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300mph Koenigsegg Jesko hypercar sells out, but you can still get one

Koenigsegg Jesko sold out

If you want an example of Koenigsegg’s latest world-beating hypercar and aren’t yet on the list to buy one, we have some bad news. Every one of the 125 cars mooted for production, from 2020 through to 2026, is spoken for. 

Yes, even though Koenigsegg has only just started delivering the Regera, four years on from its debut, it has still sold out its latest hypercar, which debuted this month in Geneva. Quite the backlog for a company that has double-figure annual production numbers.

When the Jesko starts being made at the end of 2020, cars will be built at the rate of one per week.

Koenigsegg Jesko sold out

“The new Koenigsegg Jesko is the highest volume production run we’ve ever planned,” said Koenigsegg founder and CEO, Christian von Koenigsegg.

“For it to have sold out within days of its unveiling is both humbling and a wonderful testament to the outstanding crew we have at Koenigsegg. From the visionary work of our designers, engineers and technicians to the incredible job done by our sales team and our global network of Koenigsegg dealers – it took a great team to bring the Jesko to the world.

“We are very thankful for the reception it’s received from the press, the public and of course, our growing family of Koenigsegg owners.”

Indeed, 83 of the 125 cars were spoken for before it was seen at Geneva.

Is it still possible to get one?

Koenigsegg Jesko sold out

What chance of getting one now, then? Obviously, some cars will hit the pre-owned market, but that’s a game of chance. No, you can get in on the ground floor by ‘contacting your local Koenigsegg dealer’.

Allocations have allegedly been bought up by dealers to help those who couldn’t take the plunge at Geneva.

The Jesko club, when it was taking entries, had a £2.2 million entry fee. The car comes with an all-new nine-speed seven-clutch transmission and 1,600hp.

The high-downforce specification brings asphalt-ripping aerodynamics, although the Jesko will also be available in a ‘300’ spec with less aero. Reportedly, it’ll be good for 300mph.

Everything incredible about the new 300mph Koenigsegg Jesko

Koenigsegg Jesko

Koenigsegg has revealed the long-awaited successor to its Agera RS hypercar. You know, the one that smashed the record for highest top speed for a road car, with a cumulative average of 276mph, and a 284mph V-max…

Naturally, the Jesko, as it’s called, is an orgy of engineering, incredible figures and smile-raising stories. Let’s break down the Jesko one megafact at a time.

It can produce up to 1,600hp

Koenigsegg Jesko

On E85, the subtly reworked 5.0-litre twin-turbocharged engine can produce a faintly ridiculous 1,600hp. This, thanks to new larger turbochargers that have their own blown air feed via a compressor and a 20-litre carbon tank, to fight lag.

Also new are the reworked cylinder heads, a 5kg lighter flat-plane crankshaft and individual combustion chamber management. Thanks to catalytic converter heaters and various other tech, it’ll be globally emissions compliant until 2026…

Light Speed Transmission: The cleverest gearbox fitted to any car

Koenigsegg Jesko

What’s putting all that power to the wheels, then? Well, Koenigsegg is known for its clever transmissions. The Regera gets no gears (direct drive) and the Jesko gets nine. Yes, nine gears.

It has a highly compact lightweight design with a lot of internalised components, immediately giving it an advantage over dual-clutch systems. It can shift between any of the gears instantly, sort of like on a bicycle.

How? Well, like on a bike, there are multiple clutches managing six cogs for a total of nine ratios combined. Seventh to fourth? Fine, just nudge a lever two notches and the Ultimate Power on Demand (UPoD) system will select the best gear for acceleration within the Lightspeed Transmission. Yes, that is what it’s called…

Suspension-crushing downforce

Koenigsegg Jesko

The Jesko’s sculpted and evolved bodywork can produce over 800kg of downforce at 155mph, 1,000kg at 171mph and, allegedly, as much as 1,400kg at an as yet undisclosed (and we suspect, untested) top speed.

That’s like sitting a BMW 1 Series on the top of it at a standstill. To cope with the immense forces, the car has a triplex damper at each end to manage the load. The entire suspension system has been beefed up, too.

It’ll do 300mph

Koenigsegg Jesko

There’s a lot of debate around what is the first 300mph car. Could a Bugatti Chiron do it if it was let off its lead? Possibly. Is Hennessy very openly gunning for it, almost building a car specifically to take the title? Absolutely.

The problem is that until any of them do it, none are 300mph cars. The Jesko, as purported by Christian von Koenigsegg, will crack the triple-tonne. With 1,600hp and a low-drag set-up, we’re not here to doubt that it can and based on the marque’s prior track record, we reckon they’ll give it a shot.

That low-drag version is, per Christian’s presentation at Geneva, going under the working title ‘Jesko 300’. Yeah, he’s confident…

It’s a tribute to Christian von Koenigsegg’s father.

Jesko isn’t quite Ragnarok, is it? The latter is a Norse mythological word for the end of the world, the former is the name of Christian’s dad. Jesko it is…

Way back when a wide-eyed and ambitious 22-year-old was setting up his hypercar company, Jesko, his dad, instead of poo-pooing the idea, invested his own hard-earned cash. Through bad times and good, Koenigsegg has emerged triumphant.

The Jesko will be built to 125 units – the longest run of Koenigsegg’s yet – and it carries Jesko’s name by way of a tribute and a thank you. They even kept the name from him until the show stand reveal at Geneva.

Supercars are supposed to have heart and soul and we’re damned if that tear-jerker of a story doesn’t have it in spades. Not that Koenigseggs are particularly cold and emotionless as they are…

The last Ageras

Thor and Vader specials mark end for record-breaking Koenigsegg hypercar

The last Ageras

It’s always a slightly sad moment when a long-lived hypercar dies. We’re reminded of when our childhood dream cars passed on – a sign it was time to grow up. The latest to see its final chassis leave the factory is the Agera series of Koenigseggs.

Debuting in 2010 with the familiar silhouette of the CCs that preceded it, the Agera came with twin-turbo power in place of supercharging, 5.0 litres of V8 muscle, more muscular looks and even bigger ambitions.

It would go on to achieve well beyond 1,000hp, with 2015’s One:1 “megacar” famously delivering one megawatt of power (1,341hp) as well as a power-to-weight of 1,000bhp per tonne (1,360bhp/1,360kg).

The Agera enjoyed the spotlight at one point, oddly, for its high-speed safety, with videos circling the internet of a test driver doing full-bore 0-180mph-0 runs while barely touching the wheel. Incidentally, Koenigsegg also kept Bugatti honest by beating its 41-second 0-248mph-0 record, posting a 36-second run.

Regardless of that, the special editions, the acceleration records and everything else, there’s one record that anyone who grew up wanting a McLaren F1 really cares about.

It’s arguably the Agera chassis’ crowning achievement. That incredible 284mph top speed record – with an official average of 277mph both ways – as achieved by an Agera RS late last year. That’s how a hypercar immortalises itself in our book.

So as Agera passes on, with Thor and Vader Final Edition (FE) chassis taking a trundle around in celebration, let’s reflect on how this once-plucky supercar start-up quite possibly built one of the most iconic hypercars ever made.

The next Koenigsegg

What’s next for Koenigsegg? Well, deliveries of the Regera are ongoing after a healthy development period. The ‘gearless’ machine was mooted by Christien von Koenigsegg as the marque’s vision of a GT car, presumably leaving room for something a little more hardcore.

With the advent of Brabham BT62, McLaren Senna and other such track-honed mega-machinery, will Koenigsegg’s Agera replacement be something aimed more toward lap times rather than outright speed? Time will no-doubt tell.

From the teaser image, it looks like we’re in for something altogether more hardcore right out of the box. On its Instagram page, Koenigsegg said “You know it’ll be epic. You just have to wait a bit to see just how epic it’ll be.”

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Koenigsegg Agera RSN hits 242mph on UK airfield

Koenigsegg Agera RSN hits 242mph on UK airfield

Koenigsegg Agera RSN hits 242mph on UK airfield

The final Koenigsegg Agera RS to be produced – badged the Agera RSN – and an empty airfield. How fast do you think it could go? 200mph, perhaps? Maybe more?

When owner Neil Miller took to the 2.1km track at Kendrew Barracks in Rutland, he managed to hit 234mph with his son riding shotgun. An hour later, Koenigsegg factory driver Niklas Lilja took to the wheel, topping out at 242mph.

That makes it a record for the VMax200 event which takes part at airfields across the UK and gives supercar owners the opportunity to max out their cars.

“The car was strong all day,” said Koenigsegg factory driver Niklas Lilja. “We had to do a little fine tuning on the active rear wing as we progressed through the day so we probably left a few mph on the table for next time. Overall, though, it was a very satisfying event, and a good way to back up the experience we had setting five new world records in Nevada last year.”

The previous VMax200 record of 240 mph was set in 2016 by the Koenigsegg One:1 with LMP1 racer Oliver Webb behind the wheel.

“The car was unbelievably fast and we have a very happy owner here today,” said Koenigsegg UK dealer, Tommy Wareham from Supervettura.

“The One:1 that set a record in 2016 was software-limited to 240, which Oli hit quite early in the run. It’d be an interesting exercise to remove the limiter one day and see these two cars go head-to-head. Either way, it’s a wonderful thing that it took a Koenigsegg to break the record held by another Koenigsegg.”

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Koenigsegg Nürburgring One:1 incident – the aftermath

Koenigsegg: ABS fault caused high-speed Nürburgring crash

Koenigsegg Nürburgring One:1 incident – the aftermathKoenigsegg has revealed a fault with a front ABS wheel sensor was the cause of its severe high-speed smash at the Nürburgring on Monday 18 July – but the Swedish supercar company has said it WILL return to the Nordschleife to go lap record-chasing.

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Because the ABS system was faulty, the Koenigsegg One:1 hypercar locked its front brakes at 170km/h (105mph) going into the tricky Fuchsrohre section, revealed Koenigsegg: its data shows the car hit a fence at 110km/h and was launched into the air for 22 metres.

The car turned 180 degrees, landed on its left rear wheel and pivoted to finally land parallel to the fence.

A small fire followed in the rear section, but this was traced to the carbonfibre bodywork making contact with the hot exhausts: the fuel shut-off system worked as it should, as did the airbags and other safety systems.

ABS alert

So why wasn’t the unnamed driver aware of the fault? Koenigsegg says that a warning light was glowing to say there was a fault with the ABS system – but as it’s a small light located in the centre of the dash, the helmet-clad driver didn’t spot it.

To be honest, they were probably concentrated on other things.

They also wouldn’t have noticed any difference in brake pedal feel – until they activated the ABS. The Fuchsrohre section is one of the first sections on the Nordschleife where ABS is activated…

Koenigsegg engineers took time out at the Swedish factory on Wednesday 20 July trying to replicate the fault: they disconnected the front left wheel ABS sensor and braked hard from high speed. The behaviour of the car exactly matched that of the Nürburgring crash.

Koenigsegg now has the crashed One:1 back in the workshop at its HQ, and today has released an image of the disassembled car. As you can see, it’s stood up to the high-speed crash well, and even both doors could be opened and closed cleanly.

‘We will be back’

The crash hasn’t put Koenigsegg off chasing a new record Nürburgring time either, but the company says it will take some time out to rebuild the car and roll out technical updates that will be fitted to customer cars too.

“Will we be back this year? That is… hard to say at this point, but we won’t say a definite ‘no’.”

Oh, and how is the driver? Fine. He went to hospital for precautionary tests, but was released later the same afternoon. Koenigsegg even thanked him for putting out the fire straight after the incident.

Zero to gone in 10 months: 1,176hp Koenigsegg Agera RS sold out

Zero to gone in 10 months: 1,176hp Koenigsegg Agera RS sold out

Swedish supercar manufacturer Koenigsegg has announced that all 25 of its Agera RS models have sold, just 10 months after it was first revealed at last year’s Geneva Motor Show.

That’s a big deal for a car with a price tag of more than £1 million and the badge of a small-time manufacturer on the front.

Company boss Christian von Koenigsegg said: “I am extremely proud of the Agera RS program. The RS is a classic Koenigsegg, with all the core values and features that the Koenigsegg brand stands for. The performance, road feel and responsiveness are truly amazing and the level of technical sophistication is second to none. It is a true ‘pinnacle’ project that has been wholly embraced by our customers and friends.”

The 1,176hp Agera S sits between the Agera R and One:1 in Koenigsegg’s slightly deranged line-up, powered by a twin-turbocharged 5.0-litre V8 engine. It can hit 186mph in just 14 seconds – or 250mph in 20 seconds.

Koenigsegg says demand far outstripped supply, with cars sold in markets around the world – including the US, Canada, the UK, Japan, China and the UAE.

Production is continuing throughout 2016, with the final cars set to be delivered to customers next year.

Koenigsegg boss: potential 'bloodbath' as people rush to buy electric cars

Koenigsegg boss: potential ‘bloodbath’ as people rush to buy electric cars

Koenigsegg boss: potential 'bloodbath' as people rush to buy electric cars

Koenigsegg CEO, Christian von Koenigsegg, has suggested there could be a ‘bloodbath’ caused by people rushing to buy electric cars within the next 10 years.

As a part of a series of question-and-answer interviews, Koenigsegg said: “A few years ago I said that in 2020, in developed countries, there will be more electric cars sold than combustion engined cars. People thought I was crazy for saying that and there IS a big chance that I’ll be wrong, but let’s put it another way… I think that around that time, the cars offered on the market will be 70-90% combustion engined cars and 10-30% electric cars but people will be walking away from combustion cars in big numbers.”

The manufacturer revealed its new plug-in hybrid supercar, the Regera, at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.

Koenigsegg continued: “There’ll be huge delivery times for electric because people will not want the old technology once they get used to the new. Sales of old technology will go down dramatically. Cars will also be autonomous by then and a family will only need one car because it’ll be picking up and delivering the family members and their stuff all day long.

“There will be a bloodbath, I think. And most of the cars sold by then will be electric. It might be 2020. It might be 2023 or 2027. It might be 30% or 40% instead of 50% but I do think it’s coming and it will only gather momentum when it does.”

The outspoken Koenigsegg boss went on to say that his company would continue to produce cars using conventional combustion engines, carving out its own niche for enthusiasts.

He added: “The electric car will be like a Casio and Seiko for the mass market: efficient, afforable, good. But some connoisseurs will want to have the mechanical complication, the engine scream, the hand built feel. The bespoke nature and uniqueness of a hand built combustion engine.

“It will also be allowed by governments because there will be reduced concern about a vehicle’s threat to the environment. These cars will run on CO2 neutral biofuel, be highly efficient and will be produced in miniscule numbers. Also, they will mostly be used on weekends for a track day or looking for winding road. So virtually zero environmental impact.”

Koenigsegg boss: potential 'bloodbath' as people rush to buy electric cars

Koenigsegg boss: potential 'bloodbath' as people rush to buy electric cars

Koenigsegg boss: potential 'bloodbath' as people rush to buy electric cars

Koenigsegg CEO, Christian von Koenigsegg, has suggested there could be a ‘bloodbath’ caused by people rushing to buy electric cars within the next 10 years.

As a part of a series of question-and-answer interviews, Koenigsegg said: “A few years ago I said that in 2020, in developed countries, there will be more electric cars sold than combustion engined cars. People thought I was crazy for saying that and there IS a big chance that I’ll be wrong, but let’s put it another way… I think that around that time, the cars offered on the market will be 70-90% combustion engined cars and 10-30% electric cars but people will be walking away from combustion cars in big numbers.”

The manufacturer revealed its new plug-in hybrid supercar, the Regera, at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.

Koenigsegg continued: “There’ll be huge delivery times for electric because people will not want the old technology once they get used to the new. Sales of old technology will go down dramatically. Cars will also be autonomous by then and a family will only need one car because it’ll be picking up and delivering the family members and their stuff all day long.

“There will be a bloodbath, I think. And most of the cars sold by then will be electric. It might be 2020. It might be 2023 or 2027. It might be 30% or 40% instead of 50% but I do think it’s coming and it will only gather momentum when it does.”

The outspoken Koenigsegg boss went on to say that his company would continue to produce cars using conventional combustion engines, carving out its own niche for enthusiasts.

He added: “The electric car will be like a Casio and Seiko for the mass market: efficient, afforable, good. But some connoisseurs will want to have the mechanical complication, the engine scream, the hand built feel. The bespoke nature and uniqueness of a hand built combustion engine.

“It will also be allowed by governments because there will be reduced concern about a vehicle’s threat to the environment. These cars will run on CO2 neutral biofuel, be highly efficient and will be produced in miniscule numbers. Also, they will mostly be used on weekends for a track day or looking for winding road. So virtually zero environmental impact.”

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