It’s long been established that the Bugatti Veyron is an extremely fast car. So fast in fact that the development of the 1200bhp Vitesse version seemed somewhat unnecessary, but build it they did.
Meanwhile, various challengers like Koenigsegg and Hennessy were busy putting their own warp-speed hypercars together. We were lucky enough even to get a tentative first drive of the One:1 when it was brought over for its debut at last year’s FoS, although we’ve yet to sample its marginally less-powerful sibling, the Agera R, which you can see in this video pretty comprehensively out-accelerating a Veyron Vitesse in a ‘rolling’ drag race.
Of course, a drag race tells us nothing of these cars’ respective abilities when it comes to braking, cornering forces, weight transfer and so on. But then again, these kind of cars aren’t about ultimate lap times. A glance at the list of Nürburgring times completed by ‘road legal’ cars suggests that you’re going to need a Nissan GTR, Dodge Viper ACR, Corvette ZR1 or Lexus LFA if you want to get around a track very quickly (… and in a car which also has room in it for other people and some luggage.)
No, the likes of the Veyron and the Agera are about mind-bending speed and acceleration, and here we have a clip of both being run side-by-side. Although on paper the Veyron enjoys a slight power advantage over the Agera, the Swedish car is around 400kg lighter, and that’s a lot as you’re about to see.
It’s clear that the all-wheel-drive Veyron has a traction advantage, but look at what happens when the Agera R gets its act together and lays down all its power. Now bear in mind that the One:1 is more powerful and lighter still than the Agera R …