Wednesday, March 2nd 2005

Koenigsegg beats McLaren's speed record

The Koenigsegg CCR has now officially beaten McLaren F1’s speed record for production cars.

The Koenigsegg CCR

The new speed record (387.87 km/h or 241.02 mph) was set two days ago at the Nardo Prototipo track, which is a 12.5 km (7.8 miles) long, circular track. The McLaren F1 set the previous record (386.7 km/h or 240.3 mph) on the VW Ehra facility in Germany, a 9 km (5.6 mile) straight track, which makes the Koenigsegg’s feat even more impressive.

I wonder how fast the CCR would go if driven in a straight line? Why didn’t they just take it to the VW Ehra track straight away, and have it done with? With the Bugatti Veyron lurking in the shadows, Koenigsegg had better get their act together if they want to hold on to the speed record for more than just a year or two.

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