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.
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.
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!
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.
Video of the Day: Sit Inside a Koenigsegg Agera RS as it Runs to a Top Speed of 284 MPH
The Koenigsegg Agera RS is one mean machine with a 5.0-liter V-8 that’s good for 1,160 horsepower and, apparently, a top speed of 284 mph. It’s a lot more than just power, though, as Koenigsegg put a significant focus on aerodynamics and weight reduction for better handling and cornering ability. Those aerodynamics include a new front splitter and winglets to go with lower side skirts and an absurd rear spoiler. That spoiler, by the way, develops nearly 1,000 pounds of downforce at just 155 mph. With that in mind, can you imagine how much downforce was being created when the RS in this video managed to hit 284 mph? Let’s just say it has to be utterly outrageous. This isn’t something you want to try at home, folks, but if you do, please try to record it and send us a copy.
Anyway, we’ve embedded the video below. Check it out for yourself, then switch on over to our full review of the Koenigsegg Agera RS to learn more about it!
Video of the Day: The Koenigsegg One:1 Lays The Smack Down On The Bugatti Chiron in Forza 7
The Koenigsegg One:1 and the Bugatti Chiron are two of the fastest and most powerful cars in the world. It’s a shame that we haven’t seen these two hypercars share a drag strip together, but for those who are wondering which of these two exotics is faster than the other, wonder no more. YouTube user Ericship111 lined them up together on Forza 7 for an old-fashioned drag race, and the result may surprise you. The Swedish hypercar thoroughly dismantled its French rival, leaving it in its dust without even batting an eyelash.
Koenigsegg Agera RS Goes Bonkers, Claims Top Speed Title From Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
Seven years after the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport ascended to the throne as the fastest production car in the world, the almighty French supercar has finally - and officially - ceded the throne to the Koenigsegg Agera RS. The Swedish exotic pulled out a stunning display of power and speed on its way to hitting an average top speed of 277.9 mph, easily upending the Veyron Super Sport’s previous top speed record of 267.81 mph.
The record-setting run took place on a closed section of a road located near Las Vegas, Nevada after Koenigsegg reportedly received special permission from the Nevada Department of Transportation to close the road in order to perform the high-speed run. With permission granted, the company made the most out of it in an all-out attempt that had no less than company founder Christian von Koenigsegg in attendance. Video footage of the run even captured the 1,360-horsepower Agera RS hitting 284.3 mph in the second of two runs to firmly establish itself as the new title-holder of the “fastest production car in the world” crown.
And, if there’s still any speck of doubt left surrounding the Agera RS’ record-setting run, the whole episode was documented and recorded by Racelogic with the VBOX HD2 camera. There should be no doubt, then, in the eyes of everyone, including the Guinness Book of World of Records, that the Koenigsegg Agera RS is now the fastest production car in the record books. How long it’ll hold that title remains to be seen, but for now, there’s reason to celebrate over there in Ängelholm, Sweden.
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Koenigsegg Agera RS Smashes Bugatti Chiron Record
Ever since Bugatti unveiled the Chiron, we’ve been anxiously waiting for a new top speed world record for production cars from the French automaker. But, we didn’t get it. Instead, Bugatti set a new record for accelerating from 0 to 400 kph and coming back to a stop, achieving it in 41.96 seconds. Pretty impressive, huh? Well, it was for a little more than a month, because Koenigsegg just smashed that record by a whopping five seconds. Specifically, an Agera RS supercar was driven by Niklas Lilja to 400 kph (248.5 mph) from a standing start and then back to a full stop in only 36.44 clicks.
The record was set on October 1, 2017, at Vandel Airfield in Denmark. The Agera RS took 26.88 seconds to accelerate to 400 kph over a distance of 1,958 meters (1.21 miles, while deceleration took 9.56 seconds over 483 meters (0.3 miles). The total distance used for the 0-to-400-to-0 kph run was 2,441 meters (1.51 miles). During another run, the Swedish supercar hit 403 kph (250.4 mph) and came to a halt after 37.28 seconds, also faster than the Chiron. The Agera RS used for this record is a stock production model destined for delivery in the United States. Powered by the familiar 5.0-liter V-8 rated at 1,360 horsepower and 1,011 pound-feet of torque, the car is equipped with the optional and removable roll cage.
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Flock Of Koenigseggs Show Up In Sweden, Awesomeness Ensues: Video
Sometimes, I think about what it must feel like to own a Koenigsegg. It must be unnerving to be in possession of a supercar that can do things very few of its kind can do. I’ll never get to experience it, but those who do have Koenigseggs must love their cars enough to bring them to Sweden to partake in the automaker’s latest Koenigsegg Owners Tour party. The event was held last July, and as the video prepared by Koenigsegg shows us, a total of 19 Koenigseggs made the trip to Malmo before embarking on a memorable tour around the southern side of the country.
Even better, all 19 cars stopped at the Ring Knutstorp track in Kågeröd to put a few laps in, not minding the fact that it was raining at that time. In the end, the Koenigsegg convoy managed to find their way to Ängelholm, Sweden, the location where the automaker was born way back in 1994. It tells you how much Koenigsegg has evolved over the years when the owner of the company’s first-ever production car, a man named Stephen Rigman, still has his CCR with him. In fact, he was one of the 19 Koenigsegg owners who participated in the event, bringing along his OG Koenigsegg for the trip, joining the likes of the Agera, Regera, and the One:1 in the incredible joy ride. I can’t imagine there being a cooler road trip than this one. Seeing any of the 19 Koenigseggs of various shapes, sizes, and model names is sobering enough in of itself. But to actually be there to witness all of them in one location is what supercar dreams are made of.
Take A Look At Koenigsegg Like You’ve Never Seen It Before
Koenigseggs are some of the most beautiful cars on the planet, so imagine the possibilities if the Swedish automaker partners with Swedish camera maker Hasselblad for a stunning photo shoot. Well, don’t imagine it because it actually happened. Koenigsegg and Hasselblad went on locations in and around Ängelholm in the province of Skane in Sweden to partake in a photo shoot for the ages with a pair of Koenigsegg Ageras serving as the proverbial models.
The shooting took place as recently as May and June 2017, a time that Ming Thein, Hasselblad’s chief of strategy, described as ideal since the weather was more balanced and the natural distribution of light in the environment was more appropriate to the kind of stylized treatment the camera maker was going for. The results, as you might expect, are downright spectacular, a testament to the status of Hasselblad as one of the best in its fields. The production behind it certainly felt that way too, as Hasselblad pulled out all the stops to make sure the photo sessions were worth all the trouble, including using three drones from drone company DJI, one of which is considered the largest photographic drone available on the market today. Put all these pieces together and you have a photo shoot of a lifetime, as you can see from the incredible shots that we’re taken.
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Christian Von Koenigsegg Talks Autonomous Cars: Video
Christian von Koenigsegg is a brilliant, fascinating individual. As the founder of Koenigsegg Automotive, the 44 year-old Swede has created some of the fastest, most technologically advanced sports cars on the planet, including such greats as the world-beating One:1, a car that boasts one horsepower for every kg of curb weight. Managing a spec sheet like that is no small feat, and Koenigsegg himself has been instrumental in coming up with much of the engineering magic that makes his cars such incredible performers. And with that technical mindset comes an interesting perspective, especially when applied to subjects typically at odds with speed and driver engagement – like autonomous vehicles, for example. Our friends over at /Drive sat down with Mr. Koenigsegg to discuss the issue, and the result is this intriguing 12-minute, 30-second video interview.
Unsurprisingly, the interviewer begins the discussion by mentioning Tesla, and Koenigsegg relates his own experience driving on public roads behind the wheel of his personal Model S. Other topics include how autonomous vehicles will change the industry, what skills will be needed in the transition to full autonomy, privacy and data, and how new generations will see cars in the future.
With regards to when we’ll see the age of no steering wheel transportation pods, Koenigsegg has this to say: “I think it’s much closer than people realize.”