The incredible Koenigsegg One:1 hypercar has set a new unofficial road-car lap record at the Suzuka Circuit in Japan, and it did so without even really trying. And, yes, Koenigsegg has released video of the 1,340-horsepower beast roaring around the iconic strip of Japanese tarmac.

Koenigsegg brought the One:1 to Japan to give potential customers demonstration rides around Suzuka. It wasn’t until someone checked the data-logging system that it was realized a new record of 2 minutes, 17.57 seconds had been set, beating out the Nissan GT-R’s time of 2 minutes 18.36 seconds.

Here’s where I point out that the GT-R can be had for 1/24th of the cost of the $2.5 million One:1, but it’s still mighty impressive, especially considering Koenigsegg factory driver Robert Serwanski wasn’t really pushing all that hard and was carrying along a passenger. With a bit more track time and preparation, it probably would have been a lot faster.

Continue reading to find out more about the One:1.

Company founder and CEO Christian von Koenigsegg explained to Top Gear that the car was having some brake issues too, but he was overall very pleased with the accomplishment. "To have potentially beaten this time at our first outing," said Koenigsegg, "while running a standard setup, with little exposure to the track beforehand, with a passenger inside the car during all laps and with brakes that had to be nursed a little throughout the session, was very encouraging indeed."

That’s 1,340 horsepower from its 5.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 moving around just 1340 kg (2,954 pounds).

The Koenigsegg One:1 gets its name from it power-to-weight ratio; That’s 1,340 horsepower from its 5.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 moving around just 1,340 kg (2,954 pounds). Its Le Mans prototype-inspired aerodynamics and low mass means it’s just as fast around corners as it is in a straight line. Try 0-60 in 2.8 seconds, a theoretical top speed of nearly 250 mph and 2.0 g of maximum lateral cornering load.

We know it’s quick, but the real moment of truth comes later this year, when Koenigsegg brings the One:1 to the Nürburgring where it will attempt to break the road-car lap record.

The attempt should happen sometime this summer, and Koenigsegg has previously hinted that a lap in 6 minute 30 second range is possible. That’s just 17 seconds shy of the outright Nürburgring lap record, set by Stefan Bellof in 1983 in a Porsche 956.

Koenigsegg One:1

2015 Koenigsegg One:1 Exterior AutoShow
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The Koenigsegg One:1 is only one of the five things that TopSpeed’s Kirby Garlitos is thankful or today. Check out the full list at TopSpeed.com

Read our full review here.

Source: TopGear

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