When it comes to building cars, miniscule Swedish automaker Koenigegg has undeniably lost every ounce of rational thought. Koenigsegg’s creations are not only works of carbon fiber art, but also engineering masterpieces with engines that more closely resemble a Saturn V rocket than a traditional drivetrain. This power-mad attitude is no more pervasive than in the company’s One:1 “megacar,” a roadgoing artillery shell packing just over over 1,300 horsepower. The One:1 weighs just 1,300 kilograms, giving it both a 1 to 1 power to weight ratio and its unique name.
The car has already become a monumental sales success, with every single example of the hypercar already sold; even Koenigsegg’s test car found its way to a new home. The car’s performance capabilities are second-to-none, cementing it as one of the fastest accelerating and braking cars on the planet. Despite a slew of track records to its name already, there has been one performance metric the company has never been able to test, one that greatly matters to all supercar and hyper builders and consumers; a flying lap of the infamous Nurburgring Nordschliefe.
Last year, just before Koenigsegg was prepared to defy the laws of physics and likely smash the Nurburgring’s lap record, the track enacted speed restrictions in certain sections after a horrific crash that killed one spectator. In that instant, all hopes for the Koenigsegg demolishing the record flew out the window. Thankfully though, after repaving part of the track and increasing the amount of safety barriers earlier this year, the Nurburgring lifted the speed restrictions and opened the track up to manufacturers once again.
The company has staked out the Green Hell for the last few months, testing different setups to absolutely ensure that the One:1 beats the track record. Things didn’t exactly go as planned, however, as earlier this week, Koenigsegg’s Nurburgring adventure came to an abrupt halt when the company’s test driver lost control of the test car and stuffed it into a wall.
According to an official release from Koenigsegg, “A Koenigsegg One:1 was involved in a crash during testing on Monday. The driver was taken to hospital as per standard procedures in such situations and was released the same afternoon. Koenigsegg has been 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.”
When asked whether or not the One:1 would be rebuilt, Steven Wade, Koenigsegg’s press relations manager stated that it would live again. This is likely a given, considering the One:1 costs around $3 million and only seven in existance. Once the driver has been cleared, and the car rebuilt, we can’t wait to see if Koenigsegg can smash the current lap time of 6:56 set by a Radical SR8.