AMG Mercedes vs Holden vs Formula 1 Car

It’s that time again, time to illustrate just how much faster a Formula 1 car is than everything else. Typically they start with a normal everyday car, throw in an exciting road car and then let slip the dogs of war in the form of a F1 car. Today we start with the exciting road car, a 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG. That is 557 horsepower of turbocharged V8 good. On any other day it would be the star of the show. Unfortunately it is rather out gunned by something called a Holden Commodore. Never heard of it? Worry not, it’s from Australia home to all manner of deadly animals and a little series called the V8 Supercars.

Think of it as classy NASCAR. The cars drive on road circuits, no ovals but the car concept is the same. Take a production sedan, then build a race car to look like it, cram in a monster V8 and call it a day. In this case the Holden (Aussie GM by the way) is producing 600 horsepower, it is a full on screaming monster. Yet, it pales in comparison to the Formula 1 car, a Renault powered Red Bull. Every single piece of the F1 car is automotive excellence  turned up to about a trillion. Wailing v8, crazy advanced aero and it all weighs about the same as a house fly. So sit back and enjoy!

Written by Chad Kennedy

Chad burst from the womb wearing a racing suit and a helmet. Chad's passion for cars is in his very DNA. His father was a gear head and passed on the tradition through owning such classics as a '66 Mustang and a '59 Corvette all while taking him to various race tracks in the area. Chad likes to wrench on his rides whenever possible, forgoing the stealership. Chad is an avid motorsports fan with particular interest in endurance/sports car racing. When not online writing for Shifting Lanes, you can find him working at the local golf course teaching people how to swing or hooning a golf cart at impossible speeds.


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