300mph hypercar arrives at Goodwood

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Headline-grabbing figures are the Jesko’s pièce de resistance
1578bhp hypercar produces 1000kg of downforce; will promote at slightly below £2.three million

This yr’s Goodwood Competition of Velocity is not brief on hypercars, however the newly unveiled Koenigsegg Jesko may turn into essentially the most hyper of all of them. Headlines are an influence output of as much as 1578bhp, as much as 1000kg of downforce and a focused high pace of 300mph. Solely 125 can be produced, with costs set to start out at slightly below $three million (£2.29m) earlier than native taxes.

The automotive was initially unveiled on Koenigsegg’s stand on the Geneva motor present by firm founder Christian von Koenigsegg alongside his father, after whom it’s named. Jesko von Koenigsegg backed his son to start out within the automotive enterprise as a near-penniless 22-year-old, and was visibly moved on the Geneva stand to find the tribute to him.

The Jesko successfully replaces the Agera, sitting on a brand new platform and with a modest improve in dimensions. Energy comes from a closely reworked model of Koenigsegg’s personal V8 engine with a cast crankshaft and twin-turbochargers and an all-new air injection system to chop down on lag. Energy is quoted as 1262bhp when operating on common 95-octane petrol, and as much as 1578bhp when benefiting from the additional cooling impact of E85 ethanol. Peak torque is 1106lb ft. 

We haven’t any acceleration figures – let’s be sincere, we do not really want them – with Koenigsegg saying it plans to promote the automotive in two totally different configurations, one for observe use and one to maximise high pace. That model is concentrating on a 300mph high pace. If delivered, that might be sufficient to make it the quickest road-legal automotive on the planet, breaking the document set two years in the past by a Koenigsegg Agera within the US. 

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The actually intelligent bit is the transmission: a brand new, Koenigsegg-developed nine-speed gearbox with every gear having a separate moist clutch. The result’s the flexibility to swap between any speeds in simply 20 milliseconds and with out the necessity, as in a traditional twin-clutch, for one to be pre-selected. Known as the Mild Velocity Gearbox, Koenigsegg claims a complete weight of simply 90kg. The gearshift will enable a driver to both swap ratios separately or, by holding it for barely longer, to instantly shift to the bottom or highest doable ratio.

Koenigsegg confirmed that the Jesko can be homologated on the market on either side of the Atlantic. With a carbonfibre construction and a minimal of fripperies, it’ll weigh simply 1200kg dry, and 1400kg in absolutely moist street configuration. One of many toys is a “Show Mode”, which opens doorways and the automotive’s clamshell to raised present it off. It additionally will get a steering wheel with an in-built digital show display screen that at all times orientates textual content upright, to make it simpler to learn beneath cornering.

Von Koenigsegg says his firm has already taken 83 deposits on the automotive, forward of its official unveiling. “Be quick if you need one,” he instructed the crowds at Geneva. “We must see what number of are left on the finish of the present.”

Learn extra

Geneva motor present information

Koenigsegg Agera RS breaks its personal Zero-400-0kph document​

Reborn Saab maker groups up with hypercar agency Koenigsegg​


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