Because Enzo and Ettore aren't around anymore.
Enzo Ferrari isn't around anymore. Neither are Ferruccio Lamborghini, Ettore Bugatti, Ferdinand Porsche, or Bruce McLaren. So to see the latest from the supercar manufacturers they founded, we have to settle for their successors to show them off. But Christian von Koenigsegg is still very much in the picture to demonstrate his latest creation. And that's just what he's doing in this latest video, which gives us not only the chance to watch the founder get behind the wheel of his newest hypercar, but to see (and just as important, hear) it in motion for the first time.
Koenigsegg's latest, of course, is the Jesko, a mind-blowing hypercar named after Christian's father. It's based on the same building blocks as just about everything else the Swedish manufacturer and its namesake founder have created, but benefits from a quarter-century of Scandinavian hypercar development.
In this latest application, Koenigsegg's 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8 kicks out a massive 1,281 horsepower – or 1,603 on E85 bio-ethanol. The muscle is channeled to the rear wheels through an innovative nine-speed, multi-clutch Light Speed Transmission. And though performance figures have not yet been confirmed, it stands a very real chance of breaking the 300-mph barrier.
This is, after all, the product of the same company that set the record for the 0-400-0 km/h run a few months ago, when it ran the hybrid Regera up to nearly 250 mph and back to a standstill in just 31.49 seconds, beating (by 1.8 seconds) its own record set at 33.29 seconds in the conventionally powered Agera RS. And if Koenigsegg's track record has taught us anything, it's that the next model stands to go even faster. Shame every one of the 125 examples of the Jesko that Christian and company will make has already been spoken for, so videos like this one will be the closest most of us ever get to experiencing one in person – with or without the founder behind the wheel.