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Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut could reach at least 330mph

Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut could go over 330mph

Perhaps the biggest ever Geneva Motor Show for Koenigsegg was dominated by both the debut of the Gemera, and the fact that its presentation had to be online, due to the show being cancelled over coronavirus fears.

While we touched upon the record-seeking Jesko Absolut hypercar in our cover-all piece, speculation is starting to build around what exactly Koenigsegg’s definitive top-speed machine will be capable of.

We say ‘definitive’ because it will be the last Koenigsegg geared towards top speed. This is a big thing for the Swedish marque; for the last 25 years, its bread-and-butter has been VMAX potential, chasing the McLaren F1 and Bugatti Veyron.

But the pursuit is evolving, from an engineering challenge to a question of safety for Koenigsegg

CEO Christian von Koenigsegg spoke in his Geneva presentation of the dangers of the Nevada run the Agera RS made in 2017, reaching a 284mph maximum and a two-way average of 276mph.

Following on, he said that while the Absolut will be Koenigsegg’s fastest car yet, it will also be the company’s fastest ever car, period. Koenigsegg follows Bugatti in exiting the top-speed race, with the latter announcing its intentions following the reveal of the 300mph+ Chiron Super Sport.

‘Potential to drive faster than 329mph’

Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut could go over 330mph

No doubt, the decision to bow out of the race won’t have been taken lightly, and the company built on engineering and speed will want to take its leave with a bang. 

So what exactly is the Jesko Absolut capable of? Well, in a recent interview with Dina Pengar, Christian said of the Jesko Absolut, that “it’s the Koenigsegg we do that will be the fastest ever. It has the potential to drive faster than 530kph (329mph)”. 

Rumour had it before the Geneva show that the version of the Jesko geared for top speed would look to set a record of 310mph (a nice even 500kph). According to Christian himself, then, that initial estimate was rather conservative.

Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut: the spec

Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut could go over 330mph

Power: 1,600hp, twin-turbo V8

Drag: 0.278 Cd

Downforce: 150kg, down from 1,400kg

Both achieved with: 5,000 hours of CFD refinement

Dimensions: 85mm longer than ‘Track’ Jesko

Gearbox: Nine-speed multi-clutch ‘light-speed transmission’

“We were blown away in testing”

Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut could go over 330mph

Adding to the speculation, in a video with YouTuber Shmee150 Christian claimed that “with this kind of power, with 1,600hp, with this gear ratio and that drag, anyone with a little bit of math skill can check out the rpm limits, and all these factors, to see how potentially fast it can go. We were blown away [in simulator testing]”.

“To prove it a reality, we need to find a road, some friendly policemen that shuts it down, and good weather. We all know how difficult that is. But if we do, this thing is going to prove itself as the fastest Koenigsegg ever.

“We actually don’t have any plans whatsoever to try to drive faster,” he continued, joking that “no one should even do this, in a way. This is the last hurrah”.

Doing the maths

Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut could go over 330mph

So, with the challenge (and the method) explained by Christian, forum members of the ‘Koenigsegg 4 Life’ Facebook group set to doing the ‘math’. Here’s what forum member Clint Domine calculated:

“I calculated that at theoretical top speed…

So V = cube root( 2*power/pCdA)

Where we know [the] following:

Power= 1193120 watts

Cd = 0.278

p = 1.225 kg/m3 (air density)

A = 1.88 m2 (frontal area)

So V = 155m/s or 558kph (346mph)

Now, this doesn’t account for tyre rolling resistance but still, this figure is quite crazy!”

Quite crazy indeed. So Koenigsegg himself said it could “drive faster” than 329mph, and the above calculation, save for the rolling resistance variable, results in 346mph.

Remember that the fastest car in the world just six months ago topped 284mph. Maybe it is time to hang up the top speed overalls, before this gets out of hand…

How Koenigsegg reclaimed the Geneva Show from coronavirus

Koenigsegg Gemera Geneva 2020

‘The show must go on’. So read the messages on all of Koenigsegg’s social media feeds. It was a response to the cancellation of the Geneva Motor Show after the spread of coronavirus proved too great a risk.

With a stand more than three times the size the company usually gets, a potential future record-breaker, plus an all-new car designed to save the internal combustion engine, Koenigsegg decided to steal Geneva back. It’s the last brand standing.

CEO Christian Von Koenigsegg presented the cars on-stand via a live-stream, at an uncharacteristically quiet and crowd-free Palexpo, where the Geneva show was originally to be held. Not letting the lack of flashing cameras or clamouring journalists trouble him, Koenigsegg’s presentation is a masterclass of traditional motor show glamour, pageantry and, truthfully, a little bit of cringe. 

Gemera: the world’s first ‘Mega GT’

Koenigsegg Gemera Geneva 2020

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We’ll get to the Jesko Absolut in a moment. A 300mph+ capable ‘megacar’ it may be, but the Gemera was the main event. ‘Gemera’ is a contraction of two Swedish words, meaning to ‘give more’.

It’s a four-seat, two-door car that Koenigsegg calls ‘the world’s first Mega GT’. It’s something all-new for the marque, and perhaps for the automobile in general.

The ‘Tiny Friendly Giant’ engine

Koenigsegg Gemera Geneva 2020

That’s because the so-called ‘Tiny Friendly Giant’ (TFG) engine features Koenigsegg’s free-valve technology, in production for the first time. The engine is a three-cylinder, 2.0-litre unit with two turbochargers. Diminutive though that sounds, it delivers more than 600hp, with a redline of 8,500rpm. 

The big news, though, is that free-valve tech. With computer control – instead of a solid camshaft – the engine fuel efficiency and emissions improve by up to 20 percent versus a normal 2.0 turbo petrol engine. Independent control of the valves allows faster warm-up and a more efficient idle, too.

Koenigsegg says that it wants to ‘end fossil fuel dependency in combustion engines’. To do that, the Gemera can also run on renewable fuels, including E100, methanol and ‘sun fuel’, and be functionally particulate and emissions-free.

Indeed, Koenigsegg claims that with its state-of-the-art particulate filters and renewable fuel, the car could clean London’s air as it drives around. The synthetic fuel point is one that Koenigsegg really wants to push, as a solution to dirty fossil fuels.

Why is it called the Tiny Friendly Giant? Koenigsegg spoke of how it has a “deep guttural grunt” thanks to the comparatively large capacity for just three cylinders, plus its special Akrapovic exhaust. He called it “a little monster of an engine”. 

Gemera is a 1,700hp AWD hybrid 

Koenigsegg Gemera Geneva 2020

It doesn’t matter how clever an engine is, though. In Koenigsegg-land, 600hp is small potatoes. Fear not, the Gemera benefits from the assistance of three electric motors and four-wheel drive. Two 500hp motors at the rear work with a 400hp crank motor and the TFG. Total functional output is 1,700hp and 2,581lb ft. While the motors at the back allow for full torque vectoring, there’s also clutch-controlled torque vectoring at the front. 

The gearbox is Koenigsegg’s gearless direct drive unit that features in the Regera. Think of it as a really clever combination of a CVT and torque converter ‘box. Rear-wheel steering also helps the Gemera be “steady as a freight train on the autobahn,” while being agile in corners. 

Koenigsegg Gemera Geneva 2020

Why not go full electric? Well, pure electric silence is a big jump from the blood-curdling noise Koenigsegg customers are used to. And that would be a bit too simple, and a bit crude, for Christian. With a target weight of less than 1,900kg, it’s 30 percent lighter than an equivalent EV. All while being functionally as clean and efficient as one.

Koenigsegg said in the stream that “electric cars are great, but there aren’t enough charging stations, and you can’t produce enough adequate cells, quickly enough, for worldwide implementation”. The Gemera is a “parallel track”, offering the best of both worlds.

A practical four-seater GT

Koenigsegg Gemera Geneva 2020

Speaking of the best of both worlds, fully fuelled and charged up, it’ll go for 621 miles. “The only reason you should have to stop, is for your own personal needs,” Koenigsegg joked in the stream. Is there something unremarkable about the Gemera? Well, its electric-only range isn’t game-changing: just 31 miles.

Koenigsegg rather boldly claims that the Gemera has more space inside than any GT car seen before. There’s no need to move the seats when getting in, with the car able to carry four adults in comfort. The driver and front passenger will also find a large Tesla Model 3-style tablet in the middle, and screens working with cameras in the place of traditional mirrors.

Koenigsegg Gemera Geneva 2020

Yes, to allow four people easy entry, the doors are enormous. They open as Koenigsegg doors do, but sensors can detect if they’re about to hit your garage roof or wall, at which point they stop.

What about practicality? Koenigsegg presented the car, with both its rear boot and its ‘frunk’ open, carrying four suitcases in total. Luggage enough for driver and passengers, then.

Jesko Absolut: Koenigsegg’s fastest ever car

Koenigsegg Gemera Geneva 2020

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We almost forgot about the Regera and Jesko. The former is being built, with one car completed every week. The 80-off hypercar will complete its production run soon. Before it bows out, the Regera will also take another crack at its own 0-400kmh-0 record. 

Sandwiched in the middle is the Jesko Absolut. While the Jesko debuted last year, bewinged and ready for track work, the Absolut has the Bugatti Chiron 300+ in its sights. This is a top speed monster, pared back and lengthened, gunning for 500kph (311mph). With 1,600hp and a drag coefficient of 0.278, we believe it’ll do it. 

Interestingly, like Bugatti, Koenigsegg also claimed that it would be the marque’s fastest ever car, and remain so. ‘Absolut’ refers to that status. Koenigsegg will be hanging up its top speed overalls thereafter. 

What was, quite literally, Koenigsegg’s Geneva show has presented a new era for the Swedish marque. The company made famous by speed will now focus its energies on changing the car as a whole.

Opinion: top speed records are still relevant

Speed records are still relevant

Some time has passed since Bugatti broke the 300mph barrier with its special Chiron prototype. Now legitimised as the Super Sport 300+, the limited run has been allocated, finally shutting down all the ‘it’s not a production car’ onlookers.

In that time, I’ve had a chance to mull over the questions we all ask ourselves whenever a new top speed record is set. Do I care? Is it relevant? Does it matter?

There’s the practical side of things where these sorts of achievements are relevant. A car that travels at such speed requires the strongest tyres in the world, the most efficient cooling in the world, the cleanest aerodynamics in the world. All cars benefit from advances in these areas, eventually.

Then there’s the philosophical relevance. A great many online naysayers have said ‘no’, ‘no’ and ‘no’ to all of the above. I did find myself wondering if that was the case. Then I thought back to headline-grabbing top speeds of the past and my reaction at the time.

Speed records are still relevant

In 2005, when the Veyron did the business at 253mph and cemented itself in the history books, it also threatened Year Six friendships as debate raged over whether it was the greatest car ever made.

With the Super Sport in 2010, again, Bugatti reaffirmed itself as the undisputed king of speed, and on top of dominating at Ehra Lessien, dominated whispered conversations during my GCSE graphics class for a week.

Then, when Koenigsegg set a two-way record at 277mph, hitting 284mph along the way, it was a spine-tingling moment. Scenes of Koenigsegg boffins wearing big headsets celebrating in the Nevada desert reminded us of mission control when Mr Armstrong took one small step.

These VMAX figures have a significance beyond all else. Would the McLaren F1 command the respect – and values – it does today, had it not years at the top of the speed tree to its name? What makes the Veyron quite as legendary as it is, besides that world-beating record?

Speed records are still relevant

Let’s look at other metrics by which we measure cars. Acceleration, while impressive, is much of a muchness these days. A decade and a half ago, getting to 62mph in under four seconds was the preserve of the most exotic six-figure machinery.

These days, with the wind blowing the right way, you can do that in a hybridised Porsche SUV or an Audi hot hatch. Some high-performance electric cars are knocking at the back gates of two seconds to 62mph. Pretty soon, the physics of current tyres won’t let them get there any quicker.

That’s not to say I don’t enjoy incredibly rapid modern cars, or the fact that hypercar-level performance in this sense is now widely available. It is, however, precisely the mass production of this performance metric that knocks the wind out of any mythical feel the very fastest accelerators had. Would Formula 1 be Formula 1 if every other road car could set comparative lap times? Not likely.

Speaking of lap times, let’s talk about the Nurburgring. Okay, they’ve never been worth much more than the A4 sheet the press release was printed on, but today, strong performance credentials at the ‘Green Hell’ are less of a commodity than ever before. That Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid, once it’s beaten a 15 year old 911 GT3 to 62mph, could probably munch it round the Nordschleife, too.

Cars have outgrown these units of measurement. They’ve near as makes no difference ‘completed’ them. As such, performance so-measured nonpluses me, at least in comparison to VMAX.

Speed records are still relevant

Top speed is the game that never gets old – the final automotive frontier. More speed is always possible, with more power, cleverer tyres and cleaner aerodynamics. It’s quite literally the very limit of what a car can achieve. It’s that level of performance, and the engineering it demands, that still remains beyond the attainability of mere mortal.

It’s the preserve of a certain calibre of car and a certain calibre of driver. Yes, you can get to 62mph in a contemporary BMW M5 quicker than in a Ferrari F50. What an M5 won’t do, is catch a Veyron at the top end, or a McLaren F1, or a Koenigsegg.

These are cars at the very top of the food chain, headed by that mightily impressive Chiron SS 300. Scoff all you want, it’s the speed king, and it changed the conversation.

Records like this change our silly little car world in ways no other performance metric can. They’re once, twice, three times in a generation, if we’re lucky. Most importantly, it’s the metric that still musters that child-like wonder in all of us. It stretches our imaginations. It reminds us all just how impassioned we are with these machines. 

Speed records are still relevant

I envied the young car lovers of today the day they read the headlines about the Chiron. Then I realised I shouldn’t have, because I remember exactly how it felt, not only from when the past masters did their thing, but because it broke my adult cynicism and mustered that same feeling all over again. Not to mention the heated debates between my colleagues, friends and I.

I was right there with them, along with many others, staring in wonder and muttering ‘wow’ under my breath.

For that, this record, those that came before, and those that are still to come, are invaluable, and more relevant than ever before. It’s a shame, then, that shortly after setting this one, Bugatti bowed out. I do wonder how long that abstinence will last. Over to you, Mr Koenigsegg.

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.”