Koenigsegg Looking for a Driver to Attempt Nurburgring Record in One:1 for 2016

Nobody enjoyed speed limits being imposed on the Nurburgring last year, but some track aficionados were more affected than others, with the worst outcome probably having to do with Koenigsegg not being able to attempt its One:1 record run.
Koenigsegg factory driver Robert Serwanski in One:1 1 photo
Photo: YouTube screenshot
The stage had been set, but when the pesky signs showed up, Angelholm had to postpone its dream of seeing the One:1 grabbing the street-legal production car record from the Porsche 918 Spyder.

Well, the Egg people have recently used their website to let it slip that they'll be back at the Nordschleife soon. Nevertheless, before jumping to record-setting conclusions, the K marque wants us to take a few things into consideration.

First and foremost, Koenigsegg needs a driver for the feat and here's the automaker explaining why: "Our regular factory driver, Robert Serwanski (seen above), 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."

The lucky man or woman (let the Sabine Schmitz nominations begin) who will get to attempt the record-setting run in the 1,342 hp (1,361 PS) Swedish beast will have anything but an easy task, regardless of his or her 'Ring skills.

"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," Koenigsegg said.

The company said they'll need a few months until they get to take a stab at the infamous German track. No, they won't be memorizing every square inch of the track using a computer run by reptilians. Instead, the Swedes explained that "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."

All seven units of the One:1 have already been born, which means that, in the time it took the Nurburgring to receive its 2016 safety-aimed changes that saw the limits being raised, the One:1 went out of production. Then again, who's keeping track of such details when we're dealing with a monumental velocity quest here?

After all, Koenigsegg hasn't been sleeping on its Megawatt car (1MW equals 1,341 hp) laurels, having developed the manic gas-electric Regera meanwhile.

As for those who want to point out the complex preparations defeat the "production car" purpose, allow us to remind you that Zuffenhausen did tons of laps before setting the 6:57 record and had three drivers running in the 918 on the day the feat was achieved.
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