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Koenigsegg Is Interested in Racing the Jesko at Le Mans

The Company Eyes the Hypercar Class

Christian Von Koenigsegg is the man behind the car company that bears his name. The company makes some of the fastest and most extreme cars on the planet. Back in the early 2000s, the company planned to race in FIA World Endurance Championship. This includes the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The rules of the LMP1 class excluded the car the company had at that point. Now, with the new hypercar class, it seems Koenigsegg is back in the list of possibilities. 

It also seems that the company is actually interested in racing. The company’s CEO recently spoke with Road and Track and expressed interest in racing. 

We would love to go racing if there’s an opportunity. Because for the first time ever, there’s a category that’s geared towards our type of car. To race in the last ten years, after GT1 was gone, against 911s and 458s, would have been crazy, with a car costing ten times as much, being bogged down by balance of performance. But now, it can make sense again, and it’s extremely interesting.

Koenigsegg went on to say that he has many potential sponsors, so it might not cost his company all that much money. He did say that the company would likely work with a current racing team and not do everything from the factory. That would reduce the strain on the company considerably. If the company does try out racing, it will be with a race-spec version of the new Jesko. That car was rendered, but not yet produced. Time will tell if it actually comes to fruition. 

Discover the secrets of the Koenigsegg Jesko and Regera

TopGear sent Jack Rix to Angelholm, Sweden to see what goes into building a Koenigsegg, namely the $2-million Regera and $2.8-million Jesko. It was like a trip to Willy Wonka’s factory, but replace the chocolate with carbon fiber and aluminum. Rix started by chatting Jesko details with Christian von Koenigsegg, finding out at one point that a set of the optional carbon fiber wheels costs $65,000, and those rims are so light that they’re half the weight of the tires. Later on in the video we find out where the money goes: Each wheel takes 50 hours to lay up by hand using 650 individual pieces.

When discussing the engine and transmission, Rix asks if the Jesko will be the car to reach 300 miles per hour. Koenigsegg says the standard model won’t, because its track-focused aero package produces too much drag. The 880 kilograms of downforce at speed is great for cornering, not Bonneville. A special trim called the Jesko “Ambition 300” will go for the record. On a side note, Engineering Explained put out a video diving into the numerous wild features of the 5.0-liter twin turbo V8 that makes 1,500 horsepower on 91 octane gas, and Road & Track dived into the nine-speed Lightspeed transmission that Koenigsegg says “works like a bicycle derailleur.” That’s some bicycle…

There was once a trend of high-end car detailers repairing mediocre factory paint jobs on brand new supecars. We doubt such videos will ever feature a Koenigsegg, since painting a single one of the Swedish coupes takes from 600 to 800 hours to apply at least nine coats of clearcoat, color, and metallic.

Rix also takes a ride in the Regera, and if Beelzebub ever made a hybrid, this is what it would sound like. We recommend taking the ride through Wonderland in the video above. It’s free.

Koenigsegg Jesko gets the scenic photoshoot it deserves

Koenigsegg just opened a new shop in Switzerland, and to mark the occasion, the Jesko was taken out for a proper photoshoot. Koenigsegg had previously only released images from auto shows and the studio.

On March 22, Koenigsegg opened a brand-new facility in Lucerne, Switzerland. It houses Koenigsegg’s newest dealership, which includes a showroom full of stunning vehicles and a workshop. Carage, as it’s called, packed the house for the opening, with cars such as the Koenigsegg Agera R Speed Racer, CC8S, CCXR Edition, Trevita, and the naked carbon Regera. Other makes such as Aston Martin, Jaguar, Maserati, and Porsche help make the place special, but the centerpiece was the Koenigsegg Jesko.

After the Jesko debuted at the Geneva Motor Show, it was also able to breath in some of the fresh high-altitude air during a photoshoot. Eric Griess and Steven Wade set the supercar to a backdrop of gorgeous Swiss mountains, green pastures, and sprawling Lake Lucerne. Yet, the details of the hypercar still stand out.

Take a look at the full gallery above, but try not to fall too deep in love. Remember, all Jeskos are already sold out.

All 125 Koenigsegg Jesko Sold Out in Days

The Koenigsegg Jesko was announced only a few weeks ago at the Geneva Motor Show 2019. Koenigsegg plans to produce 125 as part of a limited production run beginning in 2021. Until that time, there is plenty to do by way of development. One thing Koenigsegg don’t need to think about is customers!

The Koenigsegg Jesko officially sold out before the was even Geneva Motor Show over! The sold-out Jesko, named after Koenigsegg founder, Christian’s father, means that Koenigsegg have nothing further to sell. Both the Jesko and the Regera are completely sold out!

Those who made the order list will be getting something very special. The Jesko is built around a re-designed twin-turbocharged V8 engine. It gets a new 180 degree flat-plane crankshaft, intake and larger turbochargers. Never short of an innovation, Koenigsegg have tackled turbo lag in the most innovative way. An air-injection system pre-spools the turbocharger for instant response.

That engine produces 1,280 hp running on regular fuel with the flexfuel E85 option allowing 1,600 hp in some markets. The power is routed to the rear wheels through a 9-speed multi-clutch gearbox unit that dispenses with traditional synch rings. Active aerodynamics are also a very part of the package.

The cost of each Jesko has yet to be announced, it is safe to assume that it exceeds 6 figures!

Koenigsegg Jesko: Agera Successor Revealed at Geneva

Koenigsegg have officially announced the replacement for the Agera! The Koenigsegg Jesko has been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2019 and will be available in two version, a road car and a track car. The car itself has been named after Christian’s father, Jesko von Koenigsegg, who was unaware of the tribute until it was announced at the show earlier today.

The Jesko is built around a re-designed twin-turbocharged V8 engine. It gets a new 180 degree flat-plane crankshaft, intake and larger turbochargers. Flat-plane crankshafts normally suffer from increased vibration which Koenigsegg have addressed with active engine mounts lifted from the Agera. An innovative air-injection system pre-spools the turbocharger for instant response.

The V8 produces 1,280 hp running on regular fuel with the flexfuel E85 option allowing 1,600 hp in some markets. Torque reaches 1,500 Nm at 5,100 rpm. The transmission is another unique design. It is a 9-speed multi-clutch unit that dispenses with traditional synch rings yet allows lightning fast changes between any gear. It weighs just 90 kg in total, lighter than a comparable dual clutch unit.

The Koenigsegg Jesko sits on a carbon fibre monocoque, 40 mm longer and 22 mm taller than the Agera allowing additional head and leg room. The triplex damper returns at the rear wheels and an additional version has been added to the front. Koenigsegg have incorporated rear wheel steering too. Carbon fibre wheels are an option and are larger than those found on the Agera RS.

The Koenigsegg Jesko is a master in aerodynamics too. The rear wing is active, similar to the later Agera models. The front splitter is also deeper than ever before with active under body flaps working to maximise downforce. Even the wing mirrors are optimised to produce 20 kg of downforce each! At 275 km/h, the Jesko produces 1,000 kg of downforce.

The bodywork gets a new Koenisgeg technology called Autoskin. It uses electrics and miniaturised hydraulics to operate the doors and hood. This means that the Koenisegg remote key can be used to open most parts of the car. The roof lifts out of the Jesko, as with most Koenigsegg models.

Inside, a new TFT touchscreen is included, inductive phone charging, Bluetooth connectivity and USB inputs. The infotainment system uses a 5 inch racing display mounted to the steering wheel and a 9 inch central display. Two touchscreens on the steering wheel control other aspects of the car.

Pricing and market launch are yet to be revealed with Koenigsegg hoping to sell the Jesko to customers in the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East!

Koenigsegg’s Jesko Comes With 1,600 HP and Can Do 300 MPH

Mind-Numbingly Fast

Koenigsegg’s new Jesko hypercar, named after his father who helped him start his company, claims over 300 mph as its top speed. While Koenigsegg hasn’t proven this in the real world, in simulations, the Agera successor has achieved it and the company thinks it’s true.

There are two different versions of the car. Koenigsegg designed one for a high speed run to make the 300 mph, and one with some serious downforce for the racetrack. No matter the variant, you get a new carbon fiber and aluminum chassis, new suspension setup, redesigned engine, and a special gearbox. The car may be the successor to the Agera, but it’s all new.

The car comes with a 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8. The company worked on the engine to make it more powerful and lighter than any other V8 it has produced. It’ll make 1,600 hp on E85 biofuel and 1,280 on regular gasoline. Torque numbers sit at 1,106 lb-ft. The car comes with a special 9-speed multi-clutch gearbox the company builds in-house. 

Thanks to the huge front splitter, the big wing at the back, and the body’s overall aerodynamic shape, the car produces a whopping 2,200 pounds of downforce at 170 mph. At the vehicle’s top speed it makes over 3,000 pounds of downforce.

The interior of the car has all the accouterments befitting a luxury hypercar. The vehicle will come with the latest technology and top-notch interior materials, including plenty of carbon fiber. The G-force display on the dash is a nod to tech geeks and pilots everywhere and it just looks cool. Not to mention the gorgeous displays well-placed in the cabin.

Koenigsegg plans to build 125 Jeskos over the course of the next few years. If you’ve got your heart set on one you’ll need just under $3 million.