The car mags love to do side by side comparisons — Mustang versus Camaro, Bolt versus Model 3, Trabant versus Borgward Isabella. Those stories often wax eloquent about the goodness of each. Then at the end, the testers get to vote which car they would prefer if they were paying for it out of their own pocket. What would happen in a head to head comparison between the second generation Tesla Roadster and the mighty Mercedes Project One, we wondered? Which is the better car? Which one would we spend our own money on, assuming we had any?
The Mercedes Project One is as close as you can get to a street legal Formula One car. Like the Mercedes F1 car, it has a 1.6 liter V-6 engine coupled to an electric motor. It also has a version of the paddle controlled transmission built by Xtrac for the race car. Car and Driver estimates the engine in road trim will put out about 520 horsepower. According to Car and Driver, the electric motor, which doubles as a generator during deceleration, adds another 161 horsepower to the mix.