When Koenigsegg tipped us off about the only two Agera One:1s currently in existence coming on a trailer from Sweden for the Festival of Speed, we had to ask if they’d like to drop by the Goodwood Circuit en-route to give us a sneak peek of what is likely to be (for a while, at least) the fastest road car ever made.
“Imagine a fast car. Now imagine a faster one. Repeat the process until your imagination comes up with something so fast it’s almost unpleasant”
We were chuffed to bits when they said ‘yes’. When they agreed that I could be the first person outside of the Swedish horsepower empire to actually drive it, I almost fell over. Compared even to the triumvirate of Porsche 918, McLaren P1, and LaFerrari, the One:1 is on a different level.
LaFerrari is, on paper, the most powerful and the lightest of the latest breed of hypercars with a ‘dry’ weight of 1255kg and 955bhp. The One:1 weighs 1360kg ‘wet’ and has 1360bhp. On paper, at least, it would be an unfair fight with the Swede bidding the Italian a swift ‘arrivederci’.
Alas, we could only squeeze in a handful of laps, but in that brief time and with a few considered squirts of the throttle, the car revealed itself to be quite simply unlike anything I’ve driven before; the steering betrayed the car’s lightness, the ride was remarkably good, and on the whole it felt perfectly docile …until I opened the taps a bit.
Even at three-quarters throttle, and shifting at 5,000rpm (according to Koenigsegg it can rev to 8,500) it was comfortably faster than every supercar I’ve driven. On the couple of occasions I was brave enough to feel the throttle pedal touch its stop, the sheer, unrelenting ferocity of the acceleration left me speechless.
Imagine a fast car. Now imagine a faster one. Repeat the process until your imagination comes up with something so fast it’s almost unpleasant. That’s the Agera One:1.
Koenigsegg describe it as a ‘megacar’. I’m inclined to agree…