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2016-07-21 08:28

POST-CRASH ANALYSIS: Koenigsegg engineers examine the chassis of a One:1 at the firm's factory in Ängelholm. The car was involved in a high-speed crash in Germany. Image: Koenigsegg


This super rare Koenigsegg One:1 is a write-off following a high-speed crash at Germany's Nurburgring. The R44-million hypercar was undergoing testing at the famous track.

Cape Town - Earlier in July 2016, Wheels24 published a video showing the wreckage of a Koenigsegg One:1  at Germany's Nurburgring circuit. The ruined hypercar is one of only seven built. 

The R44-million hypercar was, according to the automaker, undergoing testing at the track. The driver walked away unscathed but the hypercar, which has one megawatt of power, was a write-off following the high-speed crash.

Car flew 22 metres through the air

Details were sketchy at the time of the crash but on Thursday(July 20) the automaker has released a full "analysis of the Nurburgring accident."

According to the automaker: "A Koenigsegg One:1 endured a severe crash at the Nurburgring Circuit in Germany last Monday, June 18. The accident occurred at approximately 4.30pm, some 3.5 hours into a session of Industry Pool testing that began at 1pm.

WATCH: R44-million Koenigsegg hypercar wrecked in high-speed crash

"The vehicle has since returned to Ängelholm and upon examination of both the car and the on-board telemetry, we have been able to deduce the following:

"The One:1 experienced front axle brake lock-up at approximately 170km/h on a section of the track known as Fuchsröhre before hitting the fence at Adenauer Forst at approximately 110km/h. The impact with the fence launched the car into the air for an estimated 22 metres 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." 

Read the full analysis here. 

Image: Koenigsegg

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