Being the boss of the wildest car brand in the world has its perks.
It's tough being Christian von Koenigsegg. Not only does the CEO of Koenigsegg have a surname that most people in the English-speaking world would battle to get right on the first attempt, but he also has to endure the terrible task of taking the high-performance supercar manufacturer's latest creations out for a test drive.
The case in point is the Koenigsegg Jesko, an allegedly road-legal mid-engine beast that produces a foolish, illegal-sounding 1,600 horsepower when running on E85 biofuel. It's the sort of output reserved exclusively for something with a Koenigsegg badge on its nose. The video below is a showcase of not only the 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8's scary acoustics, but also shows off the Jesko's carbon-fiber monocoque.
The sound from the high-mounted, central exhaust outlet at around the 01:10 mark is enough to send shivers down Lewis Hamilton's spine. The V8 is claimed to feature the world's lightest crankshaft (at under 28 pounds) and has a rev limit of 8,500 rpm along with a peak torque figure of 1,106 lb-ft. Coupled with a nine-speed 'Light-Speed' multi-clutch transmission, 0-60 mph will be over in around 2.5 seconds and a top speed of over 300 miles-per-hour will be achievable in the right conditions. Humbly, Mr. Koenigsegg chose not to demonstrate these abilities in his test drive.
Designed to be the ultimate road-friendly track car, the decidedly angry and unfriendly-looking Jesko features a wraparound windscreen - appropriate since it seems to be competing with airplanes, not other cars. There are several styling cues from the Regera, including the headlamps and the open design of the rear-end to allow for improved airflow.
The active, twin-step rear wing, an enlarged front splitter, and that wraparound windscreen are some of the keys to the Jesko's brilliant aerodynamics, allowing it to reach its maximum speed, at which point total downforce is over 3,000 lbs. The carbon-fiber monocoque, active rear-wheel steering, and traction control system with a special track mode should all contribute to an electrifying machine to drive.
Thanks to Koenigsegg's Autoskin technology, the doors and hood can be hydraulically opened for 'touchless entry'. Leather, Alcantara, aluminum, and even glass compete for your attention in the dramatic cockpit which gets bird's-eye view parking assistance, power-operated bucket seats, and SmartWheel, a system with touchscreens built into the steering wheel.
Just 125 Jeskos will be built at a cost of $2.8 million each, with initial deliveries for the lucky few expected in early 2021.