Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut: The world’s fastest car is driven
No, that’s not the approved number: The new Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut should run 531 kilometers per hour – at least in theory. However, it will probably take some time until that happens. But progress is being made: almost a year after the original model of the Jesko Attack series, the first suitable model on the Koenigsegg road Jesko Absolut is now ready. The fastest (theoretically) car in the world is driven!
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In 2019 Koenigsegg introduced a brand new model in Geneva and Jesko. The 1600 hp sports car is named after Jesko von Koenigsegg, the father of the company’s founder Christian von Koenigsegg.
It is offered in two versions: Jesko Attack, which costs at least 2.8 million euros and has its own boomerang back-wing character, is intended to perform on the race track, while Jesko Absolut, which is more expensive at 3.45 million euros. , has only one goal: high speed!
Both alternatives are powered by a 5.0-liter V8 twin turbo. For conventional gasoline, the V8 delivers 1280 hp at a pressure boost of 1.7 bar, and 2.2 bar and E85 fuel should be 1600 hp and 1500 Nm. Power is sent only to the rear wheels using a special nine-speed LST gearbox (LST stands for Light Speed Distribution).
Attraction: transmission can transfer several gears at once without delay, with individual gears being skipped. The 1,320 kg Jesko is designed for running, and you can tell by looking at it – especially because of the powerful back damage.
Aerodynamics is the key to success
Jesko Absolut is quite different: Compared to Jesko’s Attack in the spectacular “Tang Orange Pearl” color, the fast version “Graphite Gray” with subtle orange accents looks even more aggressive. Koenigsegg promises that Jesko Absolut will be the fastest Koenigsegg ever – and he will remain so, as they have no plans to produce the fastest model.
The engine and transmission are similar to the regular Jesko. The key to high speed is in aerodynamics; and it was then that engineers began to make Absolut as simple as possible.
The most surprising thing of course is the lack of back damage compared to the standard version. Instead, two fins – like a fighter jet – should ensure stability at high speeds. In addition, the Absolut has rims and aerodiscs on the rear axle.
To mock the last few miles / h, the covers on the front brackets were removed and the air intake on the front cap was closed.
What is hard to see in the picture: At 4.85 meters, Jesko Absolut is about nine inches taller than the average Jesko at 4.76 meters, which benefits from driving stability at 400 km / h +. At the same time, the weight of the curb can be reduced further, so that the 1600 hp Absolut weighs only 1290 kg.
Jesko Absolut with a drag rating of 0.278
Because of improved aerodynamics, it should be much faster than the Jesko Attack. A few interesting numbers on power reduction: While Jesko Attack with its XXL wing produces 800 kg at 250 km / h and a maximum of 1400 kg of power reduction, the balanced Absolut is said to produce only 40 kg with a maximum of 150 kg. at 250 km / h.
Koenigsegg notes air resistance as 0.278 very good. Achieving this value required thousands of hours of repetitive work.
The first Jesko Absolut that is ready to drive is ready to be used. Koenigsegg test driver Markus Lundh reports after giving the first few that the 1600 hp hyper sports car runs normally and exactly how it should. Everything happens faster thanks to seamless upshifts and downshifts.
According to calculations, more than 500 km / h should be possible
But how fast is jesko Absolut running now? Officially, Koenigsegg says so far: “If we look at our calculations and modern models, it is very fast!”
Fortunately for us Colleagues from “Road and Song” asked Christian von Koenigsegg again and found the full number. Answer: 330 mph. That equates to 531 km / h!
But for now there is a problem: Koenigsegg still does not know where this record can be found. A song in the Nevada desert where the Swedes set an original record and Agera RS is not smooth enough at speeds of up to 500 km / h and beyond. Many other routes are too short, since the last few miles of an hour can be quite long.
Where should the record be kept?
VW Ehra-Lessien’s high-speed song would be perfect. However, Koenigsegg currently does not have such a test song – and it would be even more surprising if Volkswagen allowed its rival Koenigsegg to try a record in Ehra-Lessien. It remains to be seen whether Jesko Absolut will break the incredible speed of 500 kilometers per hour and bring back Bugatti from the throne of the world’s fastest-produced production car.