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SL63 vs V8 Supercar vs Red Bull F1

Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG takes on Holden V8 Supercar and Red Bull F1 car at the Australian Grand Prix.

It doesn’t take a keen observer to notice the difference between a road car and a purpose-built racing machine. But when it comes to their pace around a world-class racing circuit, just how much of a gap can you expect? To find out, the organizers of the Australian Grand Prix this past weekend set up a little exposition race. They placed a Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG (driven by former MotoGP champ Mick Doohan) alongside a Holden Commodore V8 Supercar (driven by another MotoGP champ, Casey Stoner) and a Red Bull F1 car (driven by David Coulthard) on the grid at Melbourne.

Realized that the SL would be slower than the V8 Supercar, and that the F1 car would be that much faster than both, they gave them staggered starts instead of unleashing all three at the same time and measuring the difference at the end. See how close (or far) the action was in the clip below.

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