Believe it or not, it actually has a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio

The digital concept that you see here wasn’t exactly commissioned by Koenigsegg, and there’s a good chance that it won’t find it’s way to production, but it was designed under the supervision of Sasha Selipanov and Christian von Koenigsegg as a graduation thesis for Finnish design Ea Mustonen. It’s called the Koenigsegg Raw, features a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio, and could represent an entry-level model in the lineup should it manage to be green-lit for production.

A FreeValve Engine and a 1:1 Power-to-Weight Ratio

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The Koenigsegg Raw Concept is a three-seater that combines a carbon fiber occupant cell with a Freevalve, three-cylinder engine.

According to the design, the Raw delivers a cool 690 horsepower with a weight of just 700 KG, which means it has the 1:1 power-to-weight ratio that made the Koenigsegg One:1 so special.

That Freevalve engine debuted in a production model earlier in 2020 when CvK showcased the outrageous and cool 1,700-horsepower Gemera – the brand’s first four-seater. The Freevalve engine is so special because it replaces your typical camshaft (what is used to control the engine’s intake and exhaust valves) with electronic actuators, giving more control and better efficiency. With it now being used in other production cars, there’s a good chance that it would be an ideal fit for an entry-level model like the Raw concept that you see here.

2021 Koenigsegg Gemera specifications
Engine Koenigsegg Tiny Friendly Giant Twin Turbo Freevalve 3-cylinder Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) with dry sump lubrication
Compression 9.5:1 - Bore: 95 mm - stroke: 93.5 mm
Horsepower 440 kW (600 bhp) at 7500 rpm, red line at 8500 rpm
Torque 600 Nm from 2000 rpm to 7000 rpm
Engine weight 70 kg
E-Motors Three Electric Motors: One for each rear wheel with 500 bhp and 1000 Nm each and one E-motor on the crankshaft 400 bhp and 500 Nm to power the front wheels (together with the ICE)
Total output 1700 bhp
Total Torque 3500 Nm, including Hydracoup
Max wheel torque 11,000 Nm at ICE 4000 rpm
ICE only range up to 950 km
Electric range up to 50 km
Total range up to 1000 km
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As far as performance goes, any car with a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio is going to be quick in its own right. This Raw Concept, should it reach the prototype (and eventual production form), is expected to reach 62 mph in just about three seconds – not a bad figure for an entry-level model.

Angular Design and Broken Doors

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As you can see from the images, the Raw is so angular that it’s almost boxy. From the side profile, this becomes so clear that it’s painful, but the sloping roof and curved front wheel arches mix things up a bit. It’s unclear how aerodynamic this thing can be, but it’s believed that with the proper venting through the nose and along the sides, the flat front end won’t hamper airflow, and the rear end is, for the most part completely open.

Whether or not a design like this could ever be greenlit for production feels like a long shot, but the design itself was overseen by Sasha Selipanov, the head of Raw Design House and Koenigsegg’s Head of Design since last October.

Reportedly, Christian von Koenigsegg has even approved the design. This doesn’t seem all that odd, as the brand’s traditional wrap-around windscreen and double-bubble roof are there, so it does hold true to at least some Koenigsegg tradition. It’s said to feature active aerodynamics, and there is a “jet fighter afterburner-inspired articulated rear diffuser.”

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The oddest part of all is that the car has dihedral doors, but they open backward compared to the doors on other Koenigseggs.

The Interior is Fit for Drivers and Passengers

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Three-seat designs aren’t new to the supercar world, and they aren’t new to Koenigsegg, either. This three-seat design, however, takes things to the next level. The driver sits in the middle – much like the old-school McLaren F1, with two passenger seats positioned just a bit to the rear. Ahead of the driver sits a digital instrument cluster screen, while a larger screen sits on either side. Now, one of them appears to represent a navigation system of sorts, while the other seems to function as a menu. However, to us, it looks like these can also be used by the passengers for whatever they like.

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The whole cabin feels futuristic as hell, but the two rear passengers do get their own set of cup holders while the driver gets an F1-style steering wheel. Outside of this, the cabin Is rather spartan. All three seats have your typical racing harness and, despite being a smaller vehicle, it actually looks quite spacious for a car of its caliber.

Final Thoughts

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Some outlets are saying that this digital concept could be greenlit for official development, and others are saying that there’s not a chance I hell it will happen. I, too, am on the fence about this as it seems so different from what we usually get from Koenigsegg. Then again, so does the Gemera, and that thing is downright amazing. I would certainly be interested in seeing the car come to life, and I’d be even more interested in driving it. The real question is: how much would an entry-level Koenigsegg with a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio cost?

Robert Moore
Editor-in-Chief and Automotive Expert - robert@topsped.com
Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read More
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