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Koenigsegg Breaks World Record for Production Cars

Geneva Motorshow Press Release 2005-03-02


The Koenigsegg CCR breaks the World Record

On February the 28th 2005, at 12.08 local time, the Koenigsegg CCR broke the production road car speed record, achieving a new official top speed of 388 (387.87) km/h at Italy's Nardo Prototipo proving ground.

A team of five Koenigsegg engineers and mechanics together with founder Christian von Koenigsegg ran, a technically standard Koenigsegg CCR in order to take the top speed record for productions road cars. The famous supercar test driver, Loris Bicocchi who is a veteran recorder breaker, drove the CCR.

The Koenigsegg CCR raised McLaren's previously unofficial mark of 372 km/h set at Nardo/Prototipo in 1993 with over 15 km/h. On top of this the CCR broke the official McLaren F1 record of 386.7 km/h, which was set on the 9 km straight line VW Ehra facility in Wolfsburg Germany.

A team of Nardo Prototipo technicians independently verified the speed of the CCR. The car was clocked using Tag Heuer´s Splitmaster 650 with photocells stationary at the track, recording the average speed during 1 km.

Nardo Prototipo is a circular track with a circumference of 12.5 km. This means that the car is driven in a constant turning motion, which makes the exercise and speed even more impressive. The steering wheel at this speed is kept at around 30 degrees of constant angel, which equivalates to a sharp corner for the speed.

The constant turning motion of the car creates extra friction on the tires. This extra friction overcomes the extra horsepower that was needed for further acceleration. The maximum speed was reached at around 6790 rpm, which is not equivalent to the maximum hp level, which is at a higher rpm.

With this verification of speed, Christian von Koenigsegg is even more confident that the Koenigsegg CCR is capable of reaching its projected top speed of 395 km/h, or more, in a straight line.

Driver Loris Bicocchi was very impressed by the performance of the car. He feels happy to finally prove the performance of the Koenigsegg. "This test was very important for the customers and owners of Koenigsegg cars. It proves that their belief and faith in the small Koenigsegg Company was well founded".

Filmator documented the record attempt. Filmator is a Swedish filmcrew that currently is making a documentary about the Koenigsegg Company for Swedish television.

The official Test Report is issued by Prototipo, acting as a third party verificator and is forwarded to the Guinness Book of Records for processing.

A pressconference will be held at 12:00 AM on Wednesday March 2nd 2005 at our Geneva Motor Show stand 2053.



Other interesting data from the Nardo test

Max temperatures (in degree Celsius) during 40 seconds of full throttle:
Ambient temperature: 8, Tires: 64, Engine coolant: 91, Intake air after intercooler: 64, Gearbox oil 94 degrees, Engine oil 112.

68 litre of fuel at the start of the test.

Car Set-up:
Standard road car fuel, Standard CCR Michelin tires, Standard ride height of the car, standard engine configuration, standard wheel geometries, standard gearbox, standard clutch, standard brakes, standard over boost pressure from the superchargers.

Test safety equipment:
Roll cage, 4 point safety belts, Fire extinguisher system, logging for data collection.

Comparison chart results at Nardo/Prototipo for Production cars:

1. Koenigsegg CCR 388 km/h (241 mph) :wroom: :eek:
2. McLaren F1 372 km/h
3. Ferrari Enzo 355 km/h
4. Porsche Carrera GT 334 km/h
4. McLaren Mercedes SLR 334 km/h
5. Lamborghini Murcielago 330 km/h

Data was collected from Auto Motor & Sport, The official McLaren web page and from Prototipo for the Koenigsegg data.
 

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The Koenigseg is quite good but...
I Prefer The Dauer EB 110. It has never been tested at the Nardo Track but all around I think it is a better car. Did you see the test to the Koenigseg in the Top Gear show?
 

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I didn't mean to say that the Dauer would reach a higher speed than the Koenigseg, but, top speeds are not exactly the thing I give most importance to in a supersport car like the Dauer and the Koenigseg. That is why I asked you if you had seen the test Jeremy Clarkson did to the koenigseg on the Top Gear Show.

The car is one of the best Supersport cars in the world, but every command is brutal. It's a hard car to drive in the limit.

Make no mistake. I like the koenigseg. I just prefer the Dauer.:D
 

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João Pifre said:
The car is one of the best Supersport cars in the world, but every command is brutal. It's a hard car to drive in the limit.
Yeah, but virtually all the 'feel' settings are adjustable (steering assist, brake bias, suspension height and damping, etc.). Word is that the CCR is actually easier to drive (lighter steering, smoother transmission action, lighter clutch, etc.).

Check out this video of the CCR: Right-click, save as (Big vid - 189 MB. Fast forward to 15:20) :eek:
The shifter action seems much smoother and the steering looks quite smooth.
 

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The Koenigsegg CC was already complitely adjustable. But at what price? Softer controls mean softer performance figures. Look I have no doubt about the Koenigsegg's capacities. I Just feel it in my gut, that The Dauer Bugatti could challange the CCR both on the road and in the Track. Both cars figures Show it. The Koenigseg may have a better top speed but the rest is very close and in some things the Dauer is better.
 

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this puts a spanner in the works for bugatti then? taken the shine off the record and saying you've taken it from mclaren after 12 years
 

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CLK-GTR said:
this puts a spanner in the works for bugatti then? taken the shine off the record and saying you've taken it from mclaren after 12 years
I don't understand what you mean by this. But as I said before. The Top speed record is a great achievment, to me its not the most important. The Dauer is more atractive to me. The top speed of it isn't even known. It's above 360 km/h, If the top speed was the best indicator of how good a car is we would all have the Lotec sirius as our favorite car, wouldn't we?:cool:
 

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João Pifre said:
I don't understand what you mean by this. But as I said before. The Top speed record is a great achievment, to me its not the most important. The Dauer is more atractive to me. The top speed of it isn't even known. It's above 360 km/h, If the top speed was the best indicator of how good a car is we would all have the Lotec sirius as our favorite car, wouldn't we?:cool:
I think alot of the attraction for Bugatti was being able to say it was the car which dethroned the almighty McLaren F1. Now someone else got there first. "The car which dethroned the Koenigsegg" doesnt quite have the same ring to it.
 

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According to the lates issure of Motor Trend (April 05'):

"VW Boss Bernd Pischetsrieder has finally signed off the production version of the awesome Bugatti Veyron. And, yes, it'll have 1001 hp (that's 987 hp SAE net) as promised by Ferdinand Piech when the car was announced back in 2003.
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"We could do more, but we kept it back," says Pischetsrieder. "We can get 1280 horses out of it [8.0 liter quad-turbo W-16]." One of the performance targets for the car was 0-to-186 mph [300kph] in 14.0 seconds."

The full page article has more info on high speed stability issues, looks like the biggest problem is tires that can handle the weight and speed so the car will be limited to 200 on the standard tires, but it looks like there will be special race tires available to meet the higher speed predicted, 252 mph. As far as high speed stability it looks like the Veyron has had alot more wind tunnel time, it might just work in the end. :noSMG:
 

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The Koenigsegg and Veyron will never be as special as the McLaren. Both these manufacturers think that once they've got the high speed record then everyone will revere them as they do the McLaren F1. I don't think this will be the case. Even if McLaren made another, faster F1 it wouldn't be as special. I can't quite put my finger on it what makes it so special but it's top speed only played a small part in it.
 

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CLK-GTR said:
I think alot of the attraction for Bugatti was being able to say it was the car which dethroned the almighty McLaren F1. Now someone else got there first. "The car which dethroned the Koenigsegg" doesnt quite have the same ring to it.
Ah! I get it now. I was not thinking about the Veyron when I wrote the thread. I Don't dislike the Veyron, but it's what Andy-UK says on his thread. Top speed is not the figure that will determine if a car will be revered or not. To me dethroning the MacLaren is not important. I believe that the EB 110 was MacLaren's F1 biggest competitor but it was obvious that the MacLaren had a good advantage over it and I always prefered it any way. Nowadays, the Dauer Bugatti EB 110 is, I believe the car that could come even come closer or even beat the MacLaren on a "one on one".
 

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I got a video where a McLaren runs 391 km/h meassured with some GPS equipment i think...
 

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I got a video where a McLaren runs 391 km/h meassured with some GPS equipment i think...
I saw that vid as well. I'm not sure the speed was a GPS reading, 'cuz if it were I wonder why McLaren never made a big deal out of it.

Regardless, the 391 km/h speed was on a straight road which will always be faster than the speed achievable on a bowl track. We'll have to wait and see where the CCR tops out on a straight.

Another issue is the fact that the current crop of hypercars (Koenigsegg, Zonda, Enzo, Carrera GT, SLR, etc.) are all built with extreme downforce in mind. This cuts down on the top speed. I don't think this wasn't nearly as big a deal with the hypercars from the McLaren's era. Most of what I've read about the McLaren says that it gets rather floaty as you go deep into triple digit speeds. I'll bet the current cars are far more stable at 200+ MPH than the McLaren or the XJ220, etc.
 

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MortenDK said:
I got a video where a McLaren runs 391 km/h meassured with some GPS equipment i think...
Well, that's not quite right. The 391 figure was with the onboard speedometer on the McLaren F1. The speed measure equipment on the VW Ehra facility in Wolfsburg Germany showed "only" 386.7 km/h which makes the CCR faster, only just.
 

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And as for the Bugatti, well look at these figures.

CCR: 1,56 kg/bhp
Veyron: 1,95 kg/bhp

I think the Bugatti will get a hard time, if it ever comes out that is... :hihi:
 
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