Koenigsegg one:1 catat rekor tercepat 0

Everything is going fine until we reach 150 mph. And then, very suddenly, it’s not.

Just sitting in the passenger seat of the Koenigsegg One:1 (we explain the silly name later) as it attacks a wet runway is, in terms of spiked adrenaline, somewhere between a solo sky dive sầu & being chased by a bull while running in red pants. But as the man from the factory demonstrates, even in the sodden conditions we’ve found waiting for us in Sweden, the world’s faskiểm tra car can still be easily controlled. Or so it seemed.

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It’s been raining all day, và the One:1 is struggling lớn put its monstrous power onkhổng lồ the sliông chồng surface of the former airbase that serves as Koenigsegg’s demo traông chồng. The engine is bellowing và the oto squirming và sliding as the twin-turbocharged V-8 comes on boost. Even with the stability control switched on & working overtime, it’s struggling to find grip. Running on regular pump gasoline means around 1161 horsepower; 1341 horses and 1011 pound-feet come when it’s fueled with E85. But either way, that’s vastly more twist than the rear Michelins can deliver lớn the soaked tarmac. Glancing across at the instrument display, I can see that the wheels only stop trying to lớn spin as we pass 125 mph, when serious aerodynamic downforce starts khổng lồ push the car inlớn the traông xã.


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For a couple of heartbeats, we experience the full, brutal acceleration of a oto that makes a steam catapult look underpowered.

And then, with a jarring suddenness, the oto snaps sideways, và, although the runway is still arriving at an undiminished rate, it’s now coming at the passenger window. A look across the cockpit confirms that this isn’t part of the show; our driver’s face makes it clear that we’re having an unscripted moment in a $2.8 million hypercar. He briefly holds the slide, and then there’s the sensation of momentum shifting, the pendulum swinging baông xã. There isn’t enough opposite loông chồng in the world to catch this one, và sideways becomes backwards toward the edge of the runway.

There’s time aplenty to frame a couple of thoughts. First, and most pressingly, I wonder what will happen if we finish upside down in a oto with scissor-hinged doors. Second, và more incongruously, I observe that the grounds-keeping standards have sầu really slipped since the Swedish air force vacated this place 12 years ago. As the edge of the runway approaches, it seems to lớn be made up more of stuff than space: bush, gap, tree, gap, bush, gap, & so on, rushing past lượt thích the repeating background in a Hanna-Barbera cartoon.

We’re lucky. We leave sầu the runway through one of the gaps, threading a line between two substantial bushes 50 yards apart at such an angle that we almost hit both. The oto comes khổng lồ rest after another half-rotation, right side up và having encountered nothing harder than scythed grass as it spins lớn a stop. The cabin is filled with exhaled breath, swearwords in two languages, và nervous laughter. And now it’s my turn lớn drive sầu.


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Bottom right: The only reason the oto didn"t fly off this wet runway is because of the staggering aerodynamic downforce keeping it planted.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that the Koenigsegg One:1 was designed as an online meme as much as an actual hyperoto. Within scant seconds of Koenigsegg releasing the details of this even faster, even more hard-core version of the existing Agera R, it was vying with Kim Kardashian’s backside khổng lồ break the internet.

Let’s start with the name, which is meant khổng lồ be pronounced as a ratio, as in “one-to-one,” rather than “one-one.” It refers khổng lồ both the car’s metric power output of one megawatt (or 1341 horsepower, when running on that E85 alcohol-gasoline blend) và its perfectly balanced power-to-metric-weight ratio. As in, 1.0 kilogram khổng lồ 1.0 PS (or Pferdestarke, which equals 0.986 horsepower). Did we mention that geeks built this car? Its other claimed numbers read lượt thích a fanboy fantasy, too. It’ll go from a dead stop khổng lồ 250 mph in trăng tròn seconds, reach a 273-mph top speed, và generate 1345 pounds of downforce at 160 mph.

Yet it’s real. Koenigsegg has made it, & we’ve been invited lớn the factory in Ängelholm in southern Sweden to drive sầu it. In the little jewelry box that is its market, Koenigsegg has become a major player. Only seven One:1s will be made, with four going to Asia, two lớn Europe, and one lớn the U.S.


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However, should they opt lớn visit, the hypercar-buying elite won’t exactly be overwhelmed by Koenigsegg’s factory. The low-rise offices and the pair of former aircraft hangars painted turf green offer exactly none of the drama of standing before Ferrari’s famous gate. No evidence of the company’s products is parked outside, and with just 115 cars built over the past 12 years, this is hardly a big-inventory type of operation. Yet Koenigsegg does more under its own roof than almost any other automaker. All the engineering and design is based here; every carbon-fiber part is molded và baked on-site, including components like seat frames & wheels; and the cars are painted và trimmed here. The engines are also built and dyno-tested here. Everything is done by hvà, and everything seems to lớn take eons. Assembling the body toàn thân shell from 400 separate pieces takes 600 hours. Just painting a car takes between 800 and 1200 hours, depending on the finish.

Eventually I meet the One:1, sitting apart from the main production area with its rear clamshell propped up & its scissor-hinged doors open. There isn’t any heavenly music, but it does become impossible lớn concentrate on anything else. Like the company’s other models, the Won-to-won is not classically beautiful. But it does look devastatingly effective, covered as it is in aerodynamic winglets & vanes and with that vast rear wing, lượt thích a blinged-up LMP1 racer.

I’m gawping so hard that it takes longer than it should to lớn realize we’ve sầu been joined by Christian von Koenigsegg himself. The company’s stout, bald founder always looks as if he’s just a Trắng cat away from being a Bond villain, but he’s affability itself in person. He talks me through the GPS-adaptive sầu suspension & its ability khổng lồ adjust damping corner by corner on selected racetracks, & regrets that the prototype I’ll be driving (& it is the prototype) doesn’t have the active sầu noise-cancellation system the company has designed for the production models. Then, almost as an afterthought, he mentions his & the company’s plans khổng lồ smash the production-car record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife this year. He figures that both the Agera R & the One:1 will be able to lớn comfortably beat the Porsđậy 918’s lap of 6 minutes and 57 seconds. “When we look at the sector times, we’re already on course for a record,” he says.


All that seems a far-off dream as we’re parked in the dank grass next khổng lồ a waterlogged runway. We’ve had a near miss while being driven by an expert in a straight line. The One:1 may not have earned itself a reputation as a widowmaker yet, but it feels as if today could be the day.

The good news is that the car is blameless. Nothing broke, snapped, or deflated. Walking baông xã to where the spin began reveals more than an inch of water pooled in the center of the traông chồng. Even the One:1’s massive sầu downforce couldn’t have sầu stopped it from aquaplaning on its four rolling pins of rubber. So if we drive carefully, we should be fine.

Strapping into lớn the One:1 is an event. The seat squeezes you tightly enough to lớn constitute a sexual-harassment violation, and a six-point harness clamps you in place lượt thích you’re about to lớn take the green at Le Mans. The tryên is minimal but very expensive, with carbon everywhere và no parts-bin switchgear to betray the rifling of a Ford Focus for its plastic bits. The central TFT speedometer reads khổng lồ a no-bull 450 km/h (280 mph), and to lớn the bottom left of the instrument panel there’s a small power gauge lớn show what horsepower the engine is producing. It reads to lớn 1200.


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The One:1"s narrow b& of curved glass makes sitting in the oto feel like wearing an enormous carbon-fiber helmet. With pinstripes.
Sadly, that’s one jackpot I’ll not be hitting this afternoon. The One:1 is well mannered during a gentle sighting run, the engine loud but tractable at low revs, surging as the turbochargers spin up. The 5.1-liter V-8 produces 738 pound-feet of torque from just 3000 rpm, và the traction control is cutting in with barely a couple of inches of throttle applied. I try a full-throttle standing start, which brings a Götterdämmerung of sound and fury as engine và tires engage in open warfare. But the power meter doesn’t go over the 600 mark, và the wheels are still trying lớn spin at 100 mph. Acceleration feels immense; the frustration is knowing how much beyond immense it would be were it not soaking wet out.

We give sầu up on the traông xã & head baông xã to the factory, taking a scenic tour of some of the local roads. Considering it’s the black-hearted, turned-up-to-11 spinoff of what’s already a track-focused hellion, the One:1 giao dịch well with the real world. It rides smoothly despite its rubber-bushing-miễn phí suspension, & the steering is nicely weighted và extremely accurate but not geared too quickly. The seven-speed automated manual isn’t the quickest, offering a distinct pause between gears. Gearchanges at high rpm are sharpened by a second clutch, similar lớn the brakes found in planetary automatics and fitted khổng lồ the rear of the đầu vào shaft, which slows the đầu vào speed và eases synchro workload . But it’s easy to lớn drive sầu safely at the sort of pace that almost nothing else could touch, without using all its perform­ance. As we approach the factory, the One:1 demonstrates another of its tricks, the suspension automatically lifting the front over for the tốc độ bumps the GPS knows are coming.

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Before going lớn bed, & having done some retìm kiếm on Wiki, I offer a quiet invocation to Sól, the Norse god of the sun, to lớn give us some dry pavement in the morning.


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My prayer is half-answered. Dawn arrives gray & cloudy, but it’s not actually raining. The runway is damp and greasy, the standing water is gone. The conditions are as good as they’re going to get.

Koenigsegg’s thử nghiệm driver Robert Serwanski (not the man who spun the One:1 earlier) is with me today. He’s a former Mazda MX-5 Cup racer who somehow went from driving one of the world’s slowest race cars to lớn the job of developing the world’s faskiểm tra road car. If things go according lớn plan, he will be the man driving for the Nordschleife record attempt later this year. He takes the One:1 for a what-will-it-vì run, stability control switched off và the oto drifting bachồng & forth down the center of the runway in a neat sine wave sầu as he tries to work some heat inkhổng lồ the tires. He returns khổng lồ report that, although traction is poor, I should be able to get to 200 mph & still have room lớn stop in the slightly-more-than-a-mile distance that Koenigsegg uses for testing.

I don’t hang around lớn wonder whether this is a good idea. From a gentle start, it’s obvious there’s more grip và traction than yesterday. The baông xã over is still wriggling as the torque arrives, but it’s a gentle retiree-dinner-dance shimmy compared with yesterday’s full-on twerking. The throttle delivers far stronger response, and the pedal goes deeper before the traction control intervenes. Serwanski says the stability control works best if you don’t try to lớn second-guess it with your own steering corrections. At full throttle, acceleration be-comes brutal. Forget that superoto staple, the forceful shove in the back; the One:1 attacks you like Jaông chồng Reacher in a bar fight.


Even in fourth gear, the engine is still flaring as the rear wheels đại bại and regain grip. But then, on the slippery surface, something genuinely amazing happens as the aerodynamic downforce pushes harder và the tires connect. Well north of 100 mph, the rate of acceleration actually increases as the tires get a firm purchase on the damp surface. I change up at 8000 rpm & glance, very briefly, at the power meter, which is reading 1000. There are only a few seconds khổng lồ experience the One:1 in full flight; the over of the runway is starting to look very big in the windshield. But it’s enough.

I leave sầu Sweden both elated and frustrated. We experienced a full-throttle run in the One:1, & I have no doubt that it is one of the fasdemo cars ever khổng lồ wear a license plate. And also one of the most exciting. We just wish we’d had a wide, dry racetrachồng và a liberal insurance policy to enjoy it properly. It doesn’t matter what you’ve driven before, the One:1 is going khổng lồ challenge you. This is a car that makes a 40-yard-wide military runway seem lượt thích Ted Kaczynski’s driveway, a car that makes 1000-plus horsepower feel as exciting as that number should. On a feline scale, it would be an angry mountain lion while the McLaren P1 is a house cát that brings in the occasional bird, & the Bugatti Veyron is an overweight old tom snoozing on the veranda, tail under an empty rocking chair.

We’ll be truly surprised if the One:1 doesn’t prove sầu to be the fasdemo production car lớn ever lap the Nordschleife. Hypercar fanboys, bow down before your new god.


Inside The "Egg"s Shell

Engine (FIG.1): Tuned version of the V-8 already fitted to lớn the 1140-hp Agera R. The company says it designed this engine to lớn make 1500 horses & then wound it back khổng lồ improve drivability. Can run on regular gas, E85, or high-octane race fuel. Has variable-geometry turbochargers, ceramic-coated exhaust headers, and a carbon-fiber intake manifold.


Transaxle: Automated-manual transaxle features a secondary hydraulically controlled clutch at the rear of the input shaft to lớn act as a brake during upshifts, helping the synchro cones engage more quickly. Gives a claimed 0.06-second shift time. Features an electronically controlled locking differential. The whole unit weighs just 172 pounds.

Wheels & tires (FIG.2): Carbon-fiber wheels are half the weight of alloys & four times stronger. Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires compounded for this application are sized 265/35ZR-19 at the front and 345/30ZR-trăng tròn at the rear.


Aerodynamics (FIG.3): The rear wing adjusts 31 degrees & is further assisted by adaptive sầu flaps on the underside of the bodywork. Peak downforce—at 273 mph—is 1830 pounds.


Active systems (FIG.4): The One:1 uses GPS khổng lồ adjust the car for each corner on mapped racetracks, tweaking suspension, stability-control, differential, & aero parameters. It defaults khổng lồ safe settings if the GPS signal is lost. Built-in 3G data stream allows systems lớn be updated remotely almost anywhere in the world.


Suspension (FIG.5): Rubber-không lấy phí suspension uses needle bearings instead of bushings & carbon-fiber springs operated through pushrods. Additional “triplex” damper connects both sides of the rear suspension khổng lồ resist squat. Each wheel hub carrier is machined from an aluminum billet.


Weight: Prototype weighs 2998 pounds with all engine fluids & half a tank of fuel (Christian von Koenigsegg proudly showed us a picture of the scales on his phone). Production versions will be about 45 pounds lighter due lớn additional weight-saving measures.


Noise cancellation: The production One:1 will also get Koenigsegg’s active noise-cancellation system, which uses speakers to lớn reduce cabin noise at a constant cruise by up to lớn 20 decibels.

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Brakes: Vast carbon-ceramic rotors are gripped by two-piece calipers, six-piston at the front and four-pot at the rear. “They give better feel than monoblochồng calipers. We don’t know why, but they bởi,” says von Koenigsegg.


VEHICLE TYPE: mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive sầu, 2-passenger, 2-door coupe

BASE PRICE: $2,850,000

ENGINE TYPE: twin-turbocharged & intercooled DOHC 32-valve sầu V-8, aluminum bloông xã và heads, port fuel injection

Displacement: 309 cu in, 5065 ccPower: 1341 hp
6000 rpm

TRANSMISSION: 7-speed automated manual

DIMENSIONS:Wheelbase: 104.8 inLength: 177.2 inWidth: 81.1 in Height: 45.3 inCurb weight: 3100 lb

PERFORMANCE (C/D EST):Zero lớn 60 mph: 2.5 secZero to 100 mph: 4.5 secStanding ¼-mile: 9.0 secTop speed: 273 mph


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