Koenigsegg Test Driver Beats Murcielago Around Nurburgring In A Miata


If you think you’d be any better, why not try racing this guy?

If you happen to be in a bar when one of those Dos Equis “Most Interesting Man Alive” commercials comes on and hear a chuckle from the lone patron sipping whiskey in the back, chances are it’s coming from a man like Robert Serwanski. Compared to Mr. Equis, Serwanski can lay claim to having a pretty interesting life himself, specifically in the world of motorsports. His resume states that his current job is with Koenigsegg. His position?

None other than test driver for these expensive four-figure horsepower beasts. He’s in charge of ensuring those precious seven-figure sums of cash net the buyer a religious experience rather than a four-wheeled heathen, but to beat the heathen out of those supercharged V8s, he must know, love, and be a heathen himself.

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If any proof was needed that Serwanski possesses that characteristic, then maybe a reference to his recent Nurburgring lap in a Mazda MX-5 can be of use. By today’s standards, his time of 7:49.74 minutes is unimpressive compared to true track warriors like the Lamborghini Huracan Performante. Comparing a 2.0-liter Miata to Lamborghini’s hottest street-legal track car might be a bit of a stretch until you contrast that lap time to other cars like the Lamborghini Murcielago, Ford GT, or the BMW M4, because this tiny 2,425-pound car has them all beat. Despite all the track hardware, this MX-5 only has 30 extra horsepower over the stock Miata, making his feat all the more impressive.