Koenigsegg, the Swedish supercar manufacturer, has unveiled the Jesko, a 300mph/482 kmh model that is suiatbelf ro driving on the road. As the Mail Online says, this comes at the same time as Volvo, the better-known Swedish car brand, made an announcement that it is putting a 112 mph/ 180 mph limit on the top speed of all its models from 2020.
But that won’t worry Koenigsegg, which with the Jesko has managed to beat Bugatti, Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren to take the title of the manufacturer that has produced the fastest road hypercar to date. The Swedish firm claimed the milestone achievement with the release of its eighteenth model, officially unveiled for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show.
With 1,578 bhp, the Jesko, which is named after owner Christian von Koenigsegg’s father, uses a five-litre twin-turbo V8 engine to achieve speeds that road drivers could only dream of before. But, it does need some help to get to that top speed. The full 1,578bhp of power is only available when the hypercar has E85 ethanol racing fuel pumped into the 5,000cc motor.
The Jesko is also extremely lightweight, although not in terms of power obviously. The bodywork is a carbon fibre monocoque to keep the wight down, while the V8 engine tips the scales at just 189kg, making it the world’s lightest V-mounted eight cylinder ever. Furthermore, power from the motor is directed to the wheels using a nine-speed ‘Light Speed Transmission’ with three clutches in total, and this weighs just 90kg. Koenigsegg says this advanced gearbox is as smart as it is light and can even learn the driver’s style and select the optimal gear for a corner based on the driver’s previous behaviour.
Joachim Nordwall, design director at the Swedish brand said, “We adopted a ‘shrinkwrap’ approach to skinning this car, using crisp angles and lines to eliminate empty spaces and make the design as effective as possible,” adding, “I’m proud of what we’ve achieved with this car. It’s new, but it’s also classic Koenigsegg.”