Koenigsegg Automotive AB can confirm reports online that a Koenigsegg One:1 was involved in a crash during testing as part of Industry Pool at the Nurburgring on Monday, 18 July. The driver was taken to hospital as per standard procedures in such situations and was released the same afternoon.

Koenigsegg has participated in Industry Pool testing for a week in each of the last two months, working primarily on vehicle setups both for ongoing vehicle development and for an attempt at a Nurburgring lap record at some time in the future.

A Koenigsegg is an extreme performance car and must be tested accordingly. This is an inherently dangerous undertaking that must be conducted progressively and methodically, working point by point on all areas of our highly adjustable vehicles. Our primary concern is always driver safety and any testing is structured and conducted accordingly.

This incident is confirmation of just how difficult it is to drive at this level on the world’s ultimate proving ground. Obviously we are dismayed with this development but pleased that our safety systems worked as designed to protect our driver.

53 comments

  1. Comment by Sandro Surabischwili

    Sandro Surabischwili July 18, 2016 at 19:30

    An unfortunate occurrence but great to see the safety systems and design keeping the driver safe even at these incredible levels of performance. As an industrial designer, I absolutely love this company, their amazing ingenuity and the superb craftsmanship, performance and design of their cars. Hope to drive on someday!

  2. Comment by Ragnar

    Ragnar July 18, 2016 at 19:30

    will it be rebuilt?

    • Comment by Steven Wade

      Steven Wade July 18, 2016 at 19:31

      Absolutely. Yes.

      • Comment by John Silver

        John Silver July 19, 2016 at 08:00

        When you are trying to set records you must do as Pagani and use racing slicks.
        Road tires are not sticky enough.

        • Comment by Jason Dermer

          Jason Dermer July 19, 2016 at 13:00

          Slicks for testing ultimate potential. Of course. But if you are testing the parameters of production specs, and eventually going for a production vehicle record, slicks are a no go.

          • Comment by John Silver

            John Silver July 22, 2016 at 09:41

            I was referring to how Pagani set the Top Gear record.
            Google is your friend.

        • Comment by Chad

          Chad July 19, 2016 at 13:00

          Don’t think they were going for records at this time, it was just testing and tuning.

        • Comment by Ivan Monev

          Ivan Monev July 19, 2016 at 20:03

          Yes, but if they’re on for the record, the car should be wearing stock tires by rules.

          • Comment by John Silver

            John Silver July 22, 2016 at 09:59

            If the others breaks the rules, what’s the point with rules?

    • Comment by Dewk

      Dewk July 19, 2016 at 14:39

      This car should be kept like it is and put on display. Got to be a record of some kind. 3 million dollar car.

  3. Comment by Michael Heegaard

    Michael Heegaard July 18, 2016 at 19:37

    Sweedish safety!
    I hope all occupants are well and with good spirit.
    Sometimes you learn stuff in a way you don’t wish for.
    The art is to turn it in to something usefull.

    Keeps your heads up and be proud of what looks like a walk away incedent.

  4. Comment by Socrates

    Socrates July 18, 2016 at 19:39

    Well being able to protect and save the driver at such a situation is an achievement. Any information on how did the accident occur?

    • Comment by Hans G Eriksson

      Hans G Eriksson July 19, 2016 at 19:29

      Going more than 200 m with the wheels locked before crashing induce that the speed when loosing control was closer to 400 km/tim than 350. Could have been high speed shake syndrome and panic behavior from driver

      • Comment by Hans G Eriksson

        Hans G Eriksson July 19, 2016 at 20:15

        I have got confirmation from a chassis guru that the driver did not panic – he or she did the best in the situation prohibiting the car from spinning. If that had happened we would maybe have seen another “Kenny B crash”

    • Comment by Hans G Eriksson

      Hans G Eriksson July 19, 2016 at 19:33

      To rise insurance money – again ??

  5. Comment by Dennis

    Dennis July 18, 2016 at 19:39

    Much respect to Koenigsegg, that you talk like this about the incident. Other companies would have tried to hide it from the public.

    • Comment by Noah

      Noah July 18, 2016 at 20:20

      I completely agree. If this was any other car company the incident would probably never seen the light of day.

      • Comment by Michael Heegaard

        Michael Heegaard July 19, 2016 at 22:17

        On the Nürburgring.
        You can’t hide from the public.

    • Comment by Allan Gunn

      Allan Gunn July 19, 2016 at 05:39

      Absolutely says a lot that thus haven’t denied it tried to hide it

  6. Comment by Heidi Youtsey

    Heidi Youtsey July 18, 2016 at 19:45

    So glad it will be rebuilt – awesome dream car for me.

  7. Comment by Aneesh Kotru

    Aneesh Kotru July 18, 2016 at 19:50

    Oh it is definitely heart breaking to see such a beautiful piece of engineering in this state. It is the toughest track to master and with such a vehicle, even harder. Learn and improve I guess!
    Are there any tours held of the Koenigsegg factory? Would love to visit there someday if there are 🙂

    • Comment by Elias

      Elias July 18, 2016 at 20:32

      They do tours, but not during summer. Tours are back on in September I think.

  8. Comment by Kyle

    Kyle July 18, 2016 at 19:52

    What a scary situation, both for the car and driver! I did notice in the comments that it will be rebuilt, which is just awesome and reflects how much you all care about your cars, but it is still devastating to hear that my favorite car was wrecked! In the long run though, I assume it will be restored back to its original glory, like restoring a classic muscle car. Keep us updated on when the car comes back 🙂

  9. Comment by GoHardOrGoHard

    GoHardOrGoHard July 18, 2016 at 19:59

    Who was the driver? Robert Serwanski or … ?

  10. Comment by richard bakelaar

    richard bakelaar July 18, 2016 at 20:01

    Koenigsegg.
    Safety like a tank, keeping drivers safe, but doing so with absolutely gorgeous fast masterpieces.

  11. Comment by HAN KLEMS

    HAN KLEMS July 18, 2016 at 20:17

    Hello Steve,

    thx for your info! I saw the pic’s on the internet, hopefully you can determine if it was a driver’s error or a car failure. Hope, the driver will fully recover soon and good luck restoring this awesome piece of speed-art in motion!

  12. Comment by Andreas

    Andreas July 18, 2016 at 20:19

    Det är bara resultatet som räknas!

  13. Comment by Andy J

    Andy J July 18, 2016 at 20:22

    Sad news, although such is the way of automobile testing at such a high level, pushing the envelope so far must have some consequences I suppose. I’m extremely glad that the driver is OK and that the safety systems of the car helped this fact. I have to admit, my heart sank a little when I saw the photos of the car earlier, a beautiful piece of engineering and passion severely bumped and bruised.
    Anyway, I suppose we mush look forward to the future and hope to see the One:1 back at the Ring at some point in the future to nudge the 918 off the top spot.

    Good luck Koenigsegg, although I don’t think you’ll need it!

  14. Comment by Jarno

    Jarno July 18, 2016 at 20:23

    So sad to hear, but I’m glad to hear that the driver is ok. This was/is by far my favourite Koenigsegg, and it’s very, very sad to see it on the pictures, torn apart and damaged.

  15. Comment by Juan Pablo Figueroa

    Juan Pablo Figueroa July 18, 2016 at 20:32

    Hi Steve, does the car hast ABS system?

  16. Comment by TJ

    TJ July 18, 2016 at 20:35

    Hey guys.

    Tough financial loss for you, but the flesh and bones are evidently in good order which is a testament to the basic chassis integrity & effective safety systems.

    The very best of luck with the record. This is ‘Chuck Yeager’ stuff, full credit due.

    TJ

  17. Comment by Rytis

    Rytis July 18, 2016 at 20:37

    That’s sad. I am sure it will be the king of the Nurburgring

  18. Comment by valentin pocachard

    valentin pocachard July 18, 2016 at 21:05

    i hope the car will be repair / rebuild :/

  19. Comment by TPS

    TPS July 18, 2016 at 21:14

    Fantastic to hear that the driver is oki doki! I suppose that i have 2 drive this car with my own “Kegg” to break the Porsche 918 ws record around the nbr track 😉 Long live the “Kegg”!

  20. Comment by Helmut Plasounig

    Helmut Plasounig July 18, 2016 at 21:30

    I am so glad no one got harmed badly, but the swedish cars were always the safest ones, for example back in the 90s or 80s I guess, the swedish rally cars, made by Volvo were so safe, that they would not need a rollover cage, it was just build in, because of the rules. Nevertheless I am looking forward to buy a Koenigsegg myself, one day.
    Greetings from Austria

  21. Comment by Ode S.

    Ode S. July 18, 2016 at 21:31

    Were they trying a lap record or was it still just testing the car on the track?

  22. Comment by Alberto Solera

    Alberto Solera July 18, 2016 at 22:05

    Did the carbon wheels fail?

    • Comment by Michael B

      Michael B July 20, 2016 at 23:01

      No. It was ABS failure

  23. Comment by Ali Mahfooz

    Ali Mahfooz July 18, 2016 at 22:12

    Wow! Absolutely gutted by the tragedy. But what matters is that the driver walked away alive and is well. The same cannot be said for the car. 🙁

  24. Comment by Kris Singh

    Kris Singh July 18, 2016 at 22:43

    It is amazing to see how well the monocoque held up. I am sorry to see such a beautiful machine be down for a while but I know it will come back even better! The safety of the occupants is always the most important aspect of a super car and this unfortunate accident has proven the quality of the design and construction.

  25. Comment by Cesar

    Cesar July 18, 2016 at 23:36

    First of all I am happy the driver is ok (just show how strong the carbon fiber chassis is). Second, I am glad to hear the car will be rebuild (probably it can be part of a new series like the one you are doing of Build128). The only downside of course is the time Koenigsegg will need to rebuild the car (if you consider that an Agera needs 6 months (or more) to leave the factory you can bet it will take the same amount of time (probable more) for this one.

  26. Comment by Jake

    Jake July 19, 2016 at 03:15

    I was like “Nooo! A seventh of the One:1 population has been wiped out!” And then I’m like “Oh good, it will be fixed. Phew.”

    The car’s safety design worked great. Just be happy that what the car looks like is not what the driver looks like.

  27. Comment by Costas Caramoussas

    Costas Caramoussas July 19, 2016 at 06:50

    It is by far very honest fact that such a hyper car provides safety in such a demanding track.
    That kind of a company koenisegg is and I’m glad of it.We saw many other cars in that level after a crash with katastrofic results.Cars that build them only to be in car shows only.
    Keep up the good work guys….
    Greetings from Greece…

  28. Comment by Tyxiq Muhammad

    Tyxiq Muhammad July 19, 2016 at 07:20

    Hello steve. I am a big fan of koenigsegg and your cars. They are beautiful,powerful,and extremely capable.it is unfortunate that the car crashed but it is good that the driver wasn’t hurt.it shows that Koenigsegg knows what they are doing when it comes to driver safety. The one 1 is one of my favorite cars made by your company and it is heartbreaking to see it destroyed. But thankfully you have confirmed that it will be rebuilt as said In the comments.hopefully u may continue testing the car and possibly breaking the record set by the 918 which I am confident it will based on its mechanical grip and power. Love your company and bring the Regera to America so it can. Whip the other cars asses😀.

  29. Comment by vignesh

    vignesh July 19, 2016 at 09:21

    will u test again in nurbugring??….coz i am very eager to see how much one:1 can do in that straight road…but really sad to see my all time favourite car has crashed and nice to see how safety one 1 is….i don’t think any other powerful cars can withstand powerful crashes like koenigsegg…..

  30. Comment by David

    David July 19, 2016 at 10:24

    Glad nobody got seriously hurt! Hope Koenigsegg will turn this into a good thing at the end! Wish you good luck!

  31. Comment by aidin

    aidin July 19, 2016 at 14:57

    so sad!the best way to forgot this accident is don’t giving up and set the record by one:1 !

  32. Comment by V

    V July 19, 2016 at 15:10

    Does this suck? Big time. But unfortunately it is part of the job, and everyone knows that it can (and does) happen. Fortunately no one was seriously hurt and hopefully you’ll take the lessons from this and get back to the Nürburgring asap.

  33. Comment by StheSign

    StheSign July 19, 2016 at 16:33

    How do one find the limits, in an attempt to set new standards, without challenging them, going for it? Flat out.

    Stolt Svensk.

    “Hellre lyss till den sträng som brast, än att aldrig spänna en båge” 🙂

  34. Comment by David Seniva

    David Seniva July 19, 2016 at 18:26

    Much credit to the “Egg” here, saw the car and I must say it looks much better in the picture than I expected to. The damage from photos appears to be mainly cosmetic, if true amazing. Read that this One:1 will be rebuilt, which I am thrilled to hear. May many blessings and better fortune come soon, hope your new lap record happens soon and lasts long.

  35. Comment by Nick

    Nick July 19, 2016 at 21:44

    Will you try again or is this the end of your ring endevours for this year ?

  36. Comment by Markos

    Markos July 20, 2016 at 09:55

    Hoping to see even just part of the onboad video and vmax… for comparative analysis up to such sector you may allow.

    Faith in your team, you car, and your dream, Christian!

    Thank you for keeping us excited!

  37. Comment by TJ Martin

    TJ Martin July 20, 2016 at 17:57

    There’s an old axiom in racing that applies just as well to the testing of any Super/Hypercar .. especially on a course like the ‘ Ring ‘

    ” If you’re not crashing you’re not pushing it hard enough ”

    The only logical conclusion therefore about this mishap being … Koengisegg is definitely pushing it hard enough .. which in the long run will only serve to benefit the customer . And thank the ” Small Metal God’s ” that the driver walked away all but unscathed … which also says much about the build quality and safety of Koenigsegg’s creations .

    Drive On – Rock On – Remain Calm [ despite the mishaps ] and do please Carry On
    TJ Martin

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