Koenigsegg Denied Chance At Nürburgring Lap Record


“The philosophy at Koenigsegg is one focused solely on performance.Every single detail of a Koenigsegg car is measured against our continuing goal: to enhance vehicle performance.”

Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche and McLaren all have had a crack at the Nurburgring Lap record but Koenigsegg can’t. According to a J.F. Musial of the /Drive network on his blog earlier yesterday (June. 18, 2015) management at the Nürburgring have put into place stricter speed limitations at certain spots along the 13 mile track meant to safeguard against possible dangers associated with high-speed driving at the ring. All this is mainly in response to a death that occurred during the VLN1 Endurance race earlier this year that saw the Schulz Motorsport GTR popping a wheelie and going airborne into a fenced off spectator area killing.

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In an age which has seen regular supercar makers jump a quantum leap ahead in hybrid technology making some of the most powerful hybrids the world has ever seen, putting a flag as the leader by posting the fastest Nurburgring time is a matter of manufacturer pride more than anything. Where else can you distill the millions of dollars of research and man hours into three numbers (five numbers if you go into hundredths of a second. ) The Porsche 918 did it in 6 minutes and 57 seconds. The Lamborghini Aventador SV put down a blazing 6 minutes and 59 seconds. The LaFerrari hasn’t posted an official time but there FXX blazed to 6 minutes and 35 seconds. And McLaren’s P1 hasn’t revealed an official time, although they say it’s under 7 minutes.Now enter Christian Von Koenigsegg. He’s known quite notoriously around the supercar world for being a bit of a genius when it comes to mechanics (think Elon Musk.) Imagine you’ve waited 21 years for the right moment, and when that moment came, the rug was pulled right from underneath you. Because that’s exactly what’s happened to Koenigsegg. Christian started his own car company in 1994 with one simple mission statement (Which is actually on their website), “To create the perfect Supercar.” Perhaps the Koenigsegg one:1 is his shot at immortality in the supercar world, to set the bar so high that it would take a leap in technology to surpass it.  Let’s hope that car companies are given special exemption. It would be a shame not to give Koenigsegg a shot at all the rest. If you want to read up on what these exact speed limits are, check out Bridge to Gantry’s post here. /

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