The real reason the Koenigsegg One: 1 crashed at the Nürburgring

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Just a few days ago, a Koenigsegg One: 1 crashed at the Nürburgring. A serious accident that ended with the Swedish hypercar wrecked, although fortunately there were no injuries to regret, only a damaged car, which Koenigsegg has already confirmed will be completely repaired. The One: 1 will be reborn, and will return to the Green Hell to continue his record attempt. But that will be in a few weeks. At the moment, the Swedish brand has already recovered all accident data and clarify everything that happened.

A failure in one of the ABS sensors caused the vehicle to lose control at 170 km / h.

In the recorded video you could see two huge tire marks going down the Fuchsröhre. In the following Adenauer Forst, the hypercar jumped over the protections, the place from where the video was recorded just seconds after the accident (of which there is no video). The real problem with the car was a failure of one of the ABS module sensors. The result was a complete bfront axle lock, at a speed of 170 km / h. With the curve just a few dozen meters away, the accident was inevitable.


The car hit the protections at 110 km / h, flew over them and rotated 180 degrees before landing hard. Luckily there was no overturn, and the Koenigsegg’s carbon fiber monocoque was undamaged. The same cannot be said for the visibly damaged front and rear subframes. At least they are fixable according to the Swedish brand account in an extensive blog post. There was a small fire behindThe result of contact between hot engine components and the bare carbon fiber.

The doors and removable roof were still perfectly functional after the violent accident.

The fire was contained very quickly, and extinguished by the pilot himself with a hand-held fire extinguisher located in the cockpit. All car security systems worked perfectly– The fuel supply to the engine was cut off and the airbags deployed. In addition, there was no leak of hydraulic fluid or fuel, despite the violence of the accident. At the time of the accident, the car had been running for 3 and a half hours at the Nürburgring, in a testing day for the industry.


ABS failure was not detected by the pilot. The warning symbol is small and not very legible, and from the mark they believe that the pilot could not see it clearly. Among the measures taken to prevent the problem from happening again is a review of the ABS fault notices, as their consequences are disastrous, as we have seen. An ABS failure is only noticeable under heavy braking, or on terrain with little grip, being imperceptible in the day to day with the vehicle.

What will Koenigsegg do to avoid problems?

First, will increase the size and intensity of the warning on the digital display of the vehicle, which we can ignore if we are concentrating on driving and wearing a helmet. Second, if one of the ABS sensors fails, the maximum speed of the car will be limited to 100 km / h until the error is cleared from the system by a specialized technician and the sensor repaired. In this way, they ensure that no driver or vehicle is in trouble when faced with an emergency braking.

Source: Koenigsegg
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