IT ALL STARTED WITH A LITTLE ABS TROUBLE…
A hyper-powerful, hyper-expensive and hyper-rare Koenigsegg One:1 recently crashed while undergoing high-speed testing at Germany’s Nurburgring. It wasn’t pretty.
Fortunately, the driver wasn’t seriously injured — and Koenigsegg says it’s going to totally rebuild the car, which, amazingly, didn’t sustain catastrophic damage (both of these things are a testament to the company’s engineering skill).
In an analysis posted on its website, presumably to soothe the nerves of all you prospective Koenigsegg One:1 buyers out there (all seven of you), the automaker details exactly what it believes caused the crash. We’ll note that, while this is hardly an independent investigation, Koenigsegg didn’t have to make its findings public — we have no reason to doubt the company’s statement.
It seems the whole thing started with a bad signal from the front left ABS wheel sensor, which apparently caused brake lock-up when heavy braking triggered the ABS system:
“The One:1 experienced front axle brake lock-up at approximately 170 km/h on a section of the track known as Fuchsröhre before hitting the fence at Adenauer Forst at approximately 110 km/h. The impact with the fence launched the car into the air for an estimated 22 meters while it turned 180 degrees before it landed on its left rear wheel and pivoted to land parallel with the fence. The airbags, fuel shut-off and other safety systems all deployed as they were designed to do.”
Koenigsegg says a dashboard warning light illuminated as soon as the ABS fault was detected, which happened before the segment of the track that demanded ABS-inducing heavy braking.
However, it would have been easy for a helmet-wearing driver to overlook the light in the heat of the moment on a demanding circuit. So, as with many accidents, it seems that a series of faults and errors added up to a big crash.
The automaker continues:
“While the One:1 sustained severe damage to its exterior panels and sub-frames (front and rear), the carbon monocoque chassis and airbag restraint system performed according to design specifications and protected the driver well. Examination of the vehicle at our factory in Angelholm shows that there were no fuel leaks, no oil leaks and no hydraulic fluid leaks whatsoever, which is positively reassuring, given the force of the impact.”
Koenigsegg confirms that the car will be rebuilt, and the information learned in the crash will be used to improve vehicle safety going forward. Hey, that’s why manufacturers test cars, right?
We’re glad everything performed as intended (with, er, the exception of the ABS) and the driver was able to walk away — and, as always, we look forward to seeing what magnificent madness Koenigsegg comes up with next.