Koenigsegg Breaks World Record for Production Cars. On February the 28th 2005, at 12.08 local time, the Koenigsegg CCR broke the production road car speed record, achieving a new official top speed of 242 mph at Italy’s Nardo Prototipo proving ground.
A team of five Koenigsegg engineers and mechanics together with founder Christian von Koenigsegg ran, a technically standard Koenigsegg CCR in order to take the top speed record for productions road cars. The famous supercar test driver, Loris Bicocchi who is a veteran recorder breaker, drove the CCR.
The Koenigsegg CCR raised McLaren’s previously unofficial mark of 231 mph set at Nardo/Prototipo in 1993. On top of this the CCR broke the official McLaren F1 record of 240 mph, which was set on the 6 miles straight line VW Ehra facility in Wolfsburg Germany.
Nardo Prototipo is a circular track with a circumference of 7.76 miles. This means that the car is driven in a constant turning motion, which makes the exercise and speed even more impressive. The steering wheel at this speed is kept at around 30 degrees of constant angel, which equivalates to a sharp corner for the speed.
The constant turning motion of the car creates extra friction on the tires. This extra friction overcomes the extra horsepower that was needed for further acceleration. The maximum speed was reached at around 6790 rpm, which is not equivalent to the maximum hp level, which is at a higher rpm.
With this verification of speed, Christian von Koenigsegg is even more confident that the Koenigsegg CCR is capable of reaching its projected top speed of 245 mph, or more, in a straight line.