A Koenigsegg One:1 endured a severe crash at the Nürburgring Circuit in Germany last Monday, 18th July. The accident occurred at approximately 16:30 hours, some 3.5 hours into a session of Industry Pool testing that began at 13:00 hours.

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 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.

There was a small fire in the rear section of the car due to contact between the carbonfibre rear panels and the exhaust upon landing. This fire was extinguished by the driver using a fire extinguisher that was located inside the car.

The accident has been traced to a fault with the front left ABS wheel sensor signal.

Data analysis shows that the dashboard ABS warning light was triggered as soon as the ABS wheel sensor malfunction occurred. The small yellow ABS warning light is located centrally in the dashboard but may be difficult for the driver to see when he is wearing a helmet and concentrating on high-speed driving around the circuit. The driver may not necessarily notice any difference in the braking feel as long as he is not near the ABS braking zone, i.e. braking hard enough that it would have triggered the ABS system.

Whilst the ABS warning was activated well in advance of lock-up, data analysis shows that the driver’s brake application at Fuchsröhre was the first brake application in the ABS zone. Hence, it was the first opportunity for the driver to notice the ABS fault through the brake pedal.

Our ABS system, like most, includes a back-up feature where the rear wheels are allowed to continue rotating in the event of an ABS fault that results in the front wheels locking up. Letting the rear wheels rotate instead of locking up together with the front wheels prevents the car from rotating. Instead, the car will continue in a straight line. The system worked to specification, as can be seen by the straight skid marks left by the front tires on the track prior to the car colliding with the fence.

Our engineers spent several hours on Wednesday, July 20th, replicating the fault using a similar car at our factory test track. The left front wheel ABS sensor was disconnected and ABS-level braking force was applied. We found results that were entirely consistent with those experienced by the One:1 at the Nürburgring.

If an ABS fault is triggered in the normal course of driving, the customer would normally take heed of the warning light, stop the car and have the fault attended to. As long as heavy ABS braking is not needed the car will stay fully drivable and most people would drive it to the nearest service facility to have them examine the system. It was our severe misfortune that this fault occurred just prior to the first instance of ABS-braking into a corner during high-speed testing on the world’s most demanding test track.

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 Ängelholm 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.


The carbon monocoque chassis has been examined at our factory in Ängelholm (photographed today, above). The monocoque is intact and will form the basis for the rebuild of the car in the near future, together with the engine, gearbox and many other systems. Both doors were fully operational, opening and closing in their original positions. The removable roof is fully intact and properly aligned.

Given this unfortunate and unlikely situation and given that we have the tools to further enhance our cars’ safety in this regard, we will implement software changes that will be rolled out to all applicable vehicles in the near future.

Modern Koenigseggs already have an Active Systems Warning regime in place. This is a system that is well above all legal requirements. The Active System Warning monitors all active systems in the car – the front aero flaps underneath the bumper, active ride height system, active rear wing and our active rebound dampening. If a fault is triggered in any of these active systems, a flashing light appears on the dashboard along with an ACTIVE SYSTEMS WARNING light. The car is then restricted to 100 km/h until the fault is fixed and cleared in the system. We will act immediately to include the ABS system in this Active Warning System regime. This will have the dual effect of heightening driver awareness of the fault and restricting vehicle output until the fault is fixed.


This incident will not stop us from continuing our intensive testing at the Nürburgring, but it will halt it for some time as the team behind the effort will focus on rebuilding this car before going back again. Today it is a bit hard to say exactly how long that will take but we will do it as efficiently as possible. Will we be back this year? That is also hard to say at this point, but we won’t say a definite ‘no’.

Koenigsegg Automotive AB is committed to building the world’s best performance cars. The world of high performance is inherently dangerous but a critical part of our commitment is making the cars as safe to drive as such cars can be. As is customary with severe Nürburgring accidents, our professional driver was taken to hospital for routine tests. Encouragingly, he was released later the same afternoon. We thank him for his alertness in putting out the fire directly after the impact.

We are also extremely grateful for the level of public support we have received since this incident. It is truly heartwarming.

Stay Tuned!


  1. Comment by Rui China

    Rui China July 20, 2016 at 22:40

    Go ahead, and try onve more. This acident proves that the car is awsome in many Ways. We, the koenigsegg fans, Will wait to see it crush the record. Good Lúck, team

  2. Comment by paulgreyhead

    paulgreyhead July 20, 2016 at 22:41

    An open and honest statement; truly a breath of fresh air from a manufacturer.
    Thank you for posting this.
    Many companies would simply not comment or would give few details.
    Koenigsegg really is a level above other car makers.

    • Comment by Kane Pearce-scott

      Kane Pearce-scott July 20, 2016 at 23:09

      I could not agree with you more, koenigsegg are on a completely whole other level to other car companies, their expertise, knowledge and professionalism is will what makes koenigsegg go down in history.

      • Comment by Mark D'Alessandro

        Mark D'Alessandro July 21, 2016 at 00:45

        I agree with Carlo and Kane Pearce-Scott. This response is one of the reasons I am such a big fan of this car company.

        I cannot wait to see this One:1 rebuilt. More importantly, I cannot wait to see this car smash the lap record at Nurburgring.

      • Comment by photojoesweden

        photojoesweden July 21, 2016 at 11:57

        It’s the Swedish way… 😉

    • Comment by V

      V July 21, 2016 at 12:12

      I 100% agree. In fact, when the crash happened, I wondered how the company would handle it. I thought that the best thing for them to do is make a statement indicating exactly what happened and the mechanical status of the car at the time. And they handled it in that exact way. Any other possible way of handling it would probably not have been ideal. They gave clear and specific technical details as to what happened. Really, it is a breath of fresh air.

  3. Comment by Prashant

    Prashant July 20, 2016 at 22:41

    I must say that as an automotive engineer myself, it is extremely refreshing to see this level of transparency when it comes to accident analysis and vehicle safety mechanisms. ABS can be a tricky thing to get right in a high-performance car, but it looks like the system has been very well-implemented.

    I wish you guys all the best with the rebuild and hope to see pictures of the car back at the ‘Ring soon!

  4. Comment by Christopher Kaufmann

    Christopher Kaufmann July 20, 2016 at 22:48

    We, Koenigsegg fans, appreciate your openness. I think I can speak for many of us in saying that we were shocked to hear about the crash, but we are all very happy that you were able to find the problem and it will serve to make future automobiles even better. Thank you for doing what you do and inspiring all of us.

  5. Comment by Anders

    Anders July 20, 2016 at 22:53

    I’m glad the driver is ok and that you are open with all this. Carry on and create awsomeness!

  6. Comment by Christian Klein

    Christian Klein July 20, 2016 at 22:54

    Right before I’ve read the paragraph about the “Active Systems Warning regime”, I thought about some kind of a system, that could’ve prevent such an accident.
    Good to know, that you have thought about it earlier.. It’s definitly an excelent idea to put the ABS on the list of those active systems.

    Cheer up, folks. Every dog has it’s day.

    Best Regards from Germany,

  7. Comment by Brian

    Brian July 20, 2016 at 23:01

    Amazing to see a manufacturer post such such an update, instead of hiding this information. Bravo CVK. Bravo! 👏🏼👏🏼

  8. Comment by Andreas Hecht

    Andreas Hecht July 20, 2016 at 23:01

    Its awesome to see how u act with it. It is very intresting to read and also very positiv that u show everything to the public. I m sure that most other Supercars Companys wont act like this. Koenigsegg is a amazing Company and my dream would be to work for Koenigsegg one day. Keep the good work up!

    Our greatest glory is not in never falling,
    but in rising every time we fall.

  9. Comment by Kris Singh

    Kris Singh July 20, 2016 at 23:03

    I appreciate the openness and honesty from Koenigsegg. It truly was a freak circumstance. I am glad to hear the car will be back and thank you for sharing the details with us. Best, Kris

  10. Comment by Mohamed Nasr Boughamoura

    Mohamed Nasr Boughamoura July 20, 2016 at 23:14

    Good Work Koenigsegg go ahead and try to break the world record Lap on the Nürburgring

  11. Comment by Mattias

    Mattias July 20, 2016 at 23:18

    One question on that. I know the driver lost ABS function unexpected.
    But should not an experienced driver be able to handle that?
    I mean, almost every race cars don´t have ABS. And to set a record time lap in a Koenigsegg on Nordschleife you need to be very experienced.

    • Comment by Harrison Conyers

      Harrison Conyers July 21, 2016 at 01:35

      Actually, almost all modern race cars have ABS. The reason he couldn’t correct this is because of the speed he was going. This feature was designed for tracks with a runoff or forsake road, but the Nurburgring is an extremely dangerous track. There is almost no room for error.

    • Comment by Bailey

      Bailey July 21, 2016 at 02:20

      Normally yes, But he was expecting the ABS to kick in, and help him take the corner. This didn’t happen, and the normal reaction is to try and stop, which explains the skid marks on the road. If the car never had ABS, he would have been trained without ABS.

    • Comment by Pontus Widman

      Pontus Widman July 21, 2016 at 02:27

      Not sure if I am correct in what Im about to say. With that said, if the driver expects to have ABS breaking in the corner he can go in abit harder then if he wouldnt, so my guess is if he knew they where faulty the speed would be reduced so that he wouldnt need the ABS.

      As I said, just guessing here!

    • Comment by Nick Hadfield

      Nick Hadfield July 21, 2016 at 03:07

      It didn’t cease to function, it locked the front wheels. Nobody could confidently respond to that.

      • Comment by Chris W

        Chris W July 21, 2016 at 10:32

        Yes it locked up the wheels just like any non-abs car would have. The driver should have realized he had no steering ability and started pumping the brakes to mimmick abs operation. Easier said than done yes, but a professional driver should have made that distinction. It may not have prevented the crash still, but it could have turned him away from the wall a little more and minimized it. Everyone makes mistakes and at that speed it would have to be a split second reaction, but I would hope only the highest caliber driver would be in this car.

        • Comment by Andy

          Andy July 21, 2016 at 17:55

          As I read the report, the ABS system locked up the front wheels permanently – i.e. it failed in the closed position. At that point, releasing the pedal would have not released the brakes, so pumping would not have helped.

          And, as an aside, I’ll also praise the openness of the report and Konigsegg. It’s nice for us gear heads to have any kind of window into what goes on within a car manufacturer.

          • Comment by Omar Rojo

            Omar Rojo July 21, 2016 at 20:23

            The ABS didn’t lock up on the ‘closed’ position. What happened was the ABS no longer existed on that wheel, without ABS, the driver reached the next braking point, once driver applied the brakes, with no ABS, any vehicle at a certain speed (+ all variables) will cause a brake to lock up.

        • Comment by Omar Rojo

          Omar Rojo July 21, 2016 at 20:20

          Chris, pumping the brake pedal is no way the same as the ABS engaging – not even close.

          What I do agree with, though, is that as a professional driver, aren’t your eyes both on the track and your dashboard?? (of course while going full throttle on the edge of every mark, there is no reaction fast enough for anything…but)

          Was the team not receiving data while the vehicle was on the track?

          Just the questions crossing my mind after reading the statement.

          Koenigsegg is a one of a kind company, especially coming out with a statement to the public and noting exactly what occurred, unlike many other manufacturers.

        • Comment by Hans G Eriksson

          Hans G Eriksson July 21, 2016 at 20:28

          Have you ever heard of high speed shake ? You are loosing road grip in ms when it happens. The driver prohibited the car from spinning – saved his life …

      • Comment by Martin S.

        Martin S. July 21, 2016 at 23:43

        I have a bit of a hard time to believe that version. Don’t get me wrong, it is perfectly possible that it happenend like that, but it’s easy to say INDIRECTLY, that it was mostly the drivers fault. Let’s assume that the driver is probably a successful racedriver and they are all used to take a glance at the instruments and check mirrors etc. every straight or easy passage like the part to the Fuchsröhre. That means it is very unlikely that he didn’t see the warning signal. And for the ABS, racecars with ABS don’t work like that. The ABS’s task is, to not get a flat spot on the slicks. No racedriver stands on the ABS, it’s just to unlikely. It is easy to see the tyremarks. The tyres were locked for 50-60m. He would have reduced brake pressure. Too many rookie errors to be true. After all the loser in that case, is the drivers reputation. Hopefully we get to see an onboard with telemetry of the crash.

        • Comment by Douglas Erb

          Douglas Erb August 2, 2016 at 06:14

          I do agree that I like the open way the company responded to this incident. However, I think we need to remember that after a certain speed, we cannot expect a human driver to be able to respond to a malfunction in a timely manner. This means that if you want to break the speed record (and you have an incident) you will need a computerized response, not a human driver response. Just saying…

  12. Comment by Graham Manning

    Graham Manning July 20, 2016 at 23:19

    Excellent report of a very unfortunate circumstance. Lots of detail – as has been said, this is all too rare.
    Great to hear the driver was (relatively) unhurt.

  13. Comment by César Castro

    César Castro July 20, 2016 at 23:19

    Reading this open statement is refreshing. It is clear and simple for everyone to understand. That is Koenigsegg setting standards once again.

    I have even greater respect for Koenigsegg as a company. Costumers and employees can’t be anything else but proud. Keep on the great work.

  14. Comment by Cesar

    Cesar July 20, 2016 at 23:26

    Love the fast response. The fact the doors, windscreen and roof are intact and fully functional show how strong the car it. Also glad to hear the car didnt have any kind of fluid lose due to the crash (again carbon fiber doing it´s job).
    A little question, I think that even the Agera RS can beat the 6.57 of the Porsche 918 Spyder, it will not be easier to use one of them instead of the One:1?
    I hope you can return to the Green Hell soon 🙂


    VITTALDEEP JAGDEEP July 20, 2016 at 23:27

    I love the fact that the rear wheels do not lock. And neat that the ABS Failure feature will be added to the ACTIVE SYS FAULT.
    One question can you also improve the ABS Sensor function?

  16. Comment by Bruno Ferreira

    Bruno Ferreira July 20, 2016 at 23:27

    Thank you for the feedback. This is one of the reasons why we are fans of this brand.

    Keep up the good work guys.

  17. Comment by Atharva atre

    Atharva atre July 20, 2016 at 23:35

    Good to see Koenigsegg taking responsibility and being open about the incident to the public

  18. Comment by Michiel

    Michiel July 20, 2016 at 23:40

    seeing that beast injured so badly… hurts…

  19. Comment by Allan

    Allan July 20, 2016 at 23:42

    it’s always the $2 part that causes the many dollars damage!

    • Comment by Daniel

      Daniel August 18, 2016 at 00:02

      A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. 😉

  20. Comment by Carlo

    Carlo July 20, 2016 at 23:52

    I am truly delighted to see an analysis like this. You do not only make the best cars in many ways, you guys also admit and show that nothing can be 100% faultless. Like humans. I really admire the way you analysed (and shared) the accident so you can prevent it from happening in the future. I hope you set the tone for many other company’s, you guys are in the lead! Keep it up.

    • Comment by Garry Sprake

      Garry Sprake July 21, 2016 at 06:06

      Well said Carlo

  21. Comment by Lorens Lin

    Lorens Lin July 21, 2016 at 00:44

    Could you show us the damaged front subframe. I’m very curious to how much impact it took. It was perfectly design as it saved the tub from damage and could be replaced with a new one.

  22. Comment by William Hargen

    William Hargen July 21, 2016 at 01:07

    Keep being brilliant. That car will be rebuilt and destroy some German records. Koenigsegg has built a masterpiece that will live again.

  23. Comment by David rossi

    David rossi July 21, 2016 at 02:00

    Maybe a system like a HUD as seen in vettes since… The 90’s? BMW M cars, etc. would help in a situation like this. Even if the HUD only activates when there is a serious malfunction. It would help helmeted drivers that would otherwise miss the small glowing warning on the dash.

  24. Comment by Dave

    Dave July 21, 2016 at 02:10

    The article stated “June”… The accident happened in July.

    • Comment by Steven Wade

      Steven Wade July 21, 2016 at 06:12

      Too many hours writing! Writer and two reviewers missed that. Well spotted!

  25. Comment by Ragnar

    Ragnar July 21, 2016 at 02:25

    I like how you know pretty much exactly what happened. also I cant wait to see her back again.

  26. Comment by leo vomend

    leo vomend July 21, 2016 at 02:48

    just like when testing a rocket, a failure is as much of a bad thing as it is a good thing, considering the hardware and software and not the humans who thankfully were unharmed, the Koenigsegg crash is the same, bringing forth updates and fixes to problems or possible issues in the future. this not only proves the capabilities of the monocoque and the safety features, but Koenigsegg’s drive to learn and improve at all times. big big respect for the team, the driver, the company and CvK himself for being what we all aspire to be, and what all manufacturers should try to be.
    also this is by far my favorite One:1 and i’m happy it will be rebuilt, stronger and better than before, and maybe even cooler too.

  27. Comment by Randiya

    Randiya July 21, 2016 at 03:50

    Best car ever

  28. Comment by Nickolas Bullington

    Nickolas Bullington July 21, 2016 at 04:03

    The fact that the doors, roof and other movable parts still functioned correctly and were still aligned properly after such an impact, as well as the ability to rebuild the car instead of scrapping it and having to use another car is a testament to the quality of your designs, materials and build. Keep up the amazing work, hopefully other manufacturers can take your lead in quality!

  29. Comment by Si

    Si July 21, 2016 at 05:57

    Your open and honest approach is very honourable. I have never known ANY manufacturer large or small be this open. You listen as was previously proven when TG Stig came off the track you took on board his comment about a rear spoiler. This again was not only a performance but safety issue, clearly you really care about your customers and image.
    Looking forward to seeing you all back soon. 😊

  30. Comment by Kees

    Kees July 21, 2016 at 07:29

    Even Koenigsegg can learn. Perhaps you can display warnings on the windscreen (HUD).

  31. Comment by Pepe

    Pepe July 21, 2016 at 07:35

    It’s really refreshing to see this level of transparency. Keep your chins up and thank you so much for keeping us in the loop.

    If there’s one positive from all this is that the car had a front impact at 110 km/h and got airborne for 22 meters and the driver not only lived to tell the tale; but unstrapped the fire extinguisher, opened the door and put out the fire by himself. In a normal car, and I suspect some steel chassis track cars and eh american tuned british cars let say, the car would typically be folded in half and the driver removed with jaws of life. Some of your italian carbon fibre competition have also suffered less severe crashes and came out much worse at the end of it.

  32. Comment by Janko

    Janko July 21, 2016 at 08:27

    He guys keep on working hard! You are doing an amazing job! Looking forward to see the One:1 break the record. I wish you all the best and you gonna make it!
    #Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
    P.S. you dont fail that often!

  33. Comment by Kaspar

    Kaspar July 21, 2016 at 08:46

    A dude from Instagram said, that he had some info that you broke the Porche 918 record just by testing the car? If that`s true, then i can`t wait to see the full on 100% lap time of the One:1

  34. Comment by Victor

    Victor July 21, 2016 at 08:57

    Indeed!!! That’s how this thing’s should be handles. Straight forward transparency , right to the point and no fear.
    Something we don’t see now days and that for me is really upsetting when we love cars has I do!!

  35. Comment by Han Klems

    Han Klems July 21, 2016 at 09:22

    Thank you for the speedy info and succes with the rebuilt!

    I liked the suggestion for HUD info in warning situations, would be very usefull & fast communication to driver.

  36. Comment by Jaro Krätzig

    Jaro Krätzig July 21, 2016 at 10:20

    Your procedure in handling this situation is absolutely fantastic. This honesty is really rare nowadays, especially in the automotive industry. In my opinion – apart from the costs – these are really good news, because you can prove everybody your attitude and spirit in what you´re doing! Keep going, I wish you all luck.

  37. Comment by mike creswell

    mike creswell July 21, 2016 at 10:46

    Who manufactures those sensors?

  38. Comment by Jarno

    Jarno July 21, 2016 at 11:08

    Would it be possible to e-mail the header-picure in high-res? The one where the One:1 is on the bridge.

  39. Comment by Mihai Stanciu

    Mihai Stanciu July 21, 2016 at 11:51

    What happened to the pilot?

  40. Comment by Nimalan Rajagopalan

    Nimalan Rajagopalan July 21, 2016 at 12:45

    Hey Mr. von Koenigsegg!

    I have to say, this is the first time i have heard of a track-related incident that involved a Koenigsegg. That too a One:1! It was a rather sad heart-in-the-mouth moment for me and probably even more so for your driver. But, as you had mentioned previously, the One:1 would be rebuilt and would be back! Probably not very soon but it would be back anyway!

    I really do sympathise with how much this incident cost you and also if this incident made a lasting impression with you. But then again, in the automotive world, faults and mishaps are not uncommon and in some ways, are an excellent proving ground(no pun intended) for the cars and the company in how safe they are. And the way you handled the incident in a calm, analytical and most importantly, an honest way proves that your company remains among the finest Mr. von Koenigsegg!

    I really look forward to seeing you guys back on the track and tearing the track up with the One:1, taking another shot at the record, which we are all sure that you will get. Let us all know in the earliest once you do! 😀

    Knowing that you will come back stronger than ever,
    Nimalan S. R.

    P.S. :- Was it Mr. Serwanski who drove the car at the time of the accident, or was it Mr. Nygaard? Do let me know! 🙂

  41. Comment by Johan Eriksson

    Johan Eriksson July 21, 2016 at 13:12

    Föredömlig uppföljning.

  42. Comment by asdf

    asdf July 21, 2016 at 13:23

    Good luck team I hope you make it back to the ring this year and crush the record…. only to return again next year to smash it again with the Regera!!!!

  43. Comment by Jim Riley

    Jim Riley July 21, 2016 at 13:27

    Other corporations and their PR firms should use this statement for training. The complete lack of BS is an inspiring way to start my day.

  44. Comment by Robert

    Robert July 21, 2016 at 14:31

    Clear, honest, and open transparency. How refreshing and, sadly, how rare.

    I personally feel it is time to close Nurburgring. The risks to human life are too great at the speeds which are being realized. The course is ancient and far too deadly, but the manufacturers are trapping each other into continuing to use it to one-up each other.

  45. Comment by Dave The Drummer

    Dave The Drummer July 21, 2016 at 14:54

    Astounding stuff. Really amazing. I’m enormously impressed. Tremendous engineering. Excellent work guys, excellent work.

    “Examination of the vehicle at our factory in Ängelholm shows that there were no fuel leaks, no oil leaks and no hydraulic fluid leaks whatsoever…”

    “The monocoque is intact and will form the basis for the rebuild of the car in the near future, together with the engine, gearbox and many other systems. Both doors were fully operational, opening and closing in their original positions. The removable roof is fully intact and properly aligned.”

  46. Comment by Dan Kang

    Dan Kang July 21, 2016 at 18:46

    Fantastic cars and absolutely a great team, Christian and family rest up and have peace of mind we are all behind you!

  47. Comment by th3mindgarag3

    th3mindgarag3 July 21, 2016 at 19:42

    Finally a manufacturer that is actually transparent about their cars’ incidents and gives the technical details. Koenigsegg is truly setting the benchmark in a world where manufacturers lie and cheat *coughs on exhaust fumes* VW *cough*.

  48. Comment by Todor Tomov

    Todor Tomov July 21, 2016 at 21:21

    Thank you for the detailed report. Much appreciated. Are you going to share a video too?

    • Comment by Steven Wade

      Steven Wade July 21, 2016 at 21:58

      Neither photography or video are allowed during Industry Pool due to the presence of prototypes, etc.

  49. Comment by Anoban

    Anoban July 21, 2016 at 22:30

    Such transparency and clear explanation is refreshing and commendable.
    Good luck with the rebuild and hoping to see the car back testing as soon as possible

  50. Comment by Cesar Ivan Sandoval Ledesma

    Cesar Ivan Sandoval Ledesma July 22, 2016 at 03:09

    Thanks for your report. Can’t wait to hear back from you. I’m sure you can run below the 6:57. Cheers!

  51. Comment by Marco Abreu

    Marco Abreu July 22, 2016 at 09:43

    Great too see all is looking good and you at Koenigsegg have such a great oportunitty to make even better cars.
    You´re being awesome in the way you´re dealing with this and learning with all of it.
    Much respect to you Guys, stay humble.
    Koenigsegg is the best

  52. Comment by Stephane

    Stephane July 22, 2016 at 11:25

    Great analysis: that’s a showcase of fine Koenigsegg’s engineering !!

  53. Comment by Mario M

    Mario M July 22, 2016 at 19:13

    Showcase of “modern” cars put Chinese sensor in 2 mil cars, really way to go.

    Driver did the only right thing when you see you are going to crash – always try to make impact with front because it is most strongest part of car, someone without track experience would try to “save” him self and end hitting fence with side of car or end on roof.

  54. Comment by Mario M

    Mario M July 22, 2016 at 19:34

    So this only for fanboys 🙂

    I’m starting to post screenshot of yours honesty 🙂

  55. Comment by Peter Dyrelund

    Peter Dyrelund July 22, 2016 at 21:24

    Think it is a little strange that they explain:

    “Our ABS system, like most, includes a back-up feature where the rear wheels are allowed to continue rotating in the event of an ABS fault that results in the front wheels locking up. Letting the rear wheels rotate instead of locking up together with the front wheels prevents the car from rotating.”

    It can not be seen from the text if the brakes on the rear wheels are totally shut down to prevent the car from “rotating”. If that is the case, the resulting deceleration when locking the front wheels under braking (with the sensor fault) is drastically reduced and the braking distance enlarged, so that the driver will not be able to reduce the speed to a speed suitable for the corner, when he brakes in the latest moment.

    • Comment by Nick

      Nick July 23, 2016 at 18:59

      The text says that this only happens when the front brakes are locked (wich they never should be with ABS working) Only then the rears spin freely to prevent rotation and a possible sideimpact where deformation zones are a lot smaller.

  56. Comment by Xavier van Velzen

    Xavier van Velzen July 24, 2016 at 10:35

    Wow I’m blown away by this transparent communication. Koenigsegg you’ve gained a fan. Sadly not a potential customer! The crash was nothing to be ashamed about, now the press report is something to be proud of.

  57. Comment by gautam

    gautam July 24, 2016 at 15:37

    Transparency is the best engineering & it comes with truth.
    Well done guys.
    Hates off.

  58. Comment by Rickard N

    Rickard N July 26, 2016 at 05:47

    Such transparency and clear explanation is refreshing and eye opening to us. Thanks.

    Keep on trying.

    “You don´t know where the limit is until you passed it”

  59. Comment by jadir rodrigues

    jadir rodrigues July 27, 2016 at 18:48

    Good luck to everyone in the car reconstruction, I Koenigsegg and anxiously await the One: 1 Skimming self at the Nurburgring.

  60. Comment by Charles

    Charles July 30, 2016 at 10:19

    As an automotive engineer in the field of stability controls, I agree with the response from Koenigsegg. What’s not clear is how the wheel speed sensor failed. They have an extremely low incidence of failure (millions of these sensors are utilised on cars around the world), so it’s unlikely to be the sensor itself. In which case, either the bearings allow too much gap during high speed cornering or bump impact to the tone wheel, or they failed to plug in the sensor during re-work. Unless they broke the harness during running, also unlikely. It’s fantastic to have such honest reporting on an incident, but it’s the information left out that usually tells the story.

    • Comment by Steven Wade

      Steven Wade August 1, 2016 at 07:04

      That’s what we were still looking for at the time of printing. Yes, there are millions of them in use with a low incidence of failure per use, but it does happen. It happened on my personal vehicle 4 months ago. Given that the crash damaged the area around the sensor further, it’s hard to determine with certainty its condition before the crash and whether that contributed to the failure, but we’re looking at that.

  61. Comment by Stewy

    Stewy July 30, 2016 at 11:21

    This is why i love this company, open, honest and always looking to improve! Respect

  62. Comment by James McClellan (Mercuryan)

    James McClellan (Mercuryan) August 4, 2016 at 14:30

    Hello, I’d like to suggest a solution to the problem of failure of crucial systems.

    I would submit that there should be audible and more visible alerts for drivetrain, chassis and braking systems and all crucial protective systems, in the event that there are problems with one or more of those crucial systems showing dangerous malfunctions.

    The infotainment screen should flash a couple of times, showing a Warning Message while the audible voice should hypothetically say,”Warning potentially dangerous malfunction of ABS systems. Please avoid any high-speed activities and bring your vehicle in for maintenance as soon as possible”. If this hypothetical system was in place, the driver would have been easily forewarned of the imminent danger and ceased his high speed run and would have brought the car in. I feel this is an easy software upgrade and would be forward thinking and innovative, as to my knowledge, no other car has these kind of preventative systems in place.

    Thank you for your time.


  63. Comment by Mattb

    Mattb August 4, 2016 at 21:33

    Can’t redundancy be added to the sensor configuration? Multiple sensors in the event one fails metrics are still received from another. They weigh grams.

    • Comment by Élio Fernandes

      Élio Fernandes August 17, 2016 at 10:31

      From what i´ve read, they´ve implemented a system that puts the car in a “limp” mode (if you have a diesel, you know what I´m talking about :P). Limits the car to 100km/h if the car has some problem light on or there´s a problem with the car.

  64. Comment by Pete B

    Pete B August 14, 2016 at 06:02

    My initial concern was for the driver . Despite the open and honest report and initial analysis of the crash I was disappointed to have to read the entire article to find out the status of the driver. Obviously , the fact that he was able to extinguish the fire was mentioned early in the article intimating that he was at that time alert . But in my mind a human life comes before a machine !
    To be transparent myself , I am only now reading of this wreck this day so I have absolutely no idea of any other press reports from Koenigsegg regarding the driver and his condition prior to and since this release . Therefore I may be entirely ignorant .

    • Comment by Martin W.

      Martin W. August 15, 2016 at 08:07

      I also reflected on that at first, BUT I had missed to read the blogg-text “KOENIGSEGG STATEMENT REGARDING INCIDENT AT NURBURGRING” published two days earlier, where they directly focused on the driver’s condition.

      To conclude – well done Koenigsegg!

  65. Comment by S. Ole Buchholz

    S. Ole Buchholz August 15, 2016 at 13:27

    Is this the One:1 that has been send out to a customer in Düsseldorf, Germany? It sure looks exactly like that model. I was wondering whether you guys “rented” that model for testing purposes. But I suppose thats probably not what happened.

  66. Comment by Adriaan Laubscher (Flamebo)

    Adriaan Laubscher (Flamebo) August 18, 2016 at 11:46

    Happy to read that it was not a serious problem. Was hoping to be the next test driver, but it seems that is not on the cards. Keep up the good work, hope the car makes it to the Ring soon!

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