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The Koenigsegg Jesko breaks the lap record on a Swedish circuit… by accident

A lap record has been broken on one of the longest circuits in Europe with a Koenigsegg Jesko. The pilot didn’t even do it on purpose!

Koenigsegg is famous for its supercars with insane performance. One of the latest, the Jesko (released in 2019), even recently broke a lap record on one of the longest circuits of Europe. At least that’s what the Swedish brand claims. The company published a video on Youtube yesterday to demonstrate this performance.

The circuit in question is not the Nürburgring, which the difficulty and length have made legendary, but the Gotland circuit in Sweden. Located on the island of Gotland, it is less known than its German competitor. But, according to Carscoopsit offers pilots one of the longest tours in Europe with its 7.3 kilometers. And above all, it has recently been the scene of an unusual record for the Swedish brand.

Koenigsegg Jesko smashes lap record on one of Europe’s longest circuits

The Koenigsegg completed the tour of the Gotland circuit with a time of 2:56.97. Obviously no other car had covered this circuit so quickly. It’s the pilot Niklas Lilja who was behind the wheel of the Jesko when he achieved this time. And yet, he hadn’t even prepared to break any records that day!

Koenigsegg was, in fact, carrying out tests on the Jesko. Moreover, the Gotland circuit is not really used by competitors, but rather by drivers who wish to have fun with their car. As in the case of Koenigsegg, automobile brands also use it for testing. Niklas Lilja’s performance with the Jesko remains no less impressive.

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An accidental record

According to Koenigsegg, Niklas Lilja wasn’t even driving to the maximum capacity that Jesko can offer. Which makes the record all the more impressive. The previous best lap time was held by a Porsche GT3 RS Manthey Racing edition. The Jesko beat him by seven seconds.

The fact that the Jesko goes faster is no surprise, however, as it is faster and more efficient than the Porsche. This Koenigsegg creation still develops 1,600 horsepower, thanks to a particularly powerful V8 biturbo engine. When the record was set, however, the driver was only running with 1,250 horsepower.

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