The Koenigsegg One:1 could have set a record-breaking Nurburgring lap last year beating the Huracan Performante.
Nurburgring lap times are a topical subject in the automotive industry right now. Recently, you may have heard that the Lamborghini Huracan Performante snatched the crown from the Porsche 918 Spyder as the fastest production car to set a lap around the ‘Ring, posting a record-breaking time of 6:52. Well, Christian von Koenigsegg, founder of the Swedish automaker Koenigsegg, has told Top Gear that the 1,340-hp One:1 hypercar could give the Huracan Performante a run for its money at the Green Hell.
Unfortunately, the Koenigsegg One:1 has yet to post a lap time at the Nurburgring. Last year, ABS failure caused the insanely powerful hypercar to lose control and crash into a barrier. Had it completed a lap, however, Christian von Koenigsegg is confident that it would have set a new record and thrashed the Huracan Performante’s time by a huge margin. When we were doing the One:1 practice runs, we were already under seven minutes," von Koenigsegg told Top Gear. "And that was a leisurely run. Everyone who drove the car said, 'if we really push and hang our balls out, this is a 6:40 car’. Then we had the stupid ABS failure, and we never got to prove it."
In another revelation, it turns out that the practice laps weren’t even performed with full power. "We limited the car to 900 horsepower, which is 460 short. But that's only worth three to four seconds on the lap." Question is, will Koenigsegg unleash the One:1 back onto the Green Hell for another attempt and try to snatch the record? “Time is passing now. The One:1 belonged to a very good friend of mine and we’re now repairing it for him.” At any rate, he said the Agera RS or the new Regera could also be candidates, but this may be futile as they aren’t track focused cars. “The One:1 had 600kg of downforce, whereas we have 400kg on the Regera – which is still a lot…but it’s 200kg heavier…”.