Koenigsegg One:1 Gets Noise Ban on Spa-Francorchamps, Breaks Record Anyway

Koenigsegg One:1 lap record on Spa 1 photo
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You would imagine that a man in the position of Christian von Koenigsegg would only have celebration reasons now that the all-mighty One:1 hypercar is finally out. Well, before the Swede can go and bathe in champagne, his Megacar (1,360 PS or 1 MW) should set a few world records to prove its superiority, right? Well, they’ve got the car, but apparently more than one track around the world won’t let the K people have their way.
The latest example of this comes from Belgium, where Koenigsegg set a new Spa Francorchamps record last week. In the video below, you can see their test driver, Robert Serwanski, lowering the One:1’s Spa record from 2:33.26 to 2:32.14.

That’s great, but the Swedish carmaker explains it could do better. It seems the track official didn’t allow the One:1 to fully stretch its legs. As Jalopnik explains, the morning after the record was set saw the weather conditions improving, so Koenigsegg was ready to improve their time. However, they were prevented from doing so, since officials said their car exceeded the track noise limits.

Remember, this was happening during a track day event. While the source’s story may sound a bit too much like a conspiracy theory, from marshals staying on the track to make sure the test driver wouldn’t be able to ignore red flags to a VW Group-linked racing group taking advantage of the situation, we tend to believe it isn’t too far from the truth.

The Nurburgring may have just ousted Koenigsegg on purpose

That’s because a similar situation has recently happened on the Nurburgring. We’ll remind you the ‘Ring management kept imposing speed limits that have basically banned lap records. The ugliest part is that the last limit was imposed just before Koenigsegg was ready to throw the One:1 at the Green Hell. As for the weird VW Group connection, it’s more than people expecting the Germans to protect the Bugatti Veyron blazon. For one thing, the Lamborghini Aventador SV was able to record its sub-7-minute record one day before the killer limit was set.

The good part of this story is that we believe these barriers are starting to have a positive marketing effect for the Swedish carmaker. And while they’ll never enter the VW Group’s Ehra-Lessien top speed facily, the One:1 can still set 0-300-0 (km/h) records with no hands on the wheel.

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