Koenigsegg One:1 Crashes Trying to Set New Nurburgring Record
Koenigsegg is a Swedish manufacturer that has always tried to build top of the line ...
Koenigsegg is a Swedish manufacturer that has always tried to build top of the line supercars since the company opened its doors. They took it to level when they surpassed supercar, skipped straight over the hypercar and created what they call a megacar. Meet the One:1. With 1 hp for every 1 kilogram of weight, it achieves the ultimate horsepower-to-weight ratio.
Recently, word got out that Koenigsegg was going for a lap record on the ‘Ring. They were determined to slay to slay the Porsche 918’s 6 minute and 57 second time, which is the best set for a production car. This is no small feat, but if any car could do it, the One:1 would be it. With 1,341 horsepower on E85, its twin-turbo 5.0 V8 is up for the task. They claim a 0-60 time of 2.8 second and continuing from there, they say that it can hit 250 in under 20.
Earlier today, the second One:1 produced appears to have wrecked at the Nurburgring in the tricky Adenauer Forst section. Thanks to these photos from GTSpirit, we see the carnage from the wreck. The driver made it out safe, even after a brief fire, but the car didn’t fare so well. For record-breaking times, they equipped it with a rollcage before this attempt. That may have been the difference between life and death for this driver. Do you think they have what it takes to take down Porsche’s hybrid monster?
Here is an official statement from Koenigsegg.
Koenigsegg Automotive AB can confirm reports online that a Koenigsegg One:1 was involved in a crash during testing as part of Industry Pool at the Nurburgring on Monday, 18 July. The driver was taken to hospital as per standard procedures in such situations and was released the same afternoon.Koenigsegg has participated in Industry Pool testing for a week in each of the last two months, working primarily on vehicle setups both for ongoing vehicle development and for an attempt at a Nurburgring lap record at some time in the future.A Koenigsegg is an extreme performance car and must be tested accordingly. This is an inherently dangerous undertaking that must be conducted progressively and methodically, working point by point on all areas of our highly adjustable vehicles. Our primary concern is always driver safety and any testing is structured and conducted accordingly.This incident is confirmation of just how difficult it is to drive at this level on the world’s ultimate proving ground. Obviously we are dismayed with this development but pleased that our safety systems worked as designed to protect our driver.