A Pair of Jet Engines Looks Eerily at Home on the Koenigsegg Jesko
Someone thought of slapping the Swedish hypercar with two jet engines via pixel manipulationby Tudor Rus, on
Here’s an original idea that nobody thought about before: slapping the world’s hypercars with jet engines through pixel manipulation, just for the fun of it.
This might come as a surprise, but it’s not often that we get to see hypercars (or regular cars, for that matter) fitted with the kind of hardware you’d expect to see on Star Wars-inspired battleship. I mean, sure, Porsche did have a go at designing a starship for the latest Star Wars installment ‘The Rise of the Skywalker,’ but that’s a totally different story than simply attaching two jet engines on the back of one of the most revered hypercars out there. Instagram user @plastiliner had this crazy idea, and we’re applauding it.
Those Jet Engines Look Incredibly Cool on the Koenigsegg Jesko
Well, that’s due to the fact that the Koenigsegg Jesko itself looks incredibly cool. Of course, credit must also go to the designer because we’ve seen so many bad renderings on so many occasions in a context that wasn’t as demanding as actually making two jet engines look good on the back of a hypercar.
That doesn’t mean the eccentric change came naturally. You see, when Koenigsegg designed the Jesko, it went back to the drawing board because it wanted the hypercar to offer blistering on-track performance - those are actually Koenigsegg’s own words, by the way.
So, to serve that purpose, the Swedish carmaker’s designers came up with a new front splitter, a new rear diffuser, and a new boomerang-shape, double-profile active rear wing. The latter is by far the most spectacular component fitted to the Jesko (it also acts as an air brake, in case you were wondering), so it would have been a shame to see it completely gone to make room for the jet engines.
Luckily, the digital artist managed to keep the rear wing, albeit with slight modifications. As you can see, the arms attaching it to the car are now much smaller, and they’re positioned more towards the roof of the Jesko because the original wing’s arms are now tasked with holding the said jet engines.
Koenigsegg Has a Close Connection to the World of Aviation
In 1998, four years after its inception, Koenigsegg swapped the original workshop for a larger location, in a town called Margretetorp.
Sadly, the building’s thatched roof caught fire in February 2003 and was destroyed in the process, together with many company records, but Koenigsegg’s staff managed to get all the cars out unharmed. The same year, Koenigsegg moved to its current headquarters in Angelholm, Sweden, in a building that used to be the home of the Swedish Air Force’s Jet Squadron No.1 before it got retired. The Swedish Air Force also stored its JAS 39 Gripen fighter jets on location.
After moving in, Koenigsegg kept the place’s significance alive and, at the same time, honors to this day the Squadron by placing a logo showing a flying ghost - the squadron’s insignia - on the engine bay of all Koenigsegg cars built in Angelholm. Which, by the way, are tested and tweaked on a former 1.7-kilometers (one-mile) runway that also supports a race track configuration when needed, thanks to its 50-meter (164-feet) width.
This is where the Koenigsegg Jesko was tested and finely tuned before its debut.
Koenigsegg’s latest hypercar is a technological marvel powered by a re-designed 5.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 that cranks out 1,280 horsepower on standard gasoline and 1,600 horsepower on E85 biofuel, as well as 1,500 Newton-meters (1,106 pound-feet) of torque at 5,000 rpm. All that grunt is sent to the wheels through a nine-speed LST unit (where LST stands for Light Speed Transmission).
The Jesko is expected to hit 60 miles per hour form a standstill in 2.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 300 miles per hour. The hypercar can also generate over 1,000 kilograms (2,204 pounds) of downforce, so we guess it’s pretty fair to say that to take it to the next level you’d had to gift it with jet engines.
|Engine||Koenigsegg twin turbo aluminium 5,0L V8, 4 valves per cylinder, flat-plane crankshaft, double overhead camshafts, dry sump lubrication|
|Bore: 92 mm Stroke: 95.25 mm|
|Sequential, multipoint fuel injection with individual cylinder pressure sensors and back pressure sensors|
|Closed loop individual combustion and lambda control, twin ceramic ball bearing turbo chargers with Koenigsegg response system.|
|1.7 bar boost pressure (2.2 bar with E85)|
|Dry sump lubrication. Carbon fiber intake manifold with optimised intake tracts|
|Tig-welded ceramic coated 0.8 mm wall thickness inconel exhaust system manifold with merge collector|
|Total engine weight: 189 kg|
|OUTPUT||Gasoline: 955 kW (1280 hp) at 7800 rpm, redline at 8500 rpm.|
|E85: 1195 kW (1600 hp)|
|Torque: 1000 Nm from 2700 to 6170 rpm|
|Max torque: 1500 Nm at 5100 rpm|
|Dimensions||Total length: 4610mm|
|Total width: 2030mm|
|Total height: 1210mm|
|Ride Height: 70-100mm front, 75-100mm rear|
|Front lifting system activated: +50mm|
|Fuel capacity: 72 litres|
|Luggage compartments: 100 l front, 50 l rear|
|Dry weight: 1320kg|
|Curb weight: 1420kg|