Nurburgring lap records are top of mind recently. Last week, Lamborghini released a video that showed the new 640-horsepower Huracan Performante running a 6:52 lap at the famed German track. That's a new world record for production cars, surpassing the previous benchmark set by the Porsche 918 Spyder by a full five seconds.
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But Christian von Koenigsegg, mad-scientist founder of the Swedish hypercar company that bears his name, thinks his One:1 could rip the new Lamborghini record to shreds.
You'll recall that the 1340-horsepower One:1 lost control and slid off the track during Nurburgring testing in July of 2016, crashing through a track barrier and ending any hopes of Koenigsegg setting a lap time. It was later discovered that an ABS failure played a role in the crash.
at this week's Geneva Motor Show, Christian von Koenigsegg indicated that, had it not been for the crash, the One:1 might have set a record back in 2016 that the Lamborghini had no shot of overthrowing.
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"When we were doing the One:1 practice runs, we were already under seven minutes," von Koenigsegg said. "And that was a leisurely run. Everyone who drove the car said, 'if we really push and hang our balls out, this is a 6:40 car. Then we had the stupid ABS failure, and we never got to prove it."
Bold claims, to be sure. And it doesn't stop there. "The practice laps weren't even done on full power," von Koenigsegg . "We limited the car to 900 horsepower, which is 460 short. But that's only worth three to four seconds on the lap."
A sub-seven-minute run around the 'Ring sure doesn't sound "leisurely," but at the time, the folks at Koenigsegg insisted they weren't out to set an outright lap record.
While von Koenigsegg he has some suspicions regarding Lamborghini's 'Ring lap claims—"how can it be so fast on the lap when it's so slow on the straight," he asks, "and where's the tire noise?"—he indicates some lingering interest in bringing the One:1 back for another crack at a Nurburgring lap time. "We still have the ambition," he said. "Time is passing now. The One:1 [that crashed at the Nurburgring last year] belonged to a very good friend of mine and we're now repairing it for him. So I'd have to ask him!"