Not content with tearing up the legendary Japanese Suzuka circuit, Swedish supercar manufacturer Koenigsegg decided to pay a visit to Spa Francorchamps in Belgium.
The 1,340hp Koenigsegg One:1 and its 1,340kg kerb weight is seen lapping the Formula One circuit at a moderate pace, with braking and cornering speeds appearing relatively relaxed. Even so, the lap time of 2:33 makes it five seconds faster than the 903hp hybrid McLaren P1.
Given Koenigsegg receives flak for building powerful cars that lack cornering abilities, the video is a bit of a wake up call for rival manufacturers. No doubt when it reaches the Nurburgring it’s going to upset a number of established supercars and hypercars and maybe even the Lamborghini Aventador Super Veloce.
The One:1 is powered by a 5.0-litre twin-turbo V8. It can reach speeds of more than 260mph and hit 0-62mph in less than three seconds. 600kg of downforce keeps it on the road at speed, while the one horsepower per one kg ensures it keeps on ignoring the laws of physics for as long as it wants.
A few other facts from the Spa lap include lateral g of 1.7, which is astonishing for a road car, while the top speed was 191mph. It’s worth pointing out this was the first time the car had been around Spa and no driving aids were used.
The brave soul who drove the lap, Robert Serwanski, said of the car: “It behaved exactly the way we want it to. Safe and predictable behaviour… with a small, confident level of understeer that is easily balanced to neutral or oversteer by applying more power.”
Given that Formula One’s Marcus Ericsson in the Caterham Renault Formula One car managed a time of 2 minutes and 14 seconds, it’s safe to say the One:1 is going to be making the news for a while.