The story behind the mythical 242 mph Koenigsegg speeding ticket
You may or may not have heard a story about a mystery Koenigsegg getting caught red handed doing an incredible 242mph whilst travelling through Texas on the 2003 Gumball Rally that took place between San Francisco and Miami, but did it actually happen?
The earlier Gumball rallies, mainly before 2006, were notorious for cars travelling at high speeds and a quick Google search will throw up many videos backing that up. In the days before everyone recorded every single second of the day, proof about these sort of claims are hard to come by and lay between people who were there at the time, but this particular story has been floating about for a long time and maybe, just maybe, it holds water.
Before I start, this is just hearsay and may or may not be true, so don't bite my head off.
During the rally, the driver of a Koenigsegg CCR called Arthur Chirkinian was travelling through Texas when he was pulled over for driving at 242mph and inevitably had the car impounded by the police. His co-driver is said to have paid the rather large bail and they collected the car as soon as they could, but with lost time, they had some catching up to do.
Trying to catch up with the bulk of the pack, they tried to make time up, obviously not fazed by the previous speeding incident, and carried or as per normal. While doing so they noticed smoke and steam pouring from the engine bay, meanwhile the heat gauges in the car went crazy. They stopped and found that the radiator cap had gone missing, accusing the police that it had been removed while impounded.
But wait, this is where it gets more interesting...
Being a Koenigsegg, who at the time were a much smaller company than they are now, parts were scarce and near impossible to obtain on a whim. After a quick call to K'egg, they said that the new Volkswagen Beetle featured an almost identical radiator cap which would fit nicely, so Arthur and his friend managed to hitch a ride to a local Volkswagen dealer and purchased a brand new Beetle.
Once they sorted the paperwork out and had the car, they quickly drove it back to where the Koenigsegg had been left to cool and swapped the radiator cap over and filled it back with coolant. Rather than having to bring a Beetle along, they left the car at the side of the road, unlocked and with the keys still in the ignition for somebody else to take.
After all of this, he managed to catch up to the pack later that day while at a stop-off in New Orleans.
Many stories have been floating around but this one seems to be circulating more than the others, but don't take it as gospel.