Road Tests Real world tests of Model S vs McLaren F1


Model S
4 s
McLaren F1
3.2 s

Top speed

Model S
130 mph
McLaren F1
242 mph


Model S
9.5 s
McLaren F1
6.3 s

1/4 mile

Model S
12.4 s
McLaren F1
11.1 s

Braking distance at 60mph

Model S
113 ft
McLaren F1
127 ft

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Tesla Model S

Reasons to consider the
Tesla Model S

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A lot faster stopping from 60mph 113 ft vs 127 ft More than 10% faster stopping from 60mph
Side view of McLaren F1

Reasons to consider the
McLaren F1

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Faster top speed 242 mph vs 130 mph 112 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Much more expensive sticker price $970k vs $107k More than 9x more expensive harder to own
Faster in the quarter mile 11.1 s vs 12.4 s More than 10% faster at the drag strip
More powerful engine 627 HP @ 7,500 RPM vs 416 HP @ 5,000 RPM More than 50% stronger engine
Faster to 60mph 3.2 s vs 4 s Around 20% faster to 60mph
Significantly lighter curb weight 2,513 lb vs 3,825 lb Around 35% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Model S  vs
McLaren F1 
Brand Tesla McLaren
Price 107,350 970,000
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2010 1992-1998
City mileage 88 MPGe 9 MPG
Highway mileage 90 MPGe 23 MPG

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 9.19 lb/hp 4.01 lb/hp
Maximum hp 416 HP @ 5,000 RPM 627 HP @ 7,500 RPM
Maximum torque 443 ft-lb @ 5,100 RPM 455 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM
Engine placement Front Mid
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion


Air compressor None None

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,825 lb 2,513 lb
Width 77.3 in 75.6 in
Height 56.5 in 44.1 in
Length 196 in 168.8 in
Wheelbase 116.5 in 107.1 in

road tests

Model S  vs
McLaren F1 
Top speed 130 mph 242 mph
1/4 mile 12.4 s 11.1 s
0-60mph 4 s 3.2 s
0-100mph 9.5 s 6.3 s
Distance 113 ft 127 ft
Lateral acceleration 0.89 g 0.86 g


Drivetrain RWD 2WD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 1 6

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Brembo 13.1 in Cross-drilled Ventilated Discs
Rear brakes Disc Brembo 12 in Cross-drilled Ventilated Discs
Tesla Model S
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