Koenigsegg at the Nürburgring

Koenigsegg Returns to the Nürburgring

Last year, Koenigsegg announced they would be tackling the Nürburgring lap record with the One:1, a model that has a one to one ratio of horsepower to kilogram, making it the most powerful production car in the world at the time. But those plans were scrapped.

Now Koenigsegg is making a return trip to Nürburgring in the near future. But it won't be to set any records. In a blog piece, the company hopes to "get out ahead of the car spotters" by letting them know that they will be at the track, but not going for any records.

What's the back story to this?

As we mentioned, Koenigsegg was going to try and set a new lap record at Nürburgring. This attempt was going to be filmed for the documentary APEX: The Story of the Hypercar where the One:1 was the key focus.

However, the Nürburgring banned manufacturer lap records by putting temporary speed limits in place on certain sections. This was in response to an accident during a race of the VLN Endurance Championship at the track that sadly killed a spectator. Because of this, the Swedish exotic automaker pulled the plug on the attempt.

Why aren't they going to the record now?

As Koenigsegg notes in their post, tackling the Nürburgring lap record is not an easy task. A driver who is tasked with this must know every little detail of the car and track to do this. They need to start gaining this knowledge once again. Also, Koenigsegg's factory driver, Robert Serwanski will likely not do the attempt. This means the automaker must look for another driver who has the knowledge about the track.

Will happen anytime soon?

We'll directly quote Koenigsegg here,

"Will we gun for a record this year? Maybe. It depends on many, sometimes mundane, factors such as track access/availability, driver availability, the weather and other commitments that may pose a conflict in terms of timing."

Pic Credit: Koenigsegg

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