When a car has over 1300 horsepower, you can rightfully assume it’s going to be incredibly fast. However the Koenigsegg One:1 is different, it is not just powerful, it is also light. The One:1 gets its name because it produces one horsepower for every kilogram it weighs.
A power-to-weight ratio like that is a recipe for going fast, very fast, but just how fast. The One:1 just hit 240 mph on a 1.4-mile runway before it had to hit the brakes. The run took place at the Vmax200, a regular event in the U.K. that allows participants to attempt high-speed runs on a runway.
What is even more impressive than being able to hit 240 mph is how that compares to other hypercars on the same runway. According to MotorAuthority, a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport once hit 225 mph. And the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1, and Porsche 918 have all had to stop around 210 mph.
In the hands of Oli Webb, a World Endurance Championship driver for ByKolles Racing in the LMP1 category, the BHP Project’s £4,000,000+ Koenigsegg beat the old record of 229mph, before the rival Porsche edged ahead with an effort of 231mph. Later in the day the One:1 managed to hit 240mph on the straight meaning a new benchmark for the fastest car to have ever travelled at Bruntingthorpe.
“What a day, when the rain came I thought our chance to beat to Porsche 911 might have gone so we got lucky when things cleared up and we were able to get more running in,” said Webb.
“It’s an absolutely astonishing car and pushing it to a new record at 240mph felt incredible. Next time we’re going to head abroad to somewhere with more reliable weather to see if we can go even faster.”