The fastest production car around the Nürburgring, at least officially, is Porsche’s 918 Spyder, which late last year was driven around the 12.9 miles of the Nürburgring Nordschleife in just 6:57. Shortly after, McLaren stated that its P1 lapped the ‘Ring in under seven minutes but refused to give an official time, perhaps because it didn’t want to delve deeper into the somewhat dangerous spitting contest.
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Now Koenigsegg, maker of the world’s most powerful car, says it fully intends to set a new production record, first with its 1,160-horsepower Agera R and then again with the lighter and more aerodynamically-honed 1,341-hp One:1. The information was revealed to Car and Driver by Koengisegg founder Christian von Koenigsegg, who conceded that the setting of Nürburgring lap times has become one of the ways makers of performance cars prove themselves.
Koenigsegg was seen testing its Agera R at the Nürburgring earlier this year but the car ended up crashing. According to von Koenigsegg, the team will be back in 2015 for its record attempt. At this point, it’s not clear whether the firm’s official test driver Robert Serwanski will hop behind the wheel for the attempt or whether they’ll hire a ringer.
How fast a time can we expect? Insiders have said a figure “in the 6:30s” is a realistic target._______________________________________