We’d like to get out ahead of the car spotters on this one, so here goes:

Koenigsegg will be at the Nürburgring in the near future.

Now, let me explain……

Last year we announced plans to go to the Nürburgring with the Koenigsegg One:1 and attempt a new lap record.

K-Nurburgring

Those plans were cut short when ‘Ring management put temporary speed limits in place on certain sections of the track. Those restrictions have now been lifted.

We maintain our desire to show what our cars can do on the ultimate automotive proving ground. 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.

A Nürburgring record doesn’t just happen. In a piece expressing our disappointment with developments last year, I glibly wroteWe…. only need about 7 minutes of their time and we will do our best to not use all of it.” The truth is it takes a lot more than 7 minutes to achieve a good lap at this track. We were ready to go when that piece was written last year. This year, we’re starting over again and it takes months of planning and preparation.

Addendum: Someone in comments has questioned why we need ‘months’ at the track to prepare the car. While we foresee this taking several months, those months comprise only one or two days at the track each month. 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.

/Addendum

There are two basic essentials for any driver looking to do a campaign like this:

1) an intimate knowledge of the track, and

2) an intimate knowledge of the car.

Building that intimate knowledge is what we’ll be doing at the Nürburgring in the near future.

Our regular factory driver, Robert Serwanski, will be supporting our preparation with plenty of time in the car at the ‘Ring working on vehicle setup. He will most likely not be at the wheel at the time a record is attempted, however. 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.

There is a lot for any prospective driver to learn about the car, too, which is why we’ll be there soon. We’ll be testing updated systems on the car, gaining intelligence on vehicle setup to optimize the car’s performance and providing valuable wheel-time for our driver. As a Koenigsegg is far more powerful than most rear-wheel-drive cars, the driver really has to become accustomed with how to push so much power to the limits, especially on a demanding track like the Nürburgring.

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.

So yes, you may see photos of us at the Nürburgring later this month. Don’t get too excited, however. This is a long road we’re on (pardon the pun) and it ain’t over ’til it’s over.

Still, it’s very exciting to be back!

59 comments

  1. Comment by Jj

    Jj April 13, 2016 at 09:24

    Lost my trust in Koenigsegg. Where following everything. Now nothi

    • Comment by mange

      mange April 13, 2016 at 17:30

      Can see why they want some time at this, needs preparation for race orientated car vs a typical road car i guess. My favorite example of this volvo road vs race: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHgOKsiU1ts. The race has more power, lighter and more downforce, still lose. xD

  2. Comment by Bob Jane

    Bob Jane April 13, 2016 at 10:22

    Koenigsegg, you have become almost as bad as Ferrari. Months of tweaking for a lap. I guess it’s not a production car we’re talking about. Pulling cars from reviews — see Salomondrin’s video.

    • Comment by Steven Wade

      Steven Wade April 13, 2016 at 10:59

      Those months of tweaking you’re referring to add up to just a few days, actually. We will not be there continuously, just a day here and there, when we can get relatively secure access with minimal traffic.

      We make no apologies for preparing the car properly. When you’re asking a driver to put his life at risk for something like this, which is what you do whenever you ask someone to drive fast but especially so at the ‘Ring, the car has to be 100% prepared.

    • Comment by Alex Papadopoulos

      Alex Papadopoulos April 13, 2016 at 11:03

      Actually there are a lot of adjustments that can be made on the production cars, and beyond that they may be using the even cooler real time setup adjustments available on the PRODUCTION One:1 which would take a lot of track time to set up correctly.

      • Comment by Bob Jane

        Bob Jane April 13, 2016 at 11:12

        I don’t know. The One:1 is out of production and delivered to customers. They should be using the Agera RS which is still in production and is more a production car as there are 25 examples and not just 7 cars. This whole thing is very odd and now I have doubts about this brand after hearing of reliability issues and cars being pulled from reviews.

        • Comment by Alex Papadopoulos

          Alex Papadopoulos April 13, 2016 at 11:24

          It might be out of production now, but they were initially trying to test it while it was still in production, I’m more interested in the best Koenigsegg has to offer rather than what is currently in production

        • Comment by Sunedosa

          Sunedosa April 13, 2016 at 19:59

          There’s been no reported realiability issues with the Ageras, some where had with earlier gen cars like the CCR but from the CCX and onwards most if not all issues has been cured,
          They never pulled any cars from official reviews, in the case with Salomondrin he said that he was just speculating and that he had nothing to back it up with. He also stated all along that they didn’t want official factory support, they wanted privately owned cars.

          Do you honestly think that Koenigsegg could influence owners not to supply a car to Salomondrin ? We are talking billionares here, people that are used to getting their way, they feel entitled to it because of heritage, inheritance etc. If Koenigsegg somehow put pressure on them it could very easily backfire and cause mistrust in Koenigsegg as a whole among their owners, it might even influence people not to buy more of their cars .

          As of yet we don’t know for sure, Salomondrin might have his car for april 17th, he isn’t making any comments about it anymore.

          There’s also another thing to consider: the owners just MIGHT have reconsidered, Salomondrin presents himself as a bit of a Yahoo and doesn’t exacly seem that serious, their tests doesn’t either. Not sure i’d lend them my 2.5 million $ car either if i had one tbh.

          • Comment by Brian Converse

            Brian Converse May 12, 2016 at 21:02

            I thought Salomondrin did a decent job with that hyper 5 video that they produced. I agree that group does appear as a bunch of yahoos, but on the other hand he is doing precisely what I did about 35 years ago. And that is comparing the best and fastest that the world has to offer. Whether that be by car, boat or plane/jet? What he did state was that when they thought they had a Koenigsegg to test the owners suddenly pulled back and said no. They also do not want factory cars and don’t want to get caught up with how manufacturers juice their test cars.

    • Comment by Mikael Carlsson

      Mikael Carlsson April 14, 2016 at 06:07

      So I guess you have had full insight in the atempts made by Porsche and Mclaren and know that they did not prepare anything but just went there and did good times? I trust an open company as Koenigsegg much more then a secret one like Mclaren.

    • Comment by Karl VG

      Karl VG April 15, 2016 at 08:19

      To some extent I understand they would rather prove it themselves at the ring, with their highest spec car, than letting Salomondrin pick up some customer car on some tires and some fuel and go to a track somewhere…

      I always think that if you care that much about lap times, buy a race car. A Porsche Cup, Ferrari GT or Lambo blancpain or even a license plate wearing radical…

      Have we ever seen any privately owned Koenigsegg car, gunning it to the limit on a race track? I don’t think I have.
      For me the added value lies in the fact that such a small brand could make something that outperforms the thousands of hours Porsche and Mclaren have put in their lap result…
      A hooray as such, for the brainchild of CVK.

      So from me a big Cheers to CVK and the brand to be willing to do this.

  3. Comment by Kaspar

    Kaspar April 13, 2016 at 10:55

    Yeah,
    Something is not quite right. I thought 7 minutes is more than enough time for the egg to demolish the last lap record. And now you are talking about months of fine tuning to get in that (7min) time?

    • Comment by Alex Papadopoulos

      Alex Papadopoulos April 13, 2016 at 11:05

      There is a reason they call it “The Green Hell” if you could some how have Robert get the track Knowledge of say… Sabine Schmitt, or Sabine the car knowledge of Robert, then 7 minutes would be plenty of time, but that isn’t the case…

  4. Comment by Peter Clark

    Peter Clark April 13, 2016 at 11:14

    I think it is great that Koenigsegg are going to even attempt to break the current record. Let’s not forget the Porsche had 3 drivers all competing on the day to go fastest in the 918 after having completed many thousands of laps of the ring during development of the car. I think Koenigsegg should be allowed to complete the suggested period of learning and adjustment without ridicule.

    • Comment by Eddie T

      Eddie T April 20, 2016 at 03:09

      this comment needs to be read by all these naysayers, it doesnt take a weekend to break a record, some car makers develop the car on the ‘Ring itself for years and can still fall short, pass judgment when the car has already made a legitament attempt at the record

  5. Comment by Hravn

    Hravn April 13, 2016 at 11:34

    Some people will never be satisfied 🙁 Appreciate EGG’s attempt instead

  6. Comment by Charles Kiesling

    Charles Kiesling April 13, 2016 at 11:47

    Finally! I can’t wait for you guys to PROVE you make better cars than Porsche or McLaren. I wish it was earlier. Thanks for letting us know what’s going on

  7. Comment by Andreas

    Andreas April 13, 2016 at 12:20

    Fantastic news! Wish you all the best of luck! Was kind of sad/angry watching APEX – like everything was against you last year. May we ask what car will be used?

    • Comment by Steven Wade

      Steven Wade April 13, 2016 at 12:30

      We will confirm the car to be used at a later date.

  8. Comment by Riku

    Riku April 13, 2016 at 12:49

    What is Koenigsegg your response on the things Salomondrin said? I’m sure you’ve seen it. Why tell customers to back out? Isn’t you cars really that great on track as you say? I’m the biggest fan of Koenigsegg since 2011 but i’m having my doubts on this now.

  9. Comment by Aaron Carioto

    Aaron Carioto April 13, 2016 at 14:25

    Thanks for being completely transparent with your intentions. I think some assume that since other manufacturers don’t claim the months of preparations, they must have only needed a few minutes and without and tweaking.

  10. Comment by Brandon W

    Brandon W April 13, 2016 at 15:28

    For all the haters that I have just read, I am still waiting for you to build a car, let alone one that is capable of beating the ‘Ring lap record, let alone actually breaking the record, let alone doing so in a car you can comfortably drive daily. Just because they admit that it isn’t a stroll through the park is no reason to lose trust in them. On the contrary, I would lose trust in them if they done all of the necessary preparation and then said that they had broke the record on a whim.

    If you had done your homework, you would know that they will be using a production car, and they are willing to tweak and or update any of their previously sold production cars however the owner desires. So, no matter how much effort they put into tuning this specific car, it will still be a production car lap record, because the same tuning will be available to the other owners.

  11. Comment by V

    V April 13, 2016 at 15:30

    Do what you did at spa and set an unofficial record. It won’t take as long.

    • Comment by Rob Hall

      Rob Hall April 13, 2016 at 18:39

      The Ring is probably the most dangerous track in the world. It is high speed, has tons of turns, and dramatic elevation changes (meaning areas where the car may jump), and narrow with no run-off. It is also 13 miles long. Spa is a very short track in comparison, with dozens fewer corners, and has more run-off room if something were to go wrong. I’m sure they could set the record tomorrow if Robert Serwanski knew the track inside out and sideways. But like they said, it takes a *perfect* understanding of both the track and car. That is what takes months to prepare for. It is literally putting a man’s life into the hands of the company and their car. It isn’t just some morning idea where you say, “Hey guys, let’s set the record today!” I know what the car is capable of. It will set the record, but even as the number one Koenigsegg fan I am afraid for the risks that must be taken. The faster the car, the faster the crash. Driver error or car malfunction is not acceptable. It only takes one mistake.

      Find a way to play Forza 6 on Xbox One and drive a stock One:1 at Nordschleife. Even better if you can use a racing wheel and pedals. Try to set a time under 7 minutes (6:57 to set the actual record) without touching any grass or dirt or losing control even a little bit even once. Got it down? Now ask if you want to do that in real life having never actually been to the track, never gone over 150 mph, and never had to control 1360 HP in a rear wheel drive car (I assume you haven’t done these things). Did you change your mind? Haha, I thought so! Nordschleife is called the Green Hell for a reason! Have fun on Forza, it’s a blast 🙂

      • Comment by Alam Shawon

        Alam Shawon April 13, 2016 at 18:53

        Beautifully put. Why would a driver risk his/her life just for the fame of a company? Be prepared and do it right.

  12. Comment by rui china

    rui china April 13, 2016 at 16:09

    take as long as you want, because all we segg gans want is to see you destroy that reccord. good luck guys

  13. Comment by BIG FAN

    BIG FAN April 13, 2016 at 16:50

    Is it not a time for Koenigsegg to consider building an all-wheel car? I’ve already heard Christian saying in an interview that Regera acceleration is limited by what 2 wheels can deliver. Here you are saying that the cars have so much power that drivers need to learn how to use it at all.

    From what I guess, Koenigsegg has to serve needs and abilities of those people who actually can pay this amount of money for one car. The recent moves making cars more comfortable than the first ones are kind of confirmation. A big majority of rich has basically no idea how to drive. Would it be not a good idea to offer something which just catapults itself with insane speed without thinking a lot how to press the pedal properly.

    A usual concern with an all-wheel car is weight. But Koenigsegg has proven so often that they are full of great ideas wiping all real-live concerns?

  14. Comment by mange

    mange April 13, 2016 at 17:02

    cool, hope u get the record, think u will. Still hope to see a koenigsegg at that salomondir thing tho. See if a owner lend a car for that. 😛

  15. Comment by Francisco Neto

    Francisco Neto April 13, 2016 at 17:56

    I can’t wait to see what the One:1 is capable of!!

  16. Comment by Alam Shawon

    Alam Shawon April 13, 2016 at 18:48

    That’s very true. Safety should always be first. This car is never about speed or handling, it’s about passion. Any owner of any Koenigsegg will never be able to drive that fast. So take your time and try for the best.

  17. Comment by Ces

    Ces April 13, 2016 at 19:40

    For all haters setting a lap record in the “Green Hell” is insanely hard. You need a driver that is 100% used to the car, the perfect weather and a private day at the track. It´s not easy to combine this things (for example you can hire a driver and have several days of raining or the driver can be working in an international series and will not be available).
    I am sure that Koenigsegg will not use these “months” to tune the car (instead of using a “stock car”) but you need to adjust little details like the tyre´s pressure, etc. that is normal in any record attempt.
    I wish you the best for this attempt. Just a little favor, please record as much as you can (in Full HD of course).

  18. Comment by Brandon C

    Brandon C April 13, 2016 at 19:44

    Drama is lame. I just want to see Regera unleashing the beast on dry roads. I really don’t care about comparisons to other cars. They are all so amazing at this level, and only have nit-picky different things to offer.

  19. Comment by mitchell

    mitchell April 13, 2016 at 20:37

    well how about the official dyno run for the regera as well? since that is also essential to be done type thing

  20. Comment by M3Conv

    M3Conv April 13, 2016 at 20:51

    Don’t want to point out the obvious here but the 918’s time was recorded within a week of the car being released. How can it take years to match the time in a car that’s twice the price and has twice the power to weight.Surely 7 min is just a walk in the park considering the advantage all that power gives on a track with a straight as long as Nurburgring has?

    If the Koenigsegg would really obliterate the record surely all they need to do is give to to one of Nurburgring masters and let him try.

    It sound more like you are going to tune the car for this specific track rather than use a standard setup which is not what the production car record is all about.

    Good luck anyway !

    • Comment by Alex Papadopoulos

      Alex Papadopoulos April 14, 2016 at 07:17

      Actually the production car has many adjustments that can be made to the setup, in fact, the One:1 can even adjust it’s setup on the fly for each corner, but Koenigsegg need to do the work ahead of time to decide what that setup adjustment should be, then any time a customer car goes there it will have those same on the fly adjustments made…

      • Comment by M3Conv

        M3Conv April 14, 2016 at 17:32

        Porsche did not need to mess about with the 918 , they took 3 cars and 3 drivers to the ring and on the same day each driver broke the 7 min barrier in a complete stock non-optimized car without any roll cage, the only option was Weissach pack which many buyers choose.

        Walter Rohrl, one of the drivers is 70 years old, yet still no sweat.

        Surely with 1200BHP on tap breaking 7 min should be do able after a couple of warm ups? It would not even need to be anywhere near as fast round the bends than a 918 to break 7 min as it would gain loads of times on the long straight.

        • Comment by Alex Papadopoulos

          Alex Papadopoulos April 15, 2016 at 04:41

          But why break the old record, and play leapfrog with the competition, when you can obliterate it, and show that you HAVE NO competition. Plus, like I said, the work they put in on setup will be available for customers too, and I’m sure customers who might choose to take their car to the Ring, would like access to the best possible setup, why create technology that can adjust setup on the fly if it doesn’t get used???

          • Comment by M3Conv

            M3Conv April 15, 2016 at 21:47

            Its not going to obliterate the record though is it?

            The 918 was only 9 sec slower than the Radical SR8 at Nurburgring
            The One:1 was 17 sec slower than the Radical SR8 at Spa which is a very short track in comparison.

        • Comment by Jordan Kwan

          Jordan Kwan April 16, 2016 at 01:15

          well i can tell you based on lap times at spa the One:1 will most likely destroy the 918. yes, the One:1 is slower than the radical SR8 by 17 seconds. But the 918 was 32 seconds slower than the Radical according to http://fastestlaps.com/tracks/spa-francorchamps.

          • Comment by M3Conv

            M3Conv April 16, 2016 at 10:31

            I think you can discount that 918 time unless you actually believe that a 918 is slower than a Porsche Cayman and only as fast as an old model E46 M3 🙂

          • Comment by Giovanni Samson

            Giovanni Samson April 16, 2016 at 23:46

            Not to mention that the SPA record was with a passenger and with traffic. So even the One:1’s record there isn’t their best.

        • Comment by Pacerola

          Pacerola May 10, 2016 at 10:13

          So you really think that Porche (a german company known to develop cars on the ring) never drove the 918 on the Nordschleiffe prior to those tests? I suggest you think about that for a while.

    • Comment by CE71

      CE71 April 18, 2016 at 08:49

      I’m sure Porsche didn’t have the 918 at the track for only a week. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen 918 test mules on the ring a long time before release. Isn’t it obvious?

  21. Comment by Craagen Gallagher

    Craagen Gallagher April 13, 2016 at 20:51

    Hey, however long it takes to put Mclaren, Ferrari, Porsche, and everyone else in their place.

  22. Comment by Claes

    Claes April 14, 2016 at 03:46

    FINALLY!!! 🙂

  23. Comment by Andy Newbold

    Andy Newbold April 14, 2016 at 05:23

    I just want to say bravo to you CvK and the entire Koenigsegg team. Forget all the drama with this and other things with other cars etc that are happening. You are a great company and all it comes down to is that you guys have great morals and make great cars!!

  24. Comment by Leonardo V de Anda

    Leonardo V de Anda April 14, 2016 at 19:14

    2 things, well 3,
    1.- why is robert not doing it?
    2.- you’re probably gonna set a super fast lapif not a record on testing.
    3.- are you gonna use the one:1 you did the 0-300-0 record with? or one of the other 6 that have a lower weight since they dont have the rollcage?

    • Comment by Leonardo V de Anda

      Leonardo V de Anda April 14, 2016 at 19:15

      take the regera too, and hey if you can get a costumer car, why not take robert to lap older models

      • Comment by Cloxxki

        Cloxxki April 14, 2016 at 22:10

        For the ‘ring, a customer car will be especially hard to obtain.
        I also hope times will be set in the “slower” options. Agera RS as a current model would be more preferred for me. And certainly Regera. We are all obsessing over the hybrid cars and their laptimes, so Regera is a logical opponent. Not a true track car, smart useoff batteries, a great test. Can the RWD Koenigsegg take on the 4WD Porsche? It’s been a few years, technology keeps advancing.

  25. Comment by Stefan (@StefanFor)

    Stefan (@StefanFor) April 15, 2016 at 14:21

    Sabine Schmitz should be the driver. 1. She have driven more than 30.000 lap on Nordschleife. 2. She is fast. 3. She is a woman, that’s a big PR.

    • Comment by Alex Papadopoulos

      Alex Papadopoulos April 17, 2016 at 09:00

      I would agree with you 100% if she had any experience in the car already, but car knowledge can be just as important at track knowledge, especially when pushing the limits like this. Like I said to someone else, if we could some how give Sabine, Robert’s car knowledge, or give Robert, Sabine’s track knowledge it would be a done deal.

    • Comment by Jordan Kwan

      Jordan Kwan April 19, 2016 at 07:22

      very interesting

  26. Comment by Michael B

    Michael B April 20, 2016 at 01:25

    Amid all of the negativity in the comment section, I would like to add something positive. The guys at Koenigsegg do need this prep time. They don’t call the Nurburgring the “Green Hell” for nothing. They need to tune the suspension and other things, and either spend time to let Mr. Servanski learn the track, or let a Nurburgring expert learn the car. This takes tons of time, especially on a track that is nearly 13 miles long. I have conversed with Oscar Bergfelt and with someone who has met Mr. von Koenigsegg, and they seem like geniunely nice, good people. I have full faith that you guys will demolish the 918’s lap time, even if it takes 3 months to do so. Mr. Wade, despite the fact that I am not even 14 years old, I consider myself to be one of Koenigsegg’s biggest fans and stand behind you 100 percent.

  27. Comment by George Lekkas

    George Lekkas April 21, 2016 at 07:25

    I am curious…. Which car could set the best lap time at the Nurburgring? One:1, Agera RS or Regera?

    • Comment by Jordan Kwan

      Jordan Kwan April 21, 2016 at 22:34

      One:1 for sure.

  28. Comment by Hans g Eriksson

    Hans g Eriksson April 24, 2016 at 13:17

    Many in the auto show business want you to succeed – and so do I.

    Could it be wise to go back to the Benteler´s and take up the Swedish invention with rear 5-link suspension again for better road grip ? I think they estimated up to about 10 s faster lap time at the´Ring using it in an Audi S6

  29. Comment by Rohan Sachdev

    Rohan Sachdev April 28, 2016 at 13:46

    Dear Koenigsegg,

    Please ignore the haters. They hate because they don’t make the world’s best hyper/megacars. Do take your time, but unlike McFerrari, please do it in the next year and provide a video 🙂

    Cheers!

  30. Comment by Giancarlo Di Nunzio

    Giancarlo Di Nunzio April 30, 2016 at 17:13

    three names for that lap….Sabine Schmitz (Ring Taxi),Nicola Larini and…the old boy of Loris Bicocchi…..and hands up.
    Go for that lap…Go…..

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