Episode 9 of Drive’s "Inside Koenigsegg" web series is the final episode of what has been a comprehensive and highly informative behind-the-scenes look at the Swedish supercar manufacturer.
Koenigsegg founder Christian Von Koenigsegg has played the role of host of the web series and there’s no better person to know about the intricacies of building a car like the Agera R than the man who founded the company.
In this episode, Koenigsegg takes us through the Agera R’s unique transaxle, a necessary technology for the Agera R, considering its mid-engine, rear-drive setup. Diving into the specifics like the authority that he is, Koenigsegg proceeds to explain the inner workings of the supercar’s transaxle. If you don’t know how the whole thing works, this video is a definite must-watch.
In so many words, the ultimate purpose of the Agera R’s transaxle is to enable the supercar to make the most out of every one of those 1,140 ponies while also ensuring that the car’s handling and reliability isn’t compromised.
Ultimately, the technology used in the development of the Agera R is the culmination of ambition meeting ingenuity. It’s mind blowing to think how Koenigsegg was able to build his brand without the resources of rival brands and still come out with a supercar like the Agera R that, in so many words, is truly in a class of its own.
To recap the entire web series, click past the jump to watch Episodes 1 to 8.
Though the official debut of the special edition Hundra will not happen until tomorrow, YouTube user, Shmee150, managed to shoot a video of the supercar on the Geneva floor. As its name suggests - "Hundra" is the Swedish word for one hundred - this special edition was developed to celebrate the 100 Koenigsegg units built in 10 years.
As the video reveals, the one-off Hundra will feature a carbon-fiber body combined with celebratory, artisan hand-laid and swirled 24-carat gold leaf inlays. The same treatment will also be applied to the interior. No details have been revealed just yet, but we’re sure the 5.0-liter turbocharged V-8 engine will be tricked to deliver more than the standard 1,030 horsepower.
We have no idea how much this car will cost in the end, but we bet it will be something similar to the Lamborghini Veneno , which will also unveiled in Geneva.
It’s only appropriate that the 8th episode of Drive’s "Inside Koenigsegg" web series touches on the heart of what makes the company revered in the automotive world: the 5-liter V-8 bespoke engine that develops a staggering 1,140 horsepower.
As always, Koenigsegg founder, Christian Von Koenigsegg, is the host of the episode where he goes about and explains the inner workings of what makes this engine such a remarkable powertrain. Whether it’s the bespoke ECU unit, the relative light weight of the engine itself, or its flex-fuel capability, Koenigsegg dives deep into the powertrain and in the end, offers a hint of where the company is trying to venture into next.
See, for all of the esteem and acclaim Koenigsegg supercars have had in years, its founder believes that there are still ways to improve the engine with new technologies, not only to make it more powerful than ever before, but also more fuel efficient.
No reminders to hit play and watch, fellas. All of you probably didn’t reach this far before doing it on your own.
Drive channel continues its "Inside Koenigsegg" web series with a new episode that presents the Agera’s electronic brain. In the first episodes we became used to seeing Christian Von Koenigsegg talking about the company’s impressive supercar , in the sixth episode we will see Koenigsegg’s E-Controller Developer, Mattias Rosengren, explain to us "the elegance of the bespoke electronic controllers that comprise the brain and soul of a Koenigsegg." The bespoke electronic system controls how the chassis, suspension, engine and transmission behave.
As a reminder, the 2013 Agera R is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 with twin turbochargers that delivers a total of 1,140 horsepower - a power improvement of 25 horsepower over the 2011 model year. The supercar will go from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds and up to an amazing top speed of 273 mph. Of course, if you were impressed by it, you’ll have to prepare to pay big for one: around $1.6 million.
In the fourth episode of Drive’s ongoing “Inside Koenigsegg” web series, Christian Von Koenigsegg explained how the interior of the Agera R comes together. Now in the fifth episode, it is time to take the supercar to the racetrack.
This time around, however, Christian Von Koenigsegg takes a little break and the man behind testing and tuning every single Agera R produced, Robert Serwanski, comes into the picture. He takes the Agera R onto the racetrack and pushes it to the limit and back – the perfect prep before delivering an Agera R to its owner.
Before you say his job is pretty easy, keep in mind that he has to turn around and tell Koenigsegg engineers where the car needs to be improved, depending on its responses in certain driving conditions.
This is one of those few jobs that nearly anyone could enjoy. Check out the above video and let us know if you would quit your day job for this one.
The video focuses heavily on how Koenigsegg builds the supercar’s innovative lighting system called "Ghost light." This system uses invisible nanotubes and billet aluminum buttons that allow them to illuminate and create a stunning lighting effect, thus its ghastly name.
The development process is, once again, explained by Koenigsegg founder, Christian Von Koenigsegg who explains the entire development process, starting with each separate item and ending with the final product which needs to be "really special and unique, and functional of course!" Quite a remarkable and ingenious system, in our opinion.
Watch this video to learn why the interior details of the Agera R gives it a million dollar feel.
Earlier this year at Top Marques, Koenigsegg unveiled a one-off Agera X . Now, after only eight months since its official debut, the car has been listed on Jameslist and can be yours for €888,888 (about $1.1 million at the current exchange rates). We know Christmas is over, but this can be the best gift for you for the New Year.
This Agera X is Koenigsegg’s chassis No. "88" and the eighth Agera ever built. The supercar features a matte-black exterior paint combined with a white, red and black interior. Under the hood, the Agera X keeps the usual 4.7-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine that delivers a total of 926 horsepower and a peak torque of 811 pound-feet. This engine will rocket the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.1 seconds and allow it to hit a top speed of 245 mph.
The car is currently registered to the Principality of Liechtenstein.
Koenigsegg is celebrating the production of its 100th Agera with the unveiling of the one-off Agera R Hundra — the word "Hundra" is the Swedish translation for "one hundred." This one-off edition is distinguished by a hand-made piping in 24-carat gold, and 24-carat-gold thread embroidery on the seats and dash board.
The model is based on the Agera R , so it features the same exterior body kit, including front and side winglets, and that huge rear wing that provides increased downforce. However, the upcoming Agera R Hundra features a bespoke color trim and carbon-fiber wheels.
Under the hood, the Hundra features the usual 5.0-liter V-8 engine with twin turbochargers that delivers a total of 1,140 horsepower. The car sprints from 0 to 62 mph in just 2.9 seconds and to 124 mph in 7.5 seconds. Top speed for the Agera R Hundra is 273 mph.
Supercar builders like Bugatti and Pagani have made a living building special, one-off supercars for their exclusive clientele. Recently, their Swedish counterpart, Koenigsegg , has been getting some buzz for doing the same.
In the past few months alone, multiple reports about an Agera X , an Agera R BLT and even a Koenigsegg One:1 have surfaced, giving further credence to the growing notion that Koenigsegg is knee deep in its client-customization program.
Guess what? A new variant of the Agera has been spotted lurking the streets of Hong Kong. These photos of what’s being called the Agera S were taken by Ron Alder W Photography and he was kind enough to share them with us.
There’s not much in terms of details surrounding the Agera S, although we’ve been told that the supercar was built by Koenigsegg for countries where biofuel is not readily available. What this means is that owners of this supercar can still enjoy the all of its 1,030 horsepower capabilities by using premium fuel instead of the Agera R’s Flex biofuel capabilities.
As far as color choice is concerned, the Agera S looks to be sporting a sexy jade green color, which if you think about it, is appropriate for a country that holds jade — the jewel, not the color — in high regard.
We’ll continue rolling out more information as it becomes available.
Update 12/3/2012: This review has been updated with higher-quality images and a good look at the sweet rims and massive brakes.
Images used with permission from Ron Alder W Photography
Rumors about a possible Koenigsegg One:1 special edition started to surface on the Internet a few weeks ago. Until now, it has been rumored that its odd usage of the number one in its name is because it will be a one-off model. New details are now suggesting that there will be five units built and that the name has nothing to do with the number of units produced.
In an interview with Cars UK, Christian von Koenigsegg reported that the car’s One:1 name is in fact a reference to its power-to-weight ratio — 1 horsepower for every 1 kg of weight. This means that the next supercar will deliver somewhere between 1,250 and 1,350 horsepower, which is a significant increase over the Agera R’s 1,140 horsepower.
Von Koenigsegg also announced that the supercar is still in its early stages of development and a production date is not set. We anticipate that all five units will be sold on the Chinese market, and the price will be near $2 million.
For now, this is all of the information we have on the One:1. We do, however, have our own rendering of what we think this new hyper car will look like, which you can see above. We’ll keep you updated as more information rolls out.