer acceleration levels that are almost impossible to imagine, but it will also have a range that is superior to almost all current internal combustion-powered cars.

The promised mark two versions of the Tesla Roadster is predicted to have a Formula One beating 0-60 mph of 1.9 seconds. Tesla has also promised a 0–100 mph acceleration time of 4.2 seconds, a quarter-mile sprint time of 8.8 seconds, a top speed of 25 mph, and a range of 620 Miles (1,000km)

If all of this comes to pass, it will redefine the hypercar concept, which will now be super fast and produce no harmful emissions. The driver can also sit back and let the car autonomously drive to the destination.

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Which Is Better, Tesla Roadster Or A Formula 1 Car

This article provides a real-world comparison between the yet-to-be-sold Tesla Roadster and a Formula 1 Car.

Tesla has announced that the second-generation Tesla Roadster is to be put into manufacture in 2023, and subject to this happening, it will become the fastest road car available globally, and based on the predictions made by Elon Musk, it will have comparable performance figures to a 2022 Formula One Car.

When comparing the two completely different vehicles, it is fun to compare only the headline figures and then arrive at a simplistic idea of which is the better of the two vehicles.

Some of the comparative figures have been difficult to source because the Tesla Roadster has not been released to customers yet.

Which Has The More Powerful Engine?

For comparison purposes, the 2022 Mercedes W13 car has been chosen because, based on its 2022 performance, it represents the average Formula One car, not the fastest or slowest.

The power units installed in each of these vehicles are as follows.

Tesla Roadster

The engine specifications of the Tesla Roadster have been translated from the typical power measurements quoted for electric motors to help provide a like-for-like comparison.

  • The Tesla Roadster will use three electric motors, one for each rear wheel and one for the front two wheels.
  • The engine will develop the equivalent of  670 horsepower and 7,375 lb-ft of torque.

2022 F1 Mercedes W13 Model

The Mercedes W13 specifications are.

The car is powered by three “engines,” as follows.

  • Six-cylinder 1.6 liters Internal Combustion Engine (ICE)
  • Motor Generator Unit – Kinetic (MGU-K)
  • Motor Generator Unit – Heat (MGU-H)

The estimated horsepower produced by the three engines is

  • Internal Combustion Engine – 650 hp
  • MGU-K – 161 hp
  • MGU-H – 121 hp

The total from all three units is estimated at 950 hp.

The 2022 Formula One regulations require that Formula One cars cannot weigh less than 1,760lbs (798kgs). Therefore, the cars have a power-to-weight ratio of 0.54 to one lb.

What Is The Performance Difference?

The performance of each car is detailed below.

Second Generation Tesla Roadster

The Tesla Roadster is an electrically powered, all-wheel-drive,4-passenger, 2-door coupe.

The Tesla Roadster performance specifications are detailed in the table below.

0 – 60 mph acceleration time1.9 seconds
0 – 100 mph acceleration time4.2 seconds
0 – 186 mph acceleration time8.8 seconds
Top Speed250 mph (400 km/h)
Max revolutionsNot Applicable
Combined/City/Highway gas consumptionNil

The 2022 Mercedes W13

The W13 is a rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive, single-seat, open-cockpit, open-wheel formula racing car.

The W13 performance specifications are detailed in the table below.

0 – 60 mph acceleration time2.6 seconds
0 – 100 mph acceleration time4.0 seconds
0 – 186 mph acceleration time8.4 seconds
Top Speed200 mph (320 km/h)
Max revolutions15,000
Racing gas consumption6 mpg

How Does The Handling Compare?

The table below provides this comparison.

Second Generation Tesla RoadsterFormula One Car
Emergency Stopping distance100km/H – 0 In 45m100km/H – 0 In 15m
Cornering G-Force1.30 G6–6.5 G
Moose TestNot released for testing yetNever Tried But Would Pass
GearboxOne forward gear and One Reverse,Eight Speed Forward, One Reverse Unit
Front SuspensionDouble WishboneCarbon Fiber Wishbone And Pushrod-Activated Torsion Springs And Rockers
Rear Suspension  Multi-LinkCarbon Fiber Wishbone And Pull Rod-Activated Inboard Springs & Dampers
Tires19 Inch18 Inch
Brake System  4-Wheel DiscCarbone Industries Carbon /Carbon Discs And Pads With Rear Brake-By-Wire
Adjust brake balance in the cockpitNoYes
Ability to change engine modeNoYes
SteeringPower-Assisted Rack and PinionPower-Assisted Rack And Pinion

How Does The Safety Of Each Car Type Compare?

The safety systems on each car are shown below.

 Second Generation Tesla RoadsterFormula One Car
HALO crash protectionStandard Roll over protection in carYes
Safety Cell ProtectionYesYes
Immediate Medical AssistanceNoWithin seconds – fully qualified emergency doctors standby with specialist extractions teams.
Pretensioned seat beltsYesFully tensioned pit crew at the start of the race, the driver has no free movement.
Brake AssistYesNo
Anti-Lock Brakes4-Wheel DiscNo
Traction ControlImmediate on each wheelNo
Night Vision CameraYesNo
Semi-Autonomous driving systemYesNo
blind-spot monitoringYesNo
Rear Cross-TrafficYesNo
Automated Emergency BrakingYesNo
AirbagsYesNo, but the driver is dressed in a fire-resistant suit, full-face helmet, HANS neck protection device, and fire-resistant gloves and shoes.
Blind-Spot MonitorYesNo
Forward-Collision WarningYesNo
Pedestrian DetectionYesNot needed
Automatic High-BeamsYesNo lights

How Comfortable Is Each Car?

The two-car types have very different comfort requirements.

 Second Generation Tesla RoadsterFormula One Car
Number of occupantsFourOne
SeatsFour seatsMolded specifically to the driver’s body
EntryThrough two doorsTakes contortion as driver lowers himself in from above
RoominessComfortable space for all four occupantsNot a spare inch
Protected From the elementsCompletelyDriver exposed to element but does wear racing overalls and a full-face helmet.
Air-conditioning and heatingTwo-zone air-conditioningNo, and the driver experiences high heat and potential heat stroke if not enough liquids are absorbed.
Cup HoldersFourThe drink is pumped through a tube directly to the driver’s mouth and activated by a button on the steering wheel. .
Touchscreen controlsa large touchscreen will extend from the top of the dash to the center console,Formula One car has a fully integrated steering wheel with all controls immediately at hand.
In-car entertainmentAM radio or SiriusXM, Wi-Fi hotspot, Spotify integration, and Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube access. The engine is almost silentFull radio contact with race engineer who talks throughout the race. The engine sound is epic.
Luggage Capacity61.4 Cubic FeetZero


Summary Of Tesla Roadster And Formula 2022 Mercedes W13

To make the comparison of the two cars easier, the following summarizes each of the relevant metrics.

Second Generation Tesla Roadster2022 Mercedes W13
Max Horsepower670 hp950 hp
Max Torque7,375 lbs-ft260 lb-ft at maybe 16,000 rpm
0 – 60 Mph Acceleration Time1.9 seconds2.6 Seconds
0 – 100 Mph Acceleration Time4.2 seconds4.0 Seconds
0 – 186 Mph Acceleration Time8.8 seconds8.4 Seconds
Top Speed250 mph (400 km/h)200 Mph (320 Km/H)
Max RevolutionsNot Applicable15,000
Racing Gas ConsumptionNil6 Mpg
Braking Distance100km/H – 0 In 45m100km/H – 0 In 15m
Cornering G-Force1.30 G6–6.5 G
Range620 miles (1,000km)190 miles (305km)

Which Is The Easier Car To Work On?

If you are looking for a true comparison, another consideration is how easy or difficult the different car types are to work on.

Second Generation Tesla Roadster

Tesla has a policy that only the company or its authorized outlets are permitted to work on Tesla cars.

While the engine is much simpler than a conventional internal combustion unit, there is significant complexity with the battery, which is installed in the underfloor area of the car.

The general rule is that if a battery becomes damaged or stops performing optimally, it must be replaced at a considerable cost.

The suspension and braking are conventional systems and can be fixed outside of Tesla (however, this may invalidate the warranty.

Formula One Car

Formula One cars are very complex.

During a typical racing week, they are

  • Transported 1,000s of miles to the next racing circuit
  • Assembled for two days in the middle of the week.
  • Depending on the format, they could run a sprint race on Friday.
  • Qualify on Saturday.
  • Race on Sunday afternoon.
  • By the end of Sunday evening, the engineers will have taken the car apart and packed it for transport to another continent where the sequence of events is repeated.

In a race, teams change four tires in 2.5 – 3,0 seconds.

Similarly, the race teams can remove and replace a front nose unit in under ten seconds.

If there is a major accident before the race and the car is substantially damaged, some teams have been known to completely rebuild it, replace the engine and bring the aerodynamics back to spec before the next day.

This repair would take weeks, if not months, to fix any TESLA with a similar level of damage.

Of course, it helps that there are more the 20 qualified engineers ready and in practice, with specialist equipment and a complete supply of spare parts to achieve these little miracles.

Some teams have taken the first twelve races to understand how to influence aerodynamics and reduce the problem.

How Useable Is Each Car?

Each of the cars is designed for a specific use. While the Tesla Roadster mark two has a wider range of capabilities, the Formula One car is a laser-focused, one-dimensional tool built to win Formula One races and nothing else.  

Second Generation Tesla Roadster

The Tesla Roadster is designed to carry four people comfortably at high speeds and acceleration levels. All of this will happen in serene quietness with no intrusive noise.

The occupants will enjoy a completely digital entertainment system and can watch on-demand video channels while on the move.

The Tesla semi-autonomous driving system, which may have finally been released as fully autonomous by the time the Roadster is released, means that the driver will have the choice of controlling the car or sitting back and watching the movie. 

All of this will be achieved in a car with a faster 0-60mph time and a higher top speed than a 2022 Formula One car. The other performance data gives Tesla comparable acceleration to the 2022 Formula One car.

With the state of the planet and global warming, once the Tesla Roadster has been manufactured, the ecological cost will be significantly less than a formula one car.

The Formula One Car

Formula One cars can only be driven on specially prepared F1 racing tracks.

They must be transported to the track, assembled on-site, and a full support team is needed to ready the car, strap the driver in, and even start it.

How Much Does Each Car Cost?

All the cars featured in this comparison cost an absurdly large amount of money; however, the Formula One Car has no rivals.

  • Second Generation Tesla Roadster – $200,000 (predicted starting price)
  • 2022 Mercedes W13 – $70,000,000 (based on an annual budget cap of $140 million per team)    

It means that the cost for each unit of horsepower is

  • Second Generation Tesla Roadster – $290.00
  • 2022 Mercedes W13 – $73,684.00

To say that the Formula One car is at a different economic level is an understatement!


If Tesla pulls off their predicted performance levels with the Tesla Roadster, they will be able to advertise that it is the fastest road-going car in the world and is also faster than a Formula One car.

During a circuit, the formula one driver must brake harshly from maximum speed, turn through a series of corners, and accelerate out of them while sometimes running inches away from a competitor. While it may challenge a Formula One car in terms of outright speed and acceleration, what the Tesla Roadster won’t be able to do is run against a Formula One car on the full circuit.