Koenigsegg One: 1 Sets New VMax Record at 240 MPH

Watch a Koenigsegg rip a hole in space and time

The Koenigsegg One: 1 is what you would call, a brute. Its twin-turbocharged V-8 powertrain develops a staggering 1,360 hp and combined with its 3,000-pound curb weight (1,360 kg), it obtains a perfect 1:1 power-to-weight ratio, thus giving the car its name. This makes the Koenigsegg One: 1 not just fast, but absurdly fast. As a result, the car has a habit of breaking and setting records.

The One: 1 already holds the production car record around Spa-Francorchamps and the production car record for 0 to 300 kph back to 0, taking just 17.95 seconds. The company has also returned to the Nurburgring Nordschliefe to shake down the car after that track's speed limits were lifted. These limits were introduced to the infamous Green Hell race circuit after a racecar was sent flying into spectators last year. Until it runs the 12.9 mile track, the company has a new trophy to tout, the fastest car at VMax 200.

The VMax 200 event is a runway drag that supercar and hypercar owners try to see how fast they can go in their respective cars. The previous record was 229 mph, and on the day the Koenigsegg showed up, the team broke that record three times—first with a pass of 230 mph, then 235 mph with a passenger, and finally 240 mph in the hands of pro racing driver Oliver Webb.

What's more impressive is the lack of drama for such a momentous achievement. We mere mortals associate 240 mph with the same reverence as we associate completing the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs. Or in non-nerdy words, something that only Chuck Yeager would find boring and slow. Watch the full run below. This car is a serious bit of kit.

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