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Koenigsegg One:1 at Suzuka (VIDEO)

Koenigsegg One:1
Koenigsegg One:1

The insane Koenigsegg One:1 supercar has set a new lap record at Japan’s Suzuka race track despite less than ideal conditions.

The Koenigsegg One:1 could be the most insane street-legal track-focused monster the world has ever seen. In fact the company says its 1360hp monster is not a supercar, not even a hyper car, it’s actually a mega car because its motor dishes out an astonishing 1000kW – which is the equivalent of 1 megawatt of power. And all of that power is channeled through to the road by just the rear wheels.

The performance claims are ludicrous. Koenigsegg doesn’t even bother with a 0-62mph time, instead it just offers a 0-248mph (400km/h) figure which is approximately twenty seconds. Remember the original Bugatti Veyron ‘only’ did 407km/h, and it took minutes to reach that speed. The Koenigsegg One:1 hits 400km/h quicker than it takes a Porsche 918 to reach 300km/h.

The crazy thing is, the Koenigsegg One:1 isn’t actually all about straight-line performance. It’s about lap times, and as such it has an ultra high-tech active aerodynamic setup that delivers a maximum of 830kg of down force. It’s lightweight too, tipping the scales at just 1360kg giving it a power to weight ratio of one horsepower for every kilogram of weight.

Naturally, on track this thing is phenomenally fast. So fast in fact that it accidentally broke the lap record at Suzuka last weekend. While displaying the car’s extraordinary speed to a Japanese audience at an exhibition, test driver Robert Serwanski who had never driven at Suzuka before set a fastest lap of 2:17.57, around a second quicker than a Nissan GT-R that previously held the record.

The car was no where near its limits and the driver only did a total of twenty laps. And the One:1 was actually running with worn brake discs and standard fuel instead of the E85 which allows the engine to produce the full 1360hp. With more time it could have gone a lot faster.

Still, the video below shows a few wild laps around Suzuka in the Koenigsegg One:1 supercar.

Written by Lewis Shaw

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