Back in late 2014, Koenigsegg issued a warning to the auto industry at large, and Porsche in particular: Kiss your Nurburgring records goodbye. The Swedish hypercar maker intended to take the 1,340-hp One:1 to the famous German track and shatter the 6:57 lap record set by the Porsche 918.
The record attempt never happened. A horrific crash in March of 2015 killed a Nurburgring spectator, leading 'Ring authorities to implement much-needed safety improvements and impose speed limits on certain segments of the track. For a year, the competition among top-tier automakers for the fastest Nurburgring lap was postponed.
Now, the speed limit has been lifted, and Koenigsegg says it's preparing to bring the One:1 to the Green Hell. Just not in an attempt to set a lap record.
At least, that's on the automaker's blog. "We maintain our desire to show what our cars can do on the ultimate automotive proving ground," Wade writes. "We won't be doing a lap record in the immediate term, but we will be there and because people will see us there and expect all sorts of things, we thought we'd get out ahead of the car-spotters and tell you what we're up to."
"While we foresee this taking several months, those months comprise only one or two days at the track each month," the blog says. "We will not be testing on public days when the track is full of 'public' drivers. We will be testing on private days that we can gain access to."
And while Koenigsegg's factory driver Robert Serwanski has plenty of experience with the One:1—he's driven it to a world record 0-300km/h-0 time, and definitively hauled it around Suzuka Circuit—he won't be the driver on duty when Koenigsegg hits the 'Ring for a totally-not-record-breaking lap. "Intimate knowledge of the track takes a long, long time to build and we are aiming to secure a driver with maximum experience at this most demanding of tracks," Koenigsegg's Wade writes.
We should point out that Serwanski is no slouch getting around the Nurburgring in a Miata, but the Green Hell's 70- corners probably come at you a lot quicker when you're peddling 1350 horsepower. We can understand why Koenigsegg wants a 'Ring specialist at the wheel.
Does all of this sound like a lot of effort to put into a not-record-setting lap? Yeah, we got that impression too. By the end of Wade's blog post, he left a nice escape hatch for Koenigsegg in the event that the team actually does set a lap record:
"Will we gun for a record this year? Maybe. It depends on many, sometimes mundane, factors such as track access/availability, driver availability, the weather and other commitments that may pose a conflict in terms of timing."
Wade reminds us that the road to Nurburgring glory is a long one, and it's not over 'til it's over. Stay tuned.