Crash Testing a Koenigsegg is Expensive, So The Company Has a Novel Solution
Every automaker that builds road-going cars has to comply with the same safety standards in every market their vehicles are sold in. That means that even small companies like Koenigsegg must meet the same standards as mass-production companies like Chevrolet, Ford, Mercedes, and the like. Well, for these massive companies, crashing 10 $30,000 dollar cars isn’t a big deal – it’s relatively cheap in the grand scheme of things, and it doesn’t hurt inventory numbers in any way, shape or form. Most companies even allocate a certain number of vehicles to crash testing. For Koenigsegg, though, the company only builds a handful of cars and the process is nowhere near as simple as it is for Chevy to build a Cruze of Mercedes to build an A-Class – everything is custom, everything is expensive, and crash testing even one model could be a very expensive, even disrupting ordeal to the company. But, the solution is really a simple one – Koenigsegg crash tests the same car over and over again.
Amazing Video – Crash Testing A Koenigsegg Regera
When it comes to the very tippity top of the supercar and hypercar pyramid, it’s easy to forget that, at the end of the day, these incredible machines are still cars. You know, like real physical objects that exist in the world, as opposed to, say, time machines or inter-dimensional spaceships or hopes and dreams. And, as actual physical objects, these cars sometimes run into things, and because they have ludicrously powerful engines, they sometimes run into things really friggin’ fast. The point, if you’ve stuck with me this far, dear reader, is that supercars and hypercars need to be crash tested, and as a result, we get awesome videos like this.
Watching a $2 million, carbon-fiber-everything bedroom poster get smashed and bashed in a battery of tests is entertaining, no doubt about it, with the poor coupe getting the raw end of the deal from just about every single angle. Hell, the testers even took a giant sledge hammer to it, swinging for the fences on the bumper and under carriage. They also slammed the scissor doors a few times and ran over a curb at speed.
All told, it looks like Mr. von Koenigsegg and crew did a fantastic job, as the Regera appeared to take it all in stride. As a reminder, the Regera comes equipped with rear-/mid-engine twin-turbo 5.0-liter V-8 pumped up by no less than three electric motors. Peak output is rated 1,797 horsepower and 1,475 pound-feet of torque, all of which is sent to the rear axle by way of a high-tech fixed-gear transmission. The sprint to 60 mph takes 2.7 seconds, with the top speed electronically limited at 255 mph.
Koenigsegg CCX Totaled in Mexico
When it comes to supercars, we know that they’re not only incredibly fast, but also very exclusive and hugely expensive. The latter "feat" is responsible for most of us not being able to afford one, but a high sticker doesn’t necessarily mean that each supercar ends up in the hands of a responsible owner. It’s no longer big news that supercars get smashed due to excessive speed, and we’ve seen plenty of rare vehicles being trashed beyond recognition recently. After seeing a Huracan break in half and burst into flamed in Chicago last month, now we got word of a Koenigsegg CCX being destroyed in Mexico.
Granted, the CCX is already ten years old as a nameplate and it might not be as spectacular as the newer Agera, but it’s definitely a rare breed. What’s more, most of them, including the one crashed in Mexico, are unique, meaning that once they’re gone, you won’t find another one like it. The bad news is that the CCX that was totaled following the high-speed crash was also built to custom specification and judging by the photos, it seems unlikely to be rebuilt.
The supercar hit a curb and rolled multiple times before coming to a halt, but what remained behind looks nothing like a CCX except for the seats and part of the engine hood. The front end and the roof were completely destroyed, while the wheels and most suspension components were ripped apart from the car. Unfortunately, such crashes also come with casualties, and this CCX had two. Both occupants have been transferred to a nearby hospital, and even though there’s no word on their condition, it’s a miracle that they survived the impact.
Hopefully both the driver and passenger will recover after the crash, which can be said about the CCX, one of only 49 such vehicles ever built.
This Is What Caused The Koenigsegg One:1 To Crash At The Nürburgring
A few days ago, the automotive world was shook to its core when aKoenigsegg One:1 crashed at the Nürburgring. The accident not only caused a lot of people to faint, or come close to it like I did, but more importantly, it opened up a lot of questions on what exactly caused the One:1 to careen straight into a barrier. Well, the One:1 was immediately sent back to Koenigsegg headquarters where company engineers immediately did an examination of both the damaged car and its on-board telemetry. Apparently, the culprit behind the crash is the left front ABS wheel sensor.
We theorized as much when we saw the skid marks left by the One:1 as it went off the track. Those marks indicated that something went wrong with the ABS, and after careful examination, Koenigsegg not only confirmed our suspicions, it also dove into the details of what exactly happened in the moments leading up to, during, and after the crash.
According to the automaker, the supercar had a front axle brake lock-up while it was going at a speed of 106 mph on a section of the track known as Fuchsröhre. The lock-up caused the driver to lose control of the car, resulting in the One:1 hitting the fence at Adenauer Forst at a speed of about 68 mph. The impact sent the One:1 flying to the air for an estimated 22 meters while turning 180 degrees. It eventually landed on its left rear wheel and pivoted to land parallel with the fence that it just hit. All of the car’s safety systems, including the airbags and the fuel shut-off, deployed as they were supposed to do.
The straight skid marks left by the front tires before the car hit the fence came as a result of the ABS system’s backup feature working to specification. This feature, according to Koenigsegg, allows the rear wheels to continue spinning in the event of an ABS malfunction that results in the front wheel locking up. This was put in place to prevent the car from rotating. When the One:1’s ABS system malfunctioned and the front wheels locked up, the rear wheels kept turning, helping create the skid marks that were left by the front tires.
As bad as the crash was, there is a silver lining to all of this misery. First and most important is that the driver of the car didn’t suffer any serious injuries. Second is that the One:1, despite looking like a mangled heap, can still be rebuilt. The carbon monocoque chassis, doors, and removable roof are all intact and properly functioning. Apart from a small fire that ignited when the carbon fiber rear panels and the exhaust made contact upon landing, the car suffered no fuel, oil, and hydraulic fuel leaks.
As expected, Koenigsegg plans to rebuild the car and will continue performing testing at the Nürburgring. There will be some delays given the unexpected developments, but once the car has been rebuilt, it will return to the scene of the crash to continue its test runs. Koenigsegg didn’t give out an exact date on when the One:1 will be rebuilt, but in true company fashion, it left the door slightly ajar for a possible return to the track within this year.
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What Happened To The Koenigsegg One:1 When It Crashed In The Nurburgring?
The Nürburgring has hosted plenty of crashes in its long history, but none have arguably been as expensive as the crash that occurred yesterday when a Koenigsegg One:1 crashed into a barrier, turning the $3.1 million megacar into a crumpled mess.
According to Motor Authority’s eyewitness, the crash occurred at the Adenauer Forst section of the Nürburgring on Monday afternoon. Apparently, the driver of the One:1 came into the section with more speed than he intended, causing him to slam the brakes of the car. The One:1 eventually slid off the track before crashing through a barrier and into an embankment.
Koenigsegg has since come out with a statement, confirming that a One:1 was involved in a crash during testing at the ‘Ring and that the driver was taken to a hospital but was released the same afternoon. The automaker didn’t dive into the details of what caused the crash, but looking at the scene of the accident revealed a bit of information on what may have caused the One:1 to careen into the barrier.
The most telling detail are the set of straight tire marks that the One:1 created. Considering that the megacar has anti-lock brake systems, it shouldn’t be leaving long, uninterrupted skids like that when it’s braking. But this one did, which suggests that some kind of mechanical failure may have occurred that prompted the wheels to lock. That or the driver simply braked too hard too late and the ABS failed as a result.
It’s also worth noting that the way the barriers bent and the One:1 going over it suggested that the car may have gone airborne for a few seconds, possibly as a result of it bouncing on the grass before crashing into the barrier. The end result is far from a pretty picture. It’s unknown if the car is completely totalled, but the rear section of the megacar is a complete mess. Bits and pieces are hanging off, the rear axle appears to be broken, the rear end is even facing upwards with most of its parts affected in some way. The front section isn’t any better. The whole bumper is gone, the wheels have been damaged, and like the rear end, a number of components are hanging from underneath the car.
It’s unclear how this crash will affect Koenigsegg’s planned attempt at the Nürburgring lap record, which ironically enough was one of the reasons why the One:1 was in the ‘Ring in the first place. In addition to working on ongoing vehicle development, the One:1 was participating in Industry Pool testing because it was preparing for its run at the track’s lap record.
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A 26-year-old man in China crashed a Koenigsegg Agera R in what local Chinese media is reporting as a drunk-driving episode. The crash happened just after midnight on Sunday, November 29, 2015 in the Yubei District of Chongqing.
According to the People’s Daily Online, the driver was in an inebriated state when he lost control of the hypercar, sending the $4.1 million machine straight into a metal railing where it crashed head-on, destroying a big chunk of the front end of the car. CCTV footage near the site of the crash also showed the Agera R violently spinning after the initial impact, ripping open the rear clamshell in the process before sliding backwards into the center of the road in a heap.
Fortunately, the driver came out of the crash in good shape, but was reportedly held by Chinese police after the crash. There’s no word yet on whether the driver will face criminal charges, or whether he owned the Agera R he crashed in the first place. Separate reports have indicated that the actual owner of the Agera R is quite the exotic car connoisseur, having amassed a collection that also includes all three hybrid hypercars: the Porsche 918 Spyder, Ferrari LaFerrari, and McLaren P1.
In another lucky break, the damage sustained by the Agera R doesn’t appear to be a death knell for the car. It can still be repaired, although the cost for doing so will likely make it one of the most expensive repairs for any one car in history. After all, only six Agera Rs exist in the world and if repairs are to be made on this one, the entire car is likely going to have to shipped all the way back to Koenigsegg’s headquarters in Sweden.
There are times when something so extraordinary happens that all we can do is sit back, take a deep breath, and shake our heads. This is one of those times.
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Supercar companies spend a lot of time testing their vehicles, and with so much time and effort being put into testing, accidents are bound to happen. Some involve minor mishaps that are taken care of immediately, while other take a little more time to fix. However, there are accidents that nobody wants to happen and usually these are the types that end with somebody getting hurt.
Unfortunately, that’s what happened to Koenigsegg during a recent test run at the Nurburgring. The Swedish supercar manufacturer spent a few days on the ‘Ring with the One:1 and an Agera R-based prototype. Our spy photographers reported that the testing was going smoothly until the Agera R prototype got involved in a major accident, violently crashing into the barriers at the track.
Photos of the crash’s aftermath show the mule suffering some damage to the front and rear sections but more importantly, both the driver and the passenger were also hurt with the former sadly receiving the brunt of the crash. The speed photos we got were apparently taken a little over a minute before the unfortunate accident.
Hopefully, the driver and the passenger of the Agera R recover from their injuries sooner than later. Nobody wants to see something like this happen, especially on what is supposed to a controlled test session.
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We’ll start off by noting that if you ever find yourself with the opportunity to drive a supercar, like the Koenigsegg CCR, make sure you respect its power and ease yourself into it. Driving like a complete maniac the second you get behind the wheel is a recipe for disaster, as a group of spectators at Gran Turismo Polonia found out the hard way.
Apparently, a Norwegian driver found himself behind the wheel of a Koenigsegg CCR tried to impress the 60,000’s event spectators a little bit too much.
The details that are currently available allege that the driver switched off the
CCR’s traction control, which was his first mistake. It is evident by from the video that the CCR was too much for the driver to handle, let alone without traction control on, as he lost control of the car just circling to the starting line.
Well, despite the close call at the beginning, the driver chose to continue his asshat-style driving and launched from the starting line at full tilt on the slippery track without traction control. Then, just a few hundred feet later, the inevitable occurred, as he lost control of the CCR and plowed into bystanders, injuring 19 people in the process. Four of the bystanders suffered pretty serious injuries too.
We hope everyone recovers fully and that this driver learned a valuable lesson in the process.
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The Koenigsegg CCX is one of the rarest automobiles in the world. The Swedish super car maker only produces 25 examples of their mid engine V8 powered 800+ HP speed machines per year, and of all the CCX’s that are created, an even more limited amount of 10 Koenigseggs make it stateside. So if you have ever seen one in person, you can consider yourself to be a very fortunate individual, and if you have ever had the chance to get behind the wheel then you ought to know just how lucky you are to have driven a million dollar super car.
However luck had nothing to do with the NY based dealer who managed to do a little front end damage to this particular blue 2008 CCX. The worst part is that the now partially destroyed super car already had an owner, and when you do any kind of damage to a seven figure vehicle, you can only imagine just how much this little mess up will cost to fix. Not to mention that while destroying the dreams of their client and losing a customer in the process, the dealer who got a little too close to the guardrail also managed to damage a 2009 Porsche 911 GT2 in the process.
Thanks to Antoine Dominic for the photo.