Koenigsegg’s One:1 hypercar is a staggering vehicle keeping the lunacy and mythical nature of super cars alive. Without resorting to hybrid systems, like today’s supposedly top-tier hypercars, the One:1 has a remarkable, turbocharged 5.0-liter V8 that produces 1,341 horsepower, which is the equivalent of one entire Megawatt of energy. You can imagine then, that this amazing vehicle should annihilate a race track … and you’d be right.
Filmed at the Suzuka Circuit, Koenigsegg took the One:1 for some hot laps around the famous raceway. The result was that the megacar set an unofficial lap time of 2:17.57, which beats the standing official record time for a production car, 2:18.36, set by the Nissan GT-R.
Factory driver Robert Serwanski is the man behind the wheel of the One:1, taking the hypercar around Suzuka on its runs during a half-hour time slot. This wasn’t a competitive event nor was it a legit attempt at smashing a record; it just sort of happened.
“… We were not at the limit today. The confidence to be at the limit requires a lot more knowledge of the intricacies of the track and that only comes with hours and hours of time on the tarmac,” Serwanski said. The driver hadn’t spent much time on the track before and felt that, with more practice, and after having the car’s set-up more optimized for the course, the car could’ve gone even faster.
Pretty nice to know that a car with a theoretical top speed of 280 mph can casually break a lap record just by turning up and kicking around for a half hour. We’re willing to bet that if Koenigsegg really wanted to, it could do a world tour of the world’s tracks, leaving a trail of broken records in its wake. Luckily for the supercar makers of the world, it’s just fine being the supercar unicorn.