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A Koenigsegg One:1 has crashed at the Nurburgring
Driver unharmed after Koenigsegg confirms One:1 sustains damage during testing
Yesterday the internet was buzzing with rumours of a One:1 crash at the Nurburgring, and today Koenigsegg has confirmed that is indeed the case, along with an official statement.
“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.”
It goes on to specify that the One:1 was “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.”
The company confirmed that the damaged One:1 will be rebuilt. In case you’ve forgotten, here’s a reminder of the One:1’s mighty spec: it uses a twin-turbocharged 5.0-litre V8, will go from 0-62mph in 2.8 seconds and top out at a theoretical 273mph. On top of that, it produces up to 600kg of downforce and a cornering force of 2G. Easy to see, then, why Koenigseeg is confident it can set a new production car lap record at the ‘ring. Whether this crash has forced them to reconsider, we’ll have to wait and see.