Koenigsegg’s Electronic Stability Control Can Protect Even the Dumbest Drivers
It’s hard to ignore Christian von Koenigsegg’s brilliance when it comes to developing supercars. And while Koenigsegg’s more recent offerings such as the Gemera and Jesko Absolut are just enough to blow your mind, one of the brand’s most popular models, although now considered ’old’, still manages to impress.
No, not by violent 0-60 mph sprints or brake-disc-melting decelerations, but by the way it stays glued to the ground and stable when mishandled.
This is What a Real, Entry-Level Koenigsegg Supercar Could Look Like
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.
If You Think Making a Koenigsegg Road Legal Is Easy, Think Again!
Koenigsegg, the Swedish motley crew responsible for some of the world’s fastest road-legal hypercars, is at the forefront of automotive development with its Regera plug-in hybrid and the 240+ mph Jesko that features a nine-speed, seven-clutch transmission. While all this tech took time and a lot of money to develop, the bulk of Koenigsegg’s resources are actually spent during the homologation process and here’s why.
Math Shows Us How Fast the Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut Could Be
We’re back on the topic of Koenigsegg’s radically-looking Jesko Absolut. With all the specs out of the bag, here’s still something we don’t know about the Absolut. And that something is its top speed.
When Koenigsegg dropped the Jesko Absolut online, it was clear about one thing: the Absolut would be the carmaker’s fastest supercar ever as the company “will never endeavor to make a faster series-production road car – ever.” Alright, but just how fast is the new Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut? Well, Koenigsegg’s estimates say 330 mph is theoretically possible, and now here comes Engineering Explained to clear the air for us.
The Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut Has Vantablack-Painted Headlights
We are not going to lie, back when BMW unveiled the X6 Vantablack, we fronwed. Like, a lot. Luckily, that color wasn’t going to be used on road-going cars, at least not as body paint.
It turns out, however, that the Koenigseg Jesko Absolut, the Swedish carmaker’s fastest hypercar ever, features the blackest of all blacks in two very obvious places.
The Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut Might Have An Unbeatable Top Speed
When the Geneva Auto Show was canceled, just about every other automaker stopped what they were doing and started tearing down their stands. Then there was Koenigsegg that continued to build its entire show-worthy outfit. Nobody really understood why until Christian von Koenigsegg kicked off a live presentation from that very booth. That’s when we learned about the awesome engineering feat that came courtesy of the new 2021 Gemera Hyper GT but before that happened we learned a lot about the new Jesko Absolut – a model that aims to be the fastest car Koenigsegg will ever build and one that, apparently, might be able to break not only the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+’s record but the mythical road-car speed of 330 mph.
The Koenigesgg Gemera Is Awesome, But Its Price Tag Certainly Isn’t
This year’s Geneva Motor Show turned into the 2020 Online Motor Show. You all know the reason for that, but it turns out Koenigsegg didn’t want to simply demolish its stand in Geneva and go home.
The Swedish carmaker actually insisted on revealing its cars there - albeit without the cheers of a big crowd. Even more, they’ve invited Top Gear to witness the stunning Gemera mega-GT in the metal, and that’s how we caught word of its price tag.
Cupholders? The Koenigsegg Gemera is the Most Practical Hypercar Ever Built
Koenigsegg unveiled the Gemera, its first-ever four-seater, and basically reinvented the grand tourer segment. Not only because it’s incredibly powerful at 1,700 horsepower, but also because it’s more comfortable than the average hypercar. That’s thanks to no fewer than eight cupholders, plenty of rear-seat passenger room, comfortable rear sets, and easy ingress and egress.
Is Koenigsegg’s 600HP Three-Cylinder Engine The Key To The Survival of the Internal Combustion Engine?
Following years of rumors that it will build a sedan, Koenigsegg unveiled its first four-seater at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. Called the Gemera, it’s a classic grand tourer inside the cabin, but it retains the mid-engined, two-door layout of Koenigsegg’s mainstream supercars.
But while this is an important breakthrough for the brand, the big news here is that the Gemera is powered by a hybrid drivetrain that includes an insanely powerful three-cylinder engine. Yes, that’s not a typo. Koenigsegg built a three-cylinder and it cranks out an amazing 600 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque.
2021 Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut
Koenigsegg wasn’t going to sit and watch all the other carmakers unloading their press releases and picture packs on the internet. No, sir. So the Swedish carmaker dropped what it calls the Jesko Absolut, a supercar that’s based on the Jesko but ups the ante when it comes to aerodynamics and high-speed road behavior.
On-Board Video Shows Koenigsegg Regera Romp Its Way To Record 0-249-0 MPH Run
The Koenigsegg Regera’s record-setting 0-250-0 mph run was the talk of the auto world late last month, largely because the hypercar needed only 31.49 seconds to do it. Not only did the Regera establish a world record, but it did so by shattering the previous record — held by the Koenigsegg Agera RS — by almost two seconds. This new record is the kind that other automakers would die to own, but at this point, it’s become kind of old hat for a company like Koenigsegg. This is, after all, the same car brand that officially owns the fastest production car title record, among other records. The Swedish automaker provided footage of the Regera’s record-breaking run, and while it did look like the Regera could’ve waltzed its way into the record books, the same scene looks completely different from inside the hypercar. That’s the video we’re about to see and it tells a lot from the perspective of Koenigsegg factory driver Sonny Persson, the man who drove the Regera to the record books.
Your car probably has three coats of paint. It has a primer, basecoat, and a clear coat. And, honestly, it is enough to protect the metal and to give your car a lovely exterior hue. However, in recent years, since some manufacturers started creating really expensive vehicles, we are spoiled with some incredible paint options. I remember when Bugatti revealed the Veyron L’Or Blanc. It is a car covered with porcelain. Now, that’s a finish you don’t see every day. Then, BMW sold 30 units of the M3 painted in Frozen Gray. It was a $20k paint option. Owners had to promise BMW and sign an agreement that the car will never be polished or sent to an automatic car wash — talking about the delicacy! Now, however, it seems that all of these paint jobs simply pale in the presence of the astounding Koenigsegg Jesko. Created from no less than 30 coats of paint (Kosilla says 34 coats of paint), the Koenigsegg Jesko’s paint finish may well be the best finish on a car. Ever!
What Can Koenigsegg Accomplish With The Man Behind The Bugatti Chiron?
When Christian von Koenigsegg founded the company in 1994, the aim was crystal-clear: develop world-class sports cars. But since then, that creed expanded to include supercars and hypercars. Today, Koenigsegg is one of the most respected and sought-after brands in the business, managing to keep an exclusivity aura that’s only equaled by the likes of Bugatti and Pagani. Which makes signing a designer that had plenty of input in the concocting of the Chiron a natural move. Certainly not eyebrow-raising. Sasha Selipanov was also part of the design team the penned the Lamborghini Huracán and during his short stint at Genesis, where he worked under Luc Donckerwolke. We’ll get back further down the road, as we have a look at what kind of a contribution can Mr. Selipanov make to Koenigsegg’s design language.
Koenigsegg Throws Serious Shade at Bonhams for Undervaluing a Koenigsegg One:1
Koenigsegg is none too happy with Bonhams for what the automaker believes is a dropped deuce on the auction house’s valuation of a One:1 hypercar. The specific One:1, which once belonged to Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, the Vice President of Equatorial Guinea and the son of Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who happens to be the President of the same country, is part of a ridiculous collection of supercars that were seized by the Geneva Police after the veep was charged with money laundering and unfair management of public interests. In addition to the One:1, the seized collection, which will be auctioned off by Bonhams, also includes a McLaren P1, a Bugatti Veyron, a Lamborghini Veneno, and more than 20 other models. Koenigsegg, though, isn’t concerned as much for the other cars as it is in the auction house’s valuation — $1.8 million to $2.4 million — of the mighty Swedish hypercar. Is the Koenigsegg One:1 worth more than Bonhams’ valuation, knowing that it was probably purchased using dirty money? That might depend on who you ask.
New Hypercar Rules Could See Koengisegg Race The Jesko At Le Mans
We first saw the Koenigsegg Jesko at the 2019 Geneva Auto Show. There, the replacement of the Agera RS, the current world’s fastest production road car, gathered quite the crowd, not least because of the Swedish automaker’s insane performance claims: that the Jesko puts out 1,578 horses on E85 biofuel or that a low-downforce version could reach 300 mph. Soon, though, we may see the Jesko do other things that the Agera RS never dreamt of doing besides traveling at 300 mph, such as going to the races. What races? The ones in the World Endurance Championship.
The Koenigsegg Jesko, a limited-run hypercar that could reset our standards for what’s fast and what’s outrageously fast, is merely the latest proof that Christian Von Koenigsegg and his motley crew means business. The Swedes thought that having a car in their stable that could do 278 mph on a public road (not on a gimmicky oval like Nardo) is not enough and, as such, the Jesko betters the Agera RS in almost all conceivable ways. It’s so incredible that if Koenigsegg does decide to turn it into a racing car, it won’t race with the likes of the Ferrari 488 GTB, the Aston Martin Vantage, the Chevy Corvette and all of the other GTs, instead gunning for the overall honors courtesy of the new Prototype Hypercar rules that will come into effect in 2020.
2020 Koenigsegg Jesko Cherry Red Edition10
As if special isn’t special enough, the 125-unit Koenigsegg Jesko is giving birth to a one-off edition called the Jesko Cherry Red Edition 10. Priced at over $3 million, the Jesko Cherry Red Edition 10 is what happens when you double down on the excess because, well, you can. The one-off hypercar isn’t a direct Koenigsegg special edition; it’s not like, say, the Koenigsegg Agera RS Naraya, Agera R BLT, or the CCXR Platinuss E100. The Koenigsegg Jesko Cherry Red Edition 10 was commissioned by an online luxury car sales portal called Luxuryandexpensive. It’s a fitting name for a company that’s looking to create as much attention to its business as it can. What better way to do it, too, than by ordering a one-off version of a hypercar that could rewrite all types of automotive performance records when it hits the streets in the next few years. Production of the Koenigsegg Jesko starts at the end of 2020. Expect the Jesko Cherry Red Edition 10 arrive sometime after production goes full-swing.
Koenigsegg To Launch an "Affordable" Supercar In 2020 - Here’s How It’ll Do It
Rumors of an entry-level Koenigsegg have been around for some time now, and while the automaker has addressed those rumors in the past, development of the model hasn’t progressed as fast as you’d expect from an automaker that’s known for building the fastest production car in the world. But the time has finally come. Koenigsegg high-volume entry-level model is expected to arrive in 2020 as the Swedish company shifts its focus from building low-volume supercars into the supercar mainstream, all with the goal of attracting new customers to the fold. Details about the “entry-level” supercar are still under wraps, but it is believed that each model will cost between £700,000 and £800,000. That’s around $900,000 and $1 million based on current exchange rates. It’ll still be expensive, but it’s a far cry from the $3 million record-breakers and road-destroyers that Koenigsegg is famous for.
Crash Testing a Koenigsegg is Expensive, So The Company Has a Novel Solution
Every automaker that builds road-going cars has to comply with the same safety standards in every market their vehicles are sold in. That means that even small companies like Koenigsegg must meet the same standards as mass-production companies like Chevrolet, Ford, Mercedes, and the like. Well, for these massive companies, crashing 10 $30,000 dollar cars isn’t a big deal – it’s relatively cheap in the grand scheme of things, and it doesn’t hurt inventory numbers in any way, shape or form. Most companies even allocate a certain number of vehicles to crash testing. For Koenigsegg, though, the company only builds a handful of cars and the process is nowhere near as simple as it is for Chevy to build a Cruze of Mercedes to build an A-Class – everything is custom, everything is expensive, and crash testing even one model could be a very expensive, even disrupting ordeal to the company. But, the solution is really a simple one – Koenigsegg crash tests the same car over and over again.
Okay, so it’s not exactly that simple, but you get the idea – the company crash tests a specific car, then rebuilds it for another run. In doing this many, many times, the company is able to comply with the same crash-testing rules as companies that produce in mass. All in all, the company need just one carbon fiber monocoque to do all crash testing for a new model. As Christian von Koenigsegg put it, "We destroy the bodywork on the outside, subframes, crash members and so on, but not the most integral and most expensive part of the car.” "This is very unusual," he continued. "If you take a large car manufacturer, it’s much cheaper for them to take a car out of the production line, crash it, throw it away, and take another one. In our case, it’s completely different. It’s cheaper to rebuild and repair, smashing the same car."
Apex:One actually got access to some footage from within the bowels of Koenigsegg that shows off the various crash tests the company performed to the Regera. If you’re not completely stunned just by seeing a car of this caliber destroyed – it really is almost tear-inducing – the maybe you’ll be stunned by the realization of just how strong the car’s carbon-fiber body work is. I dare you to go out and pound on your Ford Explorer’s door or hood with a hammer and see how that works out for you. Anyway, go ahead and check out the video below and let us know what you think. It’s pretty amazing, to say the least.