At the moment Porsche still holds the record for the fastest lap around the famed Nurburgring Nordschleife by a production car, but that might not last much longer thanks to Koenigsegg. The gasoline-electric hybrid 918 logged a lap time just 6:57 in 2013, a record that despite McLaren’s unsubstantiated claims has gone unbeaten. Koenigsegg thinks that it not only can knock off the record, but that it can do it with two models, not just one.
Koenigsegg has picked up a considerable amount of street cred in recent years, making cars that can legitimately go toe-to-toe with the likes of the Bugatti Veyron and Ferrari LaFerrari. The first model it sees beating the Porsche 918’s record lap is the Agera R, which packs a twin-turbo V-8 that rockets out 1,124 horsepower, yet boasts a curb weight of just 3,160 pounds. Both numbers far eclipse what the Porsche 918 offers. Koenigsegg also says that on the Green Hell’s straightaways the Agera R reaches speeds of up to 250 mph.
The other model that is poised to break the standing record is the wondrously amazing Koenigsegg One:1 which boasts an almost unbelievable one-to-one ratio of kilograms to horsepower. With a curb weight that is 220 pounds lighter than the Agera R and a body that produces twice the downforce, the One:1 can really stick the turns on the track, helping shave off precious seconds from its lap time.
Everyone is wonder just how fast Koenigsegg thinks its cars can go on the track. Car and Driver is reporting that reps from the company claim a time below 6:30 is well within reach of the One:1, which would blow Porsche’s record away.
Pretty much every automaker is obsessed with the Nurburgring, using official lap times for different models to pique interest among car shoppers. The practice has bordered on ridiculous as some companies have marketed SUVs and other interesting choices to consumers by bragging about how “quickly” they can get around the Green Hell.