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As stated in a press release from Koenigsegg, due to the wet conditions on the test track the driver, a shakedown driver from the company, lost control of the vehicle. Initial analysis of the car indicated the damage was limited to mostly bodywork and no structural failure or mechanical faults were found.
Koenigsegg Automotive AB can confirm reports online that a Koenigsegg One:1 was involved in a crash during testing as part of Industry Pool at the Nurburgring on Monday, 18 July. The driver was taken to hospital as per standard procedures in such situations and was released the same afternoon.
Koenigsegg has participated in Industry Pool testing for a week in each of the last two months, working primarily on vehicle setups both for ongoing vehicle development and for an attempt at a Nurburgring lap record at some time in the future.
A Koenigsegg is an extreme performance car and must be tested accordingly. This is an inherently dangerous undertaking that must be conducted progressively and methodically, working point by point on all areas of our highly adjustable vehicles. Our primary concern is always driver safety and any testing is structured and conducted accordingly.
This incident is confirmation of just how difficult it is to drive at this level on the world’s ultimate proving ground. Obviously we are dismayed with this development but pleased that our safety systems worked as designed to protect our driver.
In early 2009 as part of a larger project I began researching Koenigsegg along with some other boutique exotics. I didn’t really know very much about them other than the funny doors (which I couldn’t figure out how they worked). It was not easy to find much information about them but I did discover a Koenigsegg subforum at M5Board.com, which was very helpful (I encourage all fans to seek it out). While researching Spykers I had found the SpykerOwner.com forum, and there the members had a quite comprehensive register of Spyker cars built and identified. It did not take me long to decide that there should be something similar for Koenigseggs; to my surprise, at that time one did not yet exist.
So on April 6, 2009 I posted a thread at the Koenigsegg board that began the Unofficial Koenigsegg Registry. I had only two cars positively identified by VIN. In the years that followed the Registry grew quickly with input from many people. I learned a LOT about Koenigseggs during this time, and grew to love the company as my favorite car brand. Late in 2012 the M5Board ownership changed hands and for a while the Registry was lost. It hadn’t occurred to me how many people were referencing the thread until many people started to ask where it was. So in July 2013 I set about establishing a standalone website for the Registry, and the task of rebuilding and re-collecting the data began.
I really didn’t know what I was in for, as I didn’t have any experience in web design (some will say I still don’t), and I didn’t anticipate how big the job would be. Because the new Registry was going to be much more detailed than the old one. Luckily, some folks I had met during the course of years of Koenigsegg research, stepped up and volunteered their time to contribute.
Today our team is five dedicated Koenigsegg fans in addition to myself, putting together what I humbly believe is one of the better marque registries out there. It would not be possible without my team’s help, and the contribution of folks all over the world. We are nowhere near done yet, as about 30-40% of the cars built still require completed data pages, and there are a lot of other features I have planned that have yet to be built. It does take some time, as we strive for the highest quality, and in between we are still doing our “real” jobs! But we are as dedicated to it as ever.
This is an exciting time for Koenigsegg. It would have been easy to dismiss them as just another start-up with crazy ambitions, and yet 20 years later they are among the world’s most respected brands. It should not be possible to achieve this on such excruciatingly low production volume, yet they have done it, and the arrival of each new Koenigsegg still remains a singular event. We’ll be there to track them all the way!
We hope all of our followers continued to be satisfied with our work. On behalf of myself, J_C, Stephan, Prashanth, Kit and Johan, we thank you for your support. We’ll continue striving to build the best independent reference source for Koenigsegg information that we can.
- The second Trevita was originally allocated in Koenigsegg’s build schedule, but for some reason was cancelled either before or after the start of construction (though obviously after #075 was formally confirmed “3 of 3”, or it wouldn’t carry that plaque), and obliterated so completely from existence that even its allocated chassis number was reused for another car.
- One of the three cars in between #071 and #075 started its life as the second Trevita, but was changed in mid-build.
At Koenigsegg-Registry.net we are working to build a site of record for all Koenigsegg cars, that fans of the brand can use for reference and education. Koenigseggs are so rare that many enthusiasts will never see one in person in their lifetime. Our goal with the Registry is to preserve the legacy of the man’s work for posterity, and to share it for all to enjoy.
We do not have any ads on our website; we don’t have a YouTube channel, and no one has to subscribe to access our content. Webhosting for the site is not terribly expensive, but nonetheless it is not free. We do this simply because we are passionate about Koenigsegg, and share the common goal to put together the best Koenigsegg information site we can.
We’ve worked hard over the last six years to complete the Registry Master List you find on this site. You can be assured that nearly all information that you see online, specifically identifying a particular Koenigsegg by chassis number, has originated from this Registry and the contributors we’ve had. We’re justifiably proud of that, and recognize the work that remains to achieve our goal as I’ve stated above.
On today's sixth anniversary, we stand at about 70% completion of the data pages for each individual Koenigsegg. Rest assured that myself and my dedicated team -- J_C, Kit, Prashanth and Stephan -- are working hard to bring that number to 100% as soon as possible, with the quality of content that we've come to demand of ourselves. We'll be bringing you additional features, and some surprises along the way as well.
Each of us thanks you for your continued support, and as I always say, check back often!