Michelin hosts world’s first megacar

Michelin hosts world's first megacar 21st May 2014

The Michelin stand at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed is set to showcase something special to motoring in the form of the world's first megacar.

Making its UK debut between June 26th and 29th will be the Koenigsegg Agera One:1, given its name because it is the first homologated car in the world to run on a single megawatt and have a bhp to kg kerb weight ratio of 1:1. It will take part in the Michelin Supercar Run, marking the first time ever that two One:1 have appeared together.

The car dons a set of bespoke Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres. These are homologated for the road but are designed to deliver top performance on the circuit and are inspired by patented endurance competition technologies. The Michelin Total Performance ethos is to deliver more laps at higher speeds and the Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres are intended to produce just that.

It is expected that the One:1 will be the fastest homologated production car in the world, with simulated testing suggesting that it can reach top speeds of up to 440km/h. This puts it in with a group of vehicles that have succeeded in breaking world records in speed and performance using michelin tyres. The group includes the Koenigsegg Agera R.

Adding to its performance capabilities are the technology that went into the chassis and body, which are made out of carbon that is 20 per cent lighter. It has a Predictive Active Chassis that is controlled through 3G and GPS. The car also has fully active aero with independent left and right front flaps as well as a hydraulic dual plane rear wing. Its 3G connectivity is intended for telemetry, performance, lap times, and a dedicated telephone app.

The One:1 programme was already fully sold before being introduced to the market, this includes the celebration Agera edition which was released to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Koenigsegg.

Posted by Danielle Barge