Koenigsegg wants to beat the Bugatti Chiron’s speed record

Koenigsegg wants to beat the Bugatti Chiron’s speed record

In 2020, the car manufacturer Koenigsegg introduced the Jesko Absolut, its first production car capable of exceeding 480 km / h. At the time, the Swedish brand promised that no other model would soon be able to overtake it on the tracks.

The latest brand to achieve the feat was Bugatti, which stopped chasing new speed records in 2019 after the revised version of the Chiron Super Sport reached 490 km/h.


In an interview with top gear, Christian von Koenigsegg, CEO of the company, reinforced the commitment to accelerate Jesko to cross the mark. “It would be a shame not to show what it can do from the simulation and the actual performance of the hypercar,” said the executive.

Totally awesome. Photo: Koenigsegg/Revelation

The company intends to push the model to the limit at the Ehra-Lessien test track, located in Germany and owned by the Volkswagen Group. It is worth mentioning that it was there that Chiron reached his last record. It remains to be seen whether VW, the owner of Bugatti, will allow a competitor to use its circuit to remove its luxury car.

Christian pointed out that, unlike the Chiron type, the model that will be used in the tests takes into account all the principles of driving on the street and thus makes the challenge difficult due to the additional weight that slightly reduces the engine power.

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The Swedish carmaker’s boss also reckons that electric cars need more than speed to be worthwhile. When asked how he intends to make them more exciting, the executive commented that the plan is to be different from competitors such as the Tesla Model S Plaid.

For Christian, most “multiple lightning” offers the same performance and range as a rival. “This is a challenge for all products,” he said.

“I think there needs to be a reason for (the car) to exist. Just making it look good, but not adding any important features, and then charging ten times more, that doesn’t work for me.”

Via: top gear

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