Koenigsegg One:1 Destroys Vmax200 Speed Record
Three record-setting runs in one day is no sweat for the megacarby Kirby Garlitos, on
The Koenigsegg One:1 doesn’t play by normal automotive rules. That much has been established as the One:1 has set just about every record it has attempted to break. But as awesome as the One:1 is, nobody could’ve expected it to set and break a speed record three times in one day. Turns out, the One:1 did just that, hitting a personal best 240 mph at the Vmax200 to secure the speed record of the prestigious event.
For those who don’t know, the Vmax200 is considered as one of the premiere U.K.-based, top-speed driving events where owners of sports cars, supercars, and hypercars come together at a private runway to showcase what their prized exotics are capable of. In other words, it was an event that perfectly suited the One:1 to showcase its all-conquering capabilities, which is exactly what the megacar did.
With World Endurance Championship driver Oliver Webb behind the wheel, the One:1 immediately set the bar for itself by going 230 mph over the 1.4 mile track at Bruntingthorpe, in the United Kingdom. That broke a three-year old record set by a heavily tuned Porsche 911, which went 229 mph back in 2013. Unfortunately for the One:1, it’s record was broken less than a few minutes later by another tuned Porsche that went 231 mph and when rain hit soon thereafter, it appeared that the One:1 would have to be content with a second-place finish on the record books.
But Webb was undaunted and even a slightly damp strip and a passenger riding shotgun couldn’t stop from going 235 mph, once again giving the One:1 the record. The attempts could’ve stopped there, but the BHP Project, the people that brought the One:1 to this event, wanted one more crack at setting a new record. As expected, the One:1 did not disappoint by going an incredible 240 mph, 11 mph than the record that stood when the event began that day.
It’s hard enough to set one record in one day, but to do it three in a space of a few hours is the stuff of automotive immortals. That’s a status reserved only for the best and there’s no denying that the Koenigsegg One:1 has earned a seat in that table.
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Why it matters
What else is really there to say? Every chance that the Koenigsegg One:1 has in impressing the auto world, it does more than that. It leave a collective of jaws on the floor, the likes of which we haven’t seen since the Bugatti Veyron broke into the scene back in 2005. If the One:1 does end up running a hot lap around the Nürburgring, I don’t think there’s anybody who would bet against the Swedish megacar. I certainly won’t because everything that the megacar has shown us has been beyond belief. I mean, three record-setting speed times in one day?
Sometimes, you just have to tip your hat to Koenigsegg for making a car that might already be the fastest production car in the world. All it has to do is set the record and if past experience tells us anything, it probably won’t break too much of a sweat doing it.
Read our full review on the Koenigsegg One:1 here.