There is a place that is neither physical nor even too easy to explain. All of us car enthusiasts know how to identify it very well, but we do not have many words to describe it. That’s why I’m going to try to use this simple metaphor: the Olympus of Hypercars.
The challenge here is to obtain the right to be there. But when you get in, the way to stay in, is even more steeper. For this reason, having a company with an adequate portfolio is a necessary but not sufficient condition: you need passion, skills and vision.
It is in this magical place that the new Koenigsegg Jesko was born, with the aim, written in its DNA, to take the legacy of its ancestors and push the limit even further, where few not only dare, but can imagine. Koenigsegg Jesko, named after Christian von Koenigsegg’s father, sets itself the no longer science fiction target of 300 miles per hour.
This number, which is not so impressive when written or pronounced, presupposes a development closer to the aeronautical world rather than to the automotive one, since at this speed there are planes taking off. On the contrary, the car must remain well glued to the ground. Koenigsegg has made us used to innovative technical solutions and this masterpiece will follow the same path.
To explain it in a simple way, the new gearbox uses the principle of the gears of a common bicycle, where the combinations of gears placed in the front and rear, managed by an efficient control unit, allow crazy accelerations. The nine-speed gearbox weighs just 90 kilos and uses a system that helps to select the correct gear to always make the most of the available torque. The components are designed for pure speed and in the “normal” version the Jesko can reach very high levels of downforce on its rear wing which also acts as a brake. We talk about 1000 kilograms developed at 275 km/h.
This huge wing, the largest used by Koenigsegg, has a boomerang shape.
This feature allows to increase the surface area of the wing without being out of the shape of the car. The model that will challenge the 300 miles will have a different aerodynamic package to have less air resistance, they say from Angelholm. With the normal 95 octane petrol, the engine delivers 1200 hp, which can be exploited on the street thanks to the specifically designed tires, able to cope with those high values of torque and speed. This impressive output comes from updated version of the well-known 5.0L v8 supercharged, develop in-house.
The maximum power reaches 1600 hp, feeding the engine with E85 fuel and pushing it up to the science fiction threshold of 8500 rpm. The newly designed crankshaft is flat and weighs just below 13 kilograms, while together with the active engine mounts, there is a new air injection system that pushes it up to 20 bar, to eliminate the turbo lag in the turbines. Another new feature is the steering rear axle which, given the long wheelbase of the chassis to reach over 500 km/h, certainly helps to improve the agility in along bends.
The luxury of the interior is obvious for this market segment, as well as increasingly advanced technologies.
In short, we are now looking forward to seeing it on the road, even though we will have to wait until all the Regera cars already ordered have been produced. Then let’s be patient, and wait for Koenigsegg to gradually release the progresses of this new mechanical divinity.