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    Koenigsegg Breaks World Record for Production Cars

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    Koenigsegg Breaks World Record for Production Cars

    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.

    Comparison chart results at Nardo/Prototipo for Production cars:

    1. Koenigsegg CCR 388 km/h

    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

    Re: Koenigsegg Breaks World Record for Production Cars

    If this car that broke the record is the same model that goes to the street, it's a fantastic achivement for Koenigsegg.


    J.Seven

    Re: Koenigsegg Breaks World Record for Production Cars

    thank god google converts km/h to mph

    Re: Koenigsegg Breaks World Record for Production Cars

    what about the 9ff 911?

    Re: Koenigsegg Breaks World Record for Production Cars

    They have to be production cars.

    Re: Koenigsegg Breaks World Record for Production Cars

    Quote:
    Moogle said:
    what about the 9ff 911?



    Quote:
    Justin said:
    They have to be production cars.



    9FF is a registered manufactuer/producer in germany, just like Porsche, RUF, any any other car manufactuer.

    Re: Koenigsegg Breaks World Record for Production Cars

    I'm guessing 9ff would have to go through this 3rd party verifier and be recognized as a world manufacturer, and then submit the results to the Guinness Book of World Records for it to be official. Could it have to do with production volume? Not that the CC is mass produced. Probably as similar stories with the SR3 Turbo and Donkervoort Lotus 7, concerning Ring records.

    What do yo think the reason could be?

    Re: Koenigsegg Breaks World Record for Production Cars

    I still have the clip of the McLaren reaching 391kph at the VW test track and that was a very long time ago with only 627bhp. I'm glad it has taken this long to break with an engine over 800bhp.

     
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