A Koenigsegg One:1 Just Crashed at the Nurburgring

Super-powerful supercar wipes out during testing.

byJul 18, 2016 9:04 PM
A Koenigsegg One:1 Just Crashed at the Nurburgring

It's a sad day for Swedish supercars. Earlier today, a Koenigsegg One:1 crashed while testing at the Nurburgring Nordschleife. According to the carmaker, the driver is all right; the car, as you can see below, is anything but.

According to a statement issued by Koenigsegg, the Agera-based One:1 crashed while lapping the Nurburgring Nordschleife on one of the famed race track's industry days. The carmaker has been running the supercar at the track for the last couple months, both for developmental testing and in an attempt to work up to an official Nurburgring lap time. With 1,342 horsepower and a curb weight of only 2,994 pounds, the One:1 was widely considered to have the potential to set a new production car lap record at the 'Ring; however, with the world's total number of One:1s apparently reduced by 15 percent after today's crash, it seems far less likely that the world will ever know exactly what the car can do at the track.

Video of the aftermath shows a pair of long, straight tire marks leading out of a straightaway and into a corner, suggesting the driver was about to enter the turn too fast and attempted to scrub off speed. It's unclear whether the car became airborne after it hit the safety barrier, but the significant damage to the lower lip (and the lack of it further up the fascia) suggests it may have caught some air while going over the Armco, only to nosedive back to Earth on the other side.

The driver of the crashed Koenigsegg was taken to the hospital, the carmaker said, but released later that same afternoon. Based on the images of the crash, the passenger cell seems largely intact, though it seems likely the driver may have left a sizable stain on the lefthand seat.

UPDATE: Koenigsegg released a statement on July 20th, confirming a faulty ABS sensor in the left from wheel was the cause of the crash.