News is starting to circulate in the online motoring media about the custodians of the Nurburgring placing a temporary ban on companies conducting timed laps as part of their vehicle testing/proving programs.
The ban is a response to the dangers the track serve at full-on attack, and the accidents that can follow.
We at Koenigsegg sympathize with these concerns and we understand the obligations that Nurburgring management have to ensure that the track is safe for both drivers and spectators. We share the same responsibility towards our test driver and every one of our customers. Nobody wants another accident, injury, let alone a fatality.
While we understand the situation and can agree with track management that utmost safety is paramount, we are also frustrated by this decision. We understand, as does everybody in the industry, that high performance motoring comes with certain risks. We all do our best to manage those risks. Despite everyone’s best efforts, however, bad things can still happen and sometimes they extract a terrible price. Our collective options are to continue to improve the way we mitigate risk, or walk away. And walking away is not an option for an industry that has improved again and again through innovation that invariably involves risk.
Everything we do at Koenigsegg is aimed at one unwavering promise – producing the best high performance motor vehicles in the world. We do it well. We don’t have a long history, but we have a rich history and the One:1 is our most recent high achievement.
We are a small company dedicated to innovation, to building with cutting edge technology so that we can deliver on our promise with every car we make. We do not have the extensive resources that other performance carmakers enjoy. And yet we keep raising the bar, year after year, through ingenuity, passion and commitment.
The Koenigsegg One:1 is the culmination of everything we’ve learned and everything we’ve done until now. It’s also our launchpad for the future. The Agera RS and the Regera will both, in their own ways, benefit from the breakthroughs we have made with the One:1 program.
Our cars are the best advertising we do. We know how good the Koenigsegg One:1 is but as a commercial company looking to sell cars in the future, we have to prove how good it is to our customers.
We are committed to proving the credentials of the Koenigsegg One:1 as a complete car with handling and aerodynamics that are every bit as impressive as its power. We have done what we can to prove to car’s credentials at tracks around the world but the one place we really want to test this car, above all others, is at the Nurburgring.
We put the following graphic on the Koenigsegg website in March 2015.
The Nurburgring remains as the single most challenging venue available for manufacturers of performance cars to put their vehicles to the ultimate test. No other road offers the same comprehensive test of both speed and handling. It is the benchmark of the automotive world and it has been for decades, which is why we want to test the Koenigsegg One:1 there.
So while we understand the responsibilities of the Nurburgring track management, we must remain committed to testing the Koenigsegg One:1 at the track to show what it is capable of. We want it. Our customers and fans want it and we believe that history itself wants this chapter to be written.
Media reports indicate that the current decision may be a temporary one, possibly until the end of 2015. We will do whatever we can to keep the lines of communication open with Nurburgring track management to make sure we don’t miss an opportunity to show the world what we have created and what it is capable of.
We hope to only need about 7 minutes of their time and we will do our best to not use all of it.