Friday, March 23rd 2007

Koenigsegg CEO on Koenigsegg CCXR Performance

Swedish Dagens Nyheter have a video interview with Christian von Koenigsegg about the new Koenigsegg CCXR.

Screenshot of video interview with Christian von Koenigsegg.

The most interesting part of the interview was when Mr K spoke about the bioethanol car’s performance. He explained that the acceleration is not improved by the extra 200 odd bhp over the CCX, because the car isn’t able to sink the power into the road.

However, the top speed he said was calculated to en bra bit över 400, which means quite a way above 400 (kph). (400 kph = 249 mph). I do wonder what quite a way is here… The Koenigsegg CCXR fact sheet only says the top speed is 400+ kph.

I guess we might never find out… The Nardo track in Italy was where the Koenigsegg CCR broke the world speed record for road legal cars. The problem is that it’s round, so the g-forces won’t ever let you get to the real top speed in a supercar of this calibre. (The CCR reached 388 kph flat out and not ~395 as it is estimated to be capable of in a straight line.)

And I’d say the chances of VW (Bugatti) letting Koenigsegg have a go at their Ehra-Lessien test track (see it on Google Maps) are slim.

As I can see it, the only way to find out what it will do when maxed is to take one across the Atlantic and kindly ask the law-enforcers of Nevada to close off a long straight road for you…

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  1. Even says:

    One word: Bonneville