By now, we’ve all read about the massive Koenigsegg One:1 crash at the famed Nürburgring in Germany. To err is to be human, and we are all relieved to find that the Koenigsegg test driver involved in the incident walked away from the wreckage.
Koenigsegg’s One:1 is famed for its 1PS to 1kg power-to-weight ratio, and only seven examples have ever been built. Is it fast? Heck, yeah. There’s a mighty 5.0-litre twin-turbo V8 that makes a phenomenal 1,361PS/1,371Nm and takes only 2.8 seconds to hit 100km/h from standstill – about the time it takes you to pull your zipper down, then back up.
According to eye-witnesses, the One:1 was hurtling through the Fuchsröhre section towards Adenauer Forst at too high speeds, causing the driver to lose control and sending the car crashing through a barrier before finally stopping in a grass ditch. Just looking at the damage sustained by the One:1, we were surprised to read that the driver walked out unscathed; proof of just how safe Koenigseggs actually are.
Edit: Upon further examination of footage, the crash could likely be attributed to brake failure, and not due to human error. Looking closely at the straight-line tyre marks caused by the One:1 right before the crash area seems to indicate that the driver could not effectively slow down the car before making the bend. Check out the first few seconds of the footage in the below video:
Koenigsegg Automotive AB have already released a statement on their website, shared below:
“Koenigsegg Automotive AB can confirm reports online that a Koenigsegg One:1 was involved in a crash during testing as part of Industry Pool at the Nurburgring on Monday, 18 July. The driver was taken to hospital as per standard procedures in such situations and was released the same afternoon.
Koenigsegg has participated in Industry Pool testing for a week in each of the last two months, working primarily on vehicle setups both for ongoing vehicle development and for an attempt at a Nurburgring lap record at some time in the future.
A Koenigsegg is an extreme performance car and must be tested accordingly. This is an inherently dangerous undertaking that must be conducted progressively and methodically, working point by point on all areas of our highly adjustable vehicles. Our primary concern is always driver safety and any testing is structured and conducted accordingly.
This incident is confirmation of just how difficult it is to drive at this level on the world’s ultimate proving ground. Obviously we are dismayed with this development but pleased that our safety systems worked as designed to protect our driver.”
Some good news – Koenigsegg have confirmed that this particular One:1 can and will be rebuilt. And if we were betting men, we would put our money down on the Swedish marque heading back to the Green Hell for another shot at the ‘Ring.
When we first saw images of the crash, we noticed the bare carbon and gold livery and instantly thought of the Agera S in Malaysia. Yes, in case you did not already know, Malaysia has two Koenigseggs: one CCX-R and another Agera S that is on display at Naza Swedish Motors. Have a look, and see if you see the similarities: