We had a great time at Suzuka; the opportunity to show the Koenigsegg One:1 to so many people in this way is a rare one indeed.
People can see our cars at motor shows around the world but a motor show is a static experience. The car is either standing still or rotating on a turntable and when you’re talking about one of the world’s rarest and most capable performance cars, we know that people want to see the car in action.
Last Saturday, at Suzuka, we had the chance to give people what they want: the Koenigsegg One:1 lapping one of the world’s premier racing circuits.
A few notes about the day’s laps….
Here’s the video. A few numbers from the drive – including our internally recorded lap time – as well as some thoughts from Robert are included after the video.
Our best recorded lap time in this half-hour slot was 2:17.57. The Koenigsegg One:1 is a production car and this session was done on the same production tyres that a customer would get from the factory.
This time is from our own data-logging system, which was connected to the car on the day. It is not an official time and has no external standing.
But it’s reassuring, nonetheless.
The best lap time that we’ve been able to find online for a production car at Suzuka was a Nissan GT-R at 2:18.36. To have potentially beaten this time at our first outing while running a standard setup, with little exposure to the track beforehand, with a passenger inside the car during all laps and with brakes that had to be nursed a little throughout the session, was very encouraging indeed.
Our data-logging system also recorded a maximum 1.72 G’s at 180km/h in one of the corners, which shows just how well the aerodynamic setup helps with the car’s grip. Robert spent some time in the days leading up to this drive session making adjustments to the Koenigsegg One:1 programmable aerodynamics and it certainly helped.
A few thoughts from Robert:
“The car performed extremely well but there’s no doubt that with more time invested in getting to know the track and the optimal setup, it could go much faster.
We had to take care of the brakes a little. It was an oversight on our part, but we didn’t put new pads in before shipping the car to Japan and we didn’t bring fresh pads with us. Hard braking was an issue as a result, which will influence the speed at which you approach a corner.
While we were carrying an extra person in the car in all of our laps, this wasn’t a big factor. It does affect your steering and braking at the limit, but we were not at the limit today. The confidence to be at the limit requires a lot more knowledge of the intricacies of the track and that only comes with hours and hours of time on the tarmac.
Suzuka is a wonderful track and well deserves its reputation as one of the most challenging and rewarding tracks in the world.”