Road-legal Koenigsegg Agera XS heading to Monterey Car Week

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Koenigsegg’s 1341bhp Agera RS hypercar is now homologated for US roads, will debut at Californian show

Swedish supercar maker Koenigsegg will be firing up a road-legal version of the Agera RS at this year’s Monterey Car Week. The Agera XS has an eye-watering 1,341bhp emanating from its twin-turbo V8, plus more everyday comfort features than the RS. 

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Monaco Lady Buys First Ever Koenigsegg One:1, Chassis #106

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Female racing driver Carina Lima has purchased the very first Koenigsegg One:1, chassis number #106. The Swedish hypercar has recently been in the news after chassis #107 crashed on the Nordschleife while attempting to set the new production car lap record, only seven examples were built over the course of two years including a prototype, which is this exact car.

The crazy performance figures on Koenigsegg’s website read a 0-400 km/h time in just 20 seconds and peak torque of 1,361 Nm at 6,000 rpm courtesy of the 5.0-liter V8 powerplant. Carina Lima is the lucky new owner of this hand-built masterpiece, and judging from her official racing page it appears to be in good hands.

Here’s what caused the Koenigsegg One:1 Nurburgring crash, according to the automaker

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It all started with a little ABS trouble…

A hyper-powerful, hyper-expensive and hyper-rare Koenigsegg One:1 recently crashed while undergoing high-speed testing at Germany’s Nurburgring. 

Fortunately, the driver wasn’t seriously injured — and Koenigsegg says it’s going to totally rebuild the car, which, amazingly, didn’t sustain catastrophic damage (both of these things are a testament to the company’s engineering skill).

In an analysis posted on its website , presumably to soothe the nerves of all you prospective Koenigsegg One:1 buyers out there (all seven of you), the automaker details exactly what it believes caused the crash. We’ll note that, while this is hardly an independent investigation, Koenigsegg didn’t have to make its findings public — we have no reason to doubt the company’s statement.

It seems the whole thing started with a bad signal from the front left ABS wheel sensor, which apparently caused brake lock-up when heavy braking triggered the ABS system:

“The One:1 experienced front axle brake lock-up at approximately 170 km/h on a section of the track known as Fuchsröhre before hitting the fence at Adenauer Forst at approximately 110 km/h. The impact with the fence launched the car into the air for an estimated 22 meters while it turned 180 degrees before it landed on its left rear wheel and pivoted to land parallel with the fence. The airbags, fuel shut-off and other safety systems all deployed as they were designed to do.” 

Koenigsegg says a dashboard warning light illuminated as soon as the ABS fault was detected, which happened before the segment of the track that demanded ABS-inducing heavy braking.

However, it would have been easy for a helmet-wearing driver to overlook the light in the heat of the moment on a demanding circuit. So, as with many accidents, it seems that a series of faults and errors added up to a big crash.

The automaker continues:

“While the One:1 sustained severe damage to its exterior panels and sub-frames (front and rear), the carbon monocoque chassis and airbag restraint system performed according to design specifications and protected the driver well. Examination of the vehicle at our factory in Angelholm shows that there were no fuel leaks, no oil leaks and no hydraulic fluid leaks whatsoever, which is positively reassuring, given the force of the impact.”

Koenigsegg confirms that the car will be rebuilt, and the information learned in the crash will be used to improve vehicle safety going forward. Hey, that’s why manufacturers test cars, right?

We’re glad everything performed as intended (with, er, the exception of the ABS) and the driver was able to walk away — and, as always, we look forward to seeing what magnificent madness Koenigsegg comes up with next. 

Koenigsegg One:1 Crashes at the Nurburgring During Testing

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These photo reveal what appears to a be a high speed crash, where the 1 of 7 megacar lost control at the Adenauer Forst section, before hitting the guardrail. The impact was so heavy that the hypercar eventually caught fire, which was contained immediately. The driver walked away unharmed, despite the magnitude of the crash. The incident took place today in the afternoon. As it turns out, they were testing various setups for upcoming cars as part of their developmental process.

In a statement released by Koenigsegg, the Swedish car maker has confirmed that the wrecked car will be rebuilt.

The car in question is chassis #107 which was indeed the second One:1 to be made and later showed at Goodwood in 2014. It was also the first One:1 to be privately registered (German customer) and features clear coated carbon fiber and gold stripes while the interior is themed in black.

Revealed at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the Koenigsegg One:1 was limited to just seven units, six customer cars and one developmental unit which has since been sold to a customer too. It was the world’s first megacar, with One:1 reflecting 1 hp per 1 kg of weight. That said, the One:1 produces 1,361 PS and 1,371 Nm of torque from its 5.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8.

The One:1 can reach a theoretical speed of 280 mph or 451 km/h, with a 0-100 km/h time of 2.8s, and 0-300 km/h in a blistering 11.9s.