Koenigsegg Wants To Annihilate Nurbürgring Lap Times
Many automakers have facilities at the infamous Nurbürgring Nordschleife in Germany. However, not all of them have the cojones to actually say they are going to go for the track's outrageous fastest lap time. Koenigsegg is one of those select few carmakers that has the nerve to say it is going to break a record. Usually, with some outlandish Swedish flare. We’ve been fascinated by Koenigsegg ever since the company popped up a decade ago. Most thought the little supercar factory would shut its doors within a year. But all those naysayers didn’t count on the mad genius that is Christian von Koenigsegg. His company is flourishing. Never the ones to rest on laurels, like many other supercar makers, Koenigsegg is gearing up to conquer what Jackie Stewart once called, the Green Hell. RELATED: See more photos of the Agera R here
This year, we saw the Porsche 918 run a 6:57 lap, and McLaren claim the P1 ran under 7 minutes at the Nurbürgring. Both were huge accomplishments, but it was an even bigger milestone for the advancement of production road cars. In the past, only race cars could dip below the 7-minute mark. Now you are able to buy at least two road legal cars that can beat the tracks hundred or so turns. That could soon be three.
A few months ago, Koenigsegg took the velvet cover off its newest creation, the One:1. The name stands for the car's power to weight ratio: 1,341 horsepower matching the car's 1341kg weight. Those numbers make for an impressive set of claims by Koenigsegg, and one that they aim to prove in 2015 at the Nordschleife.
Koenigsegg’s plans are to first bring the standard Agera R and beat the record, then bring the One:1 and obliterate the record. But let’s break it down for a second to see if they even have a chance. (Hint: they do.)
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Compared to the 918, LaFerrari, and P1, the fastest cars in the world right now, the Koenigsegg outguns each of their respective horsepower figures. Therefore, it definitely has the power. The Koenigsegg is also lighter than even the featherweight of the group, the P1. On paper then, the One:1 has all the stats to break into the 6-minute mark just like the rest of them.
Speaking with Car and Driver, von Koenigsegg said that “when we look at the sector times, we’re already on course for a record.” Although the company will most likely beat the record, von Koenigsegg also stated that, “I hate the need to do it, but this is one of the ways you prove yourself in this part of the market.”
Koenigsegg hasn’t stated exactly what its target is for the record, but a time in the 6:30’s is a realistic target. That would make the One:1 over 20 seconds faster than the 918, and it would annihilate the jokingly “street legal” Radical SR8 LM’s time as well.
We’re all hedging our bets on that Koenigsegg will beat the time fairly easily, but what do you all think? Does it take something other than just the fastest car ever on paper to beat the legendary Green Hell?
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