Swedish hypercar manufacturer Koenigsegg has hit out at Nürburgring management following a ban on timed record attempts for safety reasons.
The manufacturer was supposed to be lapping the ‘ring in its One:1 this week, in an attempt to beat the current lap record set by the Radical SR8 LM.
But new speed limits introduced over safety concerns means the One:1 has no chance of beating the current 6:48 lap record.
In a statement, Koenigsegg said: “We at Koenigsegg sympathise with these concerns and we understand the obligations that Nürburgring management have to ensure that the track is safe for both drivers and spectators. We share the same responsibility towards our test driver and every one of our customers. Nobody wants another accident, injury, let alone a fatality.
“While we understand the situation and can agree with track management that utmost safety is paramount, we are also frustrated by this decision. We understand, as does everybody in the industry, that high performance motoring comes with certain risks. We all do our best to manage those risks.
“Despite everyone’s best efforts, however, bad things can still happen and sometimes they extract a terrible price. Our collective options are to continue to improve the way we mitigate risk, or walk away. And walking away is not an option for an industry that has improved again and again through innovation that invariably involves risk.”
The company said that it remained committed to testing the One:1 at the Nurburgring. The hypercar boasts 1,360hp and weighs 1,360kg – resulting in 1hp per kg, hence the name.
It added: “We will do whatever we can to keep the lines of communication open with Nurburgring track management to make sure we don’t miss an opportunity to show the world what we have created and what it is capable of.
“We hope to only need about 7 minutes of their time and we will do our best to not use all of it.”