Koenigsegg cars

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We’ll start off by noting that if you ever find yourself with the opportunity to drive a supercar, like the Koenigsegg CCR, make sure you respect its power and ease yourself into it. Driving like a complete maniac the second you get behind the wheel is a recipe for disaster, as a group of spectators at Gran Turismo Polonia found out the hard way.

Apparently, a Norwegian driver found himself behind the wheel of a Koenigsegg CCR tried to impress the 60,000’s event spectators a little bit too much.

The details that are currently available allege that the driver switched off the
CCR’s traction control, which was his first mistake. It is evident by from the video that the CCR was too much for the driver to handle, let alone without traction control on, as he lost control of the car just circling to the starting line.

Well, despite the close call at the beginning, the driver chose to continue his asshat-style driving and launched from the starting line at full tilt on the slippery track without traction control. Then, just a few hundred feet later, the inevitable occurred, as he lost control of the CCR and plowed into bystanders, injuring 19 people in the process. Four of the bystanders suffered pretty serious injuries too.

We hope everyone recovers fully and that this driver learned a valuable lesson in the process.

Click past the jump for the video. Keep in mind it contains disturbing images.

We’ve come to know, thanks to Razor TV’s John Lui’s interview with the cast of “Fast and Furious 6”, that cars in Singapore are obscenely expensive.

But that doesn’t mean you’re going to see a dearth of these vehicles in that country. See, Singapore’s pretty rich and a lot of the people there have some full pockets.

Including, apparently, one Ms. Angela Tan.

Not only does she have deep pockets, but Tan also has a fine taste in exotics, which is especially evident after she plopped down a cool SGD$5.3 million for the chance to own the 2013 Koenigsegg Agera S . To help you out a little, that’s around $4.2 million based on current exchange rates.

Angela Tan’s Agera S was officially unveiled at the Ritz Carlton Millenia over the weekend, which was attended by some 200 lucky VIPs. None of them, it seems, is luckier than Angela Tan, who now has the distinction of owning the most expensive car ever sold in Singapore.

Click past the jump to read about the Koenigsegg Agera S

Source: TeamSpeed
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At the end of 2012, rumors swirled that Koenigsegg will develop a special One:1 edition for the Chinese market, but nothing else was heard on this new supercar since then. Today, however, new images of the car have surfaced online, and even though they are just renderings, they offer a few more details on the next One:1.

The new One:1 supercar will be developed in cooperation with FFF Automobile, China’s most famous supercar dealer. Rumors suggest that under the hood it will get a 5.0-liter V-8 engine with an output of about 1,400 horsepower.

You can see that these renderings are painted brown, but they will be gold on the production cars. Also, this new rendering suggest the production car will get a central exhaust pipe and not a twin-pipe one.

Expect to see the new Koenigsegg One:1 unveiled in November at the 2013 Guangzhou Auto Show - one of the richest in China and a supercar haven.

Click past the jump to read more about the Koenigsegg One: 1.

Source: CarNewsChina
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Koenigsegg does things a little differently than the other hypercar makes, and the world is better for it. Engineering mastermind and company founder Christian Von Koenigsegg’s dream of the perfect hypercar is a real, gurgling pack of 100 blood-thirsty savages. His reality rolls out of the company’s aircraft hangar facility and into the dreams of gearheads worldwide.

Skillful tweaking of the Koenigsegg hypercar package leads to the Agera S Hundra, the company’s hundredth customer vehicle and rolling showcase for all that is right in the world. A rough calculation of 10 years in business over 100 cars shows that these stunners aren’t born overnight: in fact, it takes more than 36 days to build each car from scratch. Is it worth it? Oh yes, and then some. This Koenigsegg is every bit as spectacular as the latest Pagani and Bugatti models, and even innovates dozens of clever technical achievements yet to be included by their southern European rivals.

This Agera S Hundra customer car shipped right from Geneva to its new home with a wealthy Chinese gentleman. However, your own version of the Agera S model is available now, with numero 101 baking in the autoclave as we speak.

Click past the jump for the full review of Koenigsegg’s shockingly desirable Agera S Hundra, a full image gallery, and detailed explanations of the key technical marvels that make this Koenigseggs’s best dream car yet.

Koenigsegg Agera S Hundra

The 2013 Geneva Motor Show has been a hypercar-loaded show, there’s no doubt about that, but at the same time, it has been an auto show of contrast. First, there was the long-awaited Enzo successor, which is a masterpiece of design and engineering, if you ask, but with the lame name of LaFerrari . Then there was the P1, a car with a great amount of power, but with a design that does not make it worthy of its name. And finally, there was the new Veneno - the most un-Lamborghini-looking Lamborghini we have ever seen.

However, the list doesn’t stop here. Koenigsegg celebrated 100 cars built in 10 years (what?!) with the one-off edition Agera Hundra , while Pagani decided to improve, not the Huayra , but its sound system.

This seems to be the perfect climate to start making crazy statements, no? Koenigsegg officials claimed at the show, that with all the 2013 improvements, the Agera R can easily beat all the other supercars we saw at the show. The Agera is lighter, more powerful and can hit a greater top speed - at least on paper.

In order to prove its car is better, Koenigsegg will initially take it to Dunsfold, where it claims to obtain a better time than the Huayra - and that on standard road tires.

Cars UK claims this will be just the first step Koenigsegg will take in 2013 in its attempt to prove the Agera R is a superior car.

Source: Cars UK
Koenigsegg Agera S Hundra

In an interview with Jalopnik, Koenigsegg CEO, Christian von Koenigsegg, presented his opinion about the future of automobile engines. Currently, almost every automobile engine uses a camshaft or multiple camshafts to open and close the intake and exhaust valves.

According to Koenigsegg, however, camshafts will be gone in the next decade, or so. He said that his company has been testing a new cam-less engines for quite some time now and that many other companies are also looking for other alternatives. Fiat, for example, is developing electro-hydraulic variable valve actuation technology in its Multiair engines.

We’re not too sure when new prototypes using the new cam-less technology will start seeing use, but according to him a decade seems like a tight deadline. We are all for new technology, but electronic valve actuation and other cam-free technology just seem like expensive ventures to take. But, we’re not engineers, so what do we know?

Source: Jalopnik

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 talks about the internal combustion engines used in the Koenigsegg supercars. In this episode, alongside Christian Von Koenigsegg you will see Urban Carlso. Both they are talking about the company’s Free Valve technology that does not require a camshaft to run. This engineering is pioneered by Koenigsegg for future use, but is already running in a Saab 9-5 test mule.

This system has been developed by Cargine and it simply being called "Free Valve system." It allows the timing of the intake and the exhaust system to be programmed independently. The engine can then "decide" based on driving conditions which one to use to maximize performance. This allows a greater degree of control over the engine which in turn provides significant performance benefits.

It is believed that this system will enter mass production is 12-18 months.

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