The Koenigsegg One:1 owned by the BHP Project and driven by Oliver Webb broke the Vmax200 speed record not once, not twice but three times last weekend, with a terminal speed of 240mph over the 1.4 mile track at Bruntingthorpe, in the United Kingdom.
If some of that last sentence didn’t make sense to you, here are the main players in this drama…..
The BHP Project is the online presence that represents a rather extraordinary collection of sports cars, including the blue carbon Koenigsegg One:1.
Oliver Webb (Oli) is a World Endurance Championship driver from the UK, driving in the LMP1 class for ByKolles Racing in 2016.
Vmax200 by Auto Vivendi – from the event’s own website – “is the UKs premier top–speed driving event where owners of sports cars, supercars and hypercars gather at a private runway to drive their cars to their limits.”
These fantastic images were taken by Supercar Driver, and provided to us via The BHP Project.
The most recent Vmax200 meeting was held this past weekend, 21 May 2016, and the BHP Project One:1 was back at Bruntingthorpe to work the tarmac even harder than in previous outings. This car recorded a previous best of 225mph in September 2015. It was hampered by a small wheel alignment issue at that meeting and it wasn’t considered safe to go for more. 225mph is extremely fast, but it’s shy of the Vmax200 record of 229mph, set by a tuned Porsche 911 in 2013.
That record didn’t last long once this particular Vmax200 meeting got underway.
The One:1 was first to break the old 229mph record with a 230mph run. And there was much celebration.
Another tuned Porsche 911 recorded a 231mph run a few minutes later, which meant the three-year-old Vmax200 record had been broken twice in the space of just five minutes.
Then came the rain. As the track was too damp for seriously fast times, the BHP Project guys turned to offering passenger rides for a lucky group of attendees. The rain stopped and the track began to dry – slowly – but enough for Oli to get a good enough launch during one of the passenger rides to set a new Vmax200 record at 235mph.
That’s with a passenger. One very lucky passenger, I’d suggest.
With this time in the bank, the team decided to give Oli one more turn at a full sprint and neither he nor the car let them down. The new record speed was 240mph, some 11mph faster than the record at the beginning of the day and we’re told it’s the fastest a car (of any description) has ever travelled at Bruntingthorpe.
Cue the video:
Congratulations to the whole BHP Project team and Oliver Webb for doing such a great job and carrying the Koenigsegg banner so proudly through the event.
Again, all images by Supercar Driver, provided to us via The BHP Project.
* Thrice – such an overlooked word in today’s lexicon. I’m glad I could give it a run here 🙂