When the Koenigsegg One:1 development car left Suzuka Circuit, it was shipped to Germany as part of its standard route back to Sweden. While it was in the area, we thought it might be good to call in at the beautiful Circuit De Spa-Francorchamps, in Belgium. Modena Trackdays were holding their 2015 event at Spa in conjunction with PACE Germany. Our factory One:1 joined a host of exotic machines, including four privately owned Koenigseggs:
All photos are copyright by Maurice Volmeyer, 2015.
We had the pleasure of welcoming Formula 1 veteran, Adrian Sutil into the cockpit for the first day of the event. Adrian knows the Spa circuit extremely well so he was able to show our factory driver, Robert Serwanski, where to turn. Because Robert knows the car better than most parents know their children, Adrian’s guidance as to the nuances of the track were all he needed to have a great weekend on the tarmac.
This was a public event and Koenigsegg offered a few lucky visitors the chance to ride shotgun for some hotlaps around Spa. Adrian and Robert shared the chauffeur duties on the first day of the event, while Robert drove the One:1 for all of the second day.
Here are a few notes about the laps:
Below is the full lap from the camera attached to our external datalogger. Sadly, there is no high-resolution footage from this particular lap. In another unfortunate misadventure, the datalogger cable that transmits RPM, brake pressure and throttle position was not connected to its datalogger socket. Hence, the incomplete set of datalogger readings you’ll see in the video. Thankfully, we do still have the lap time available.
This was an unofficial lap time but we’re pleased to note that it compares quite favourably with other lap times recorded by production vehicles on production road tyres at Spa. The fastest time by a comparable vehicle that we have been able to source online is a 2:38. We’d love to hear from you if you know of faster lap times we can look at.
As mentioned earlier, Robert was driving with a passenger in the car at all times and he thinks there was plenty of margin for improvement. In fact, if we were to combine the best times logged for all sectors of the track during the event, the time would have been below 2:30.
We know that some of you like your figures, so here’s a select few from the day:
The car felt really great. You would be forgiven for thinking we had done a lot of its development on this very track, even though this was the first time ever for the One:1 at Spa.
The car behaved exactly the way we want it to. Very safe and predictable behaviour, no matter the speed with a small, confident level of understeer that is easily balanced to neutral (or oversteer) at any point by either applying more power or lifting off the throttle at the right moment.