Really, in my book there are two people who make cars these days that are really worth watching: Elon Musk and Christian von Koenigsegg. Musk we all know. Swedish impresario Koenigsegg (aka “Cone-egg-seg”) is certainly familiar to supercar fans, but is a bit more removed from the mainstream, probably because his focus is a bit more … concentrated on his cars, and he tends not to stray from his task to start civilizations on other planets, tunnels or hyperboucles between cities and develop mind-computer linkage systems. But who knows, maybe Christian is secretly working on plans for world domination or training to defeat Conor McGregor in the Octagon. Even money, I would say.
Both men tend to be scandalous when it comes to vehicle design, with Musk clearly pushing electric propulsion to its practical and stylistic limits (and often beyond) while Mr. von Koenigsegg seeks to extract the maximum amount of energy from the vehicle. gasoline pump in cars. like his latest creation, the Jesko (say “Yhesko”). Fortunately for us supercar dreamers, Christian is happy to host a fairly comprehensive program and musical video tour around his new 1,600 horsepower “mega car” (as he rightly calls it) where he not only shows us the intricacies of the technology involved, but also sets it up for a little ride.
A tech highlight: In order to extract so much power from the Jesko’s five-liter V8, Koenigsegg not only blessed it with a pair of gigantic turbochargers – everyone does these days – he basically overcame it. that annoying “turbo lag”. ”Problem my mother’s old Buick Regal Turbo suffered from exploding pressurized air in twin spinners at a mind-blowing 290psi. Suddenly Musk’s Roadster Rockets look almost … quaint.
Plus, all of that power is channeled through something magical called the “Ultimate Power On Demand” or “UPOD” gearbox, which allows the car to go up to nine gears like a sane person, or to shift. at the “right gear” for maximum speed via the on-board computer system determining which gear is the right one without choosing the cog that will trigger the likely million dollar engine. That’s right: if you’re cruising on the highway in 7th gear and you need to overtake that slow Bugatti, just smash the gas and pull the gear lever and Jesko’s navigation computer will shift the gearbox to 4th or 3rd or whatever is needed to make it jump to hyperspace (or claimed 300mph), skipping all those unnecessary gears in the process. Brilliant.
Of course there has never been a lack of shine in Koenigsegg’s creations, and you’ll need a lottery win, a GME withdrawal, or find the password for that old hard drive you stuffed in a drawer after dipping $ 10 into some weird idea your friend gave you. talked about called “bitcoin” in 2010 when it was 0.0008 per coin. It has since increased. Price for one of the 125 Jesko (all sold !!) that will be built? About $ 3 million depending on options. If you don’t want the carbon fiber body painted – as in, No paint – it’s almost a half a million dollars more expensive. Sounds fair for life in the megacar universe. Give Mr. von Koenigsegg 15 minutes of your time and learn all about the Jesko, or just jump in at 12:45 p.m. for a relaxing stroll through the countryside.