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Watch a Koenigsegg annihilate the production record at Spa-Francorchamps

22 July, 2015

 

The crazy team at Koenigsegg have underlined the sublime performance of their new Agera One:1 by thrashing the production lap record of Belgium’s illustrious Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. Clocking in at 2min 32.14, the Koenigsegg beats its nearest rival by almost six seconds. Check out the memorable on-board video below:

This is the second time that Koenigsegg have had a crack at the Spa record, following a successful attempt in June where they managed to set a lap record of 2min 33.26s — beating the previous benchmark set by a McLaren P1 — a car New Zealand Classic Car magazine featured earlier in 2015.

What makes official Koenigsegg test driver Robert Serwanski’s lap particularly impressive is how he is forced to weave through dense traffic from start to finish. Yet despite the conditions, the One:1 manages to hit 270kph on the approach to Eau Rouge, before reaching a mind-boggling 320kph just before piling on the brakes at the bus stop.

Brand founder Christian von Koenigsegg had initially suggested that the One:1 would try and take down the lap record at Germany’s infamous Nürburgring. But after a speed ban was imposed at the facility due to safety concerns, Spa was the most logical replacement playground for the brand to set their 1341hp monster loose.

The record has been toppled just as motorsport royalty from around the world prepare for the 24 Hours of Spa, held on July 25–26. Included in that list is Kiwi V8 Supercar ace Shane van Gisbergen, as well as Australian motorsport legend Craig Lowndes.

The Jowett Jupiter turns 70

John Ball has always enjoyed tinkering with old boats and cars. He’s old enough to think having gearbox parts on newspaper on the floor of his bedroom, while the relevant car sat waiting on nail boxes, was a normal part of growing up. His passion has always tended towards old British bangers. He reckons he’s fortunate not to have got caught up in the American muscle scene.
John’s love affair with this Jupiter started in December 2015 when, with some time on his hands during a Christchurch trip, he searched online for ‘cars, before 1970 and in Christchurch’.

A passion for classics and customs

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