With the ban on lap records lifted at the Nurburgring, is Koenigsegg planning an attempt at the lap record?
The German Motorsport Association (DSMB), the agency overseeing the Nurburgring put in place a ban on attempts of the lap records after a Nissan GT-R race car crashed, claiming a spectator’s life. To further ensure protect the lives of drivers and spectators alike, the Nurburgring management board put speed limits in place on parts of the track, effectively killing manufacturer attempts at lap records.
With the ban on lap records lifted, automakers are going back to setting track records. Koenigsegg is one such manufacturer who seems to be eying an attempt with its One:1 as it has been spotted driving the famed track in recent days.
A Nurburgring track record is indeed a very esteemed claim to hold as the Swedish automaker looks to take the title from record holder Porsche, who set the record with a blistering time of 6 minutes and 57 seconds.
Porsche is not the only automaker to have recorded a sub-seven minute time as Lamborghini with its Aventador SV has a lap time of 6 minutes and 59 seconds. The current Nurburgring record for a Koenigsegg is 7 minutes and 34 seconds with a CCR. However, the Swedish manufacturer expects to take at least a full minute off the records with its much more powerful One:1.
The Koenigsegg One:1 gets its name from its power to weight ration of 1:1 as result of its 5.0 –liter V8 engine that puts out 1,341 miles per hour in a car weighing 1,340 kilograms. This is sufficient to propel the One:1 from 0 to 60 in just 2.5 seconds accelerating all the way to a top speed of 273 miles per hour.
In terms of how it does against the 918, we will just have to wait and see. However, you can expect that we will report it once we hear something.