Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A rare Koenigsegg One:1 crashed at the Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit and this is what the Swedish hypercar manufacturer had to say about it

The Koenigsegg One:1 is one of the rarest hypercars in the world, with only eight units being built--including the lone prototype--from 2014 to 2015. So to read through various sources online that one such example crashed last weekend at the Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit is certainly heartbreaking.

According to GTSpirit.com. the crash happened as the car was making a run for the record of the Porsche 918 Spyder as the fastest production car to lap the famed track, with the crash reportedly happening at the Adenauer Forst section, a blind chicane that follows the fast Fuchsrohre segment. The report added that although the car caught fire after the incident, it was immediately contained and that the unnamed driver was able to walk away from the stricken hypercar.

Also, the One:1 unit in the photo above is the actual car, supposedly taken on July 14--just days before the crash. GTSpirit.com added that this particular unit is the second One:1 to be made and was the first to be privately registered.

Now, while most carmakers would try to sweep such incidents under the rug, Koenigsegg recently issued a statement about it, saying that the accident confirms "just how difficult it is to drive at this level on the world’s ultimate proving ground."

You can read the complete statement below as well as see a video of the aftermath of the crash and as the car was being retrieved and laid on a flatbed truck at the bottom. We only hope that, despite the crash, Koenigsegg won't be deterred from staging another attempt at a Nurburgring lap record sometime in the near future.

Koenioggseg's statement on the incident at the Nurburgring:

"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."

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