Archive for the ‘cars’ Category

Thursday, June 11th 2009

Koenigsegg Buys Saab

This is unbelievable stuff: Koenigsegg buys Saab.

Koenigsegg CCX

The car-making world is upside down. Lets just hope Koenigsegg haven’t bitten off more than they can swallow.

Here’s a translation of the short news article:

Rapport has learned that Koenigsegg and Norwegian investors will get to buy Saab Automobil.

The buyers have signed a letter of intent to buy Saab. Final negotiations around details of the deal will be held the coming months.

Koenigsegg is a small manufacturer of exclusive sports cars in Ängelholm (Sweden) and has according to Rapport’s sources been given support by Norwegian investors to be able to buy Saab.

Monday, November 3rd 2008

Snart en fossil

Head light of Volkswagen Polo

Den börjar bli välkamouflerad, Polon som står hos Jennys pappa i Svia.

Monday, November 3rd 2008

Top Gear is Back

Here’s the first episode of season 12. I’m downloading as we speak and should have the episode in good time for this afternoon when I get back from work.

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…

Friday, March 9th 2007

Koenigsegg Hinting at New Records with the CCXR

Screenshot of video interview with Christian von Koenigsegg

Swedish Auto Motor & Sport today published a video interview with Christian von Koenigsegg.

He talks about the new Koenigsegg CCXR and CCGT. Without mentioning any specific numbers, von Koenigsegg says that it is likely that the 1018 bhp CCXR will boast record acceleration. (How come? :-)

Why can’t he just give us the numbers?! :-D I guess what everyone really wants to know is – will it beat the Veyron’s top speed?

He also says that the car will run on both E85 (85% ethanol, 15% petrol) or normal petrol, which was new to me, and that they’re hoping to race the Koenigsegg CCGT in Le Mans, if they manage to qualify.

Saturday, March 3rd 2007

Ethanol-powered Koenigsegg CCXR Gets 1018 BHP

Koenigsegg have just announced that they are making a bioethanol-powered CCXR which will produce 1018 BHP and 1060 nm of torque. That’s 212 more BHP than the standard CCX, which produces 806.

Basically it’s the CCX, tuned to run on ethanol (E85). The ethanol apparently is higher octane than petrol and has a handy cooling effect on the engine.

What effect the upgrade will have on acceleration and top speed hasn’t been stated yet.

When the CCX was launched, it was said that it could be tuned to run on biofuel and that it then would produce 900 BHP. So now it seems as if Koenigsegg have tuned that upgrade to the tune of another 118 BHP.

I’d like to see the this thing do a lap round the Top Gear track :) (The standard CCX already occupies the top spot on the lap time chart…)

Wednesday, February 7th 2007

Top Gear’s The Stig without a helmet?

After the latest episode of Top Gear (season 9, episode 2), there has been some speculation as to whether a blonde guy who can be seen driving the Bugatti Veyron in a few shots is the Stig.

Here are the sharpest frames:

Blonde guy driving a Bugatti Veyron, possibly Top Gear's the Stig

Blonde guy driving a Bugatti Veyron, possibly Top Gear's the Stig

Blonde guy driving a Bugatti Veyron, possibly Top Gear's the Stig

Blonde guy driving a Bugatti Veyron, possibly Top Gear's the Stig

The BBC say on their website that the Stig drove the Veyron back to Italy after the big race with Hammond and May in a light aircraft, and that a film crew went along and got some shots of it. Maybe these clips were used in Sundays episode?

As for identifying the guy behind the steering wheel, I’ll leave that to you guys :)

Leave a comment if you’ve got a suggestion!

Thursday, October 12th 2006

Volvo Cars is Leaking Badly: New XC70 Shots Out Too

In less than three days, photos have been published on the web of both the next Volvo V70 and the XC70 – both in what seems like production-ready state.

Spy photograph (picture) of mk II Volvo XC70

This time around the spy photos ended up at Auto Motor & Sport. The third generation of Volvo’s Cross Country will get basically the same rear as the V70, but I think it works better on this plastic-clad mud eater. That could be because of the red reflectors added below the lights, the added mouldings or the fact that I’ve had time to get used to the design.

Discussions of the leaked photos and designs can be found at VVSpy.com. Let’s just say I’m not the only one …um… sceptical … about the design of the rear.

Tuesday, October 10th 2006

New Volvo V70 Not Quite Da Bomb

I almost fell over backwards today when I saw a photo of the new (MK III) Volvo V70.

What are they thinking at Volvo? Honestly. I tend to be positive about most things they do at Volvo, but that is just plain ugly. It’s hard to put it into words &ndash however, I’ll give it a go.

The lights are (or look) even larger than those on the current V70. And that’s no small feat from the design office! And the angled/hexagonal framing of the rear windscreen is alot of things, but definately not Volvo.

I don’t get it. They made the tail of the S80 so sleek and stylish – and now this! The new V70 is an entirely different beast.

Granted, I thougth the lights of the old V70 (Mk II) looked a bit odd too, and I always thought they should have put the bottom white patch further up.

Thankfully, the new V70 looks better from the side. The tailgate is more upright than on the V50, but still slightly angled. The wheelbase has been increased by 8 cm to 284 cm, which contributes to the powerful silhouette.

These spy pictures, published by Teknikens Värld, are of such good quality that you suspect an official leak, blessed by the company leadership. And since the car is going to be presented in the spring, I get a feeling they aren’t going to be making any changes to that Picaso of a rear end.

Teknikens Värld claim there’ll be a V70 R AWD sometime around 2008/2009. Supposedly it will have a turbocharged version of the V8 currently in the S80, producing 370 bhp! I’ll believe that when I see it. Volvo just don’t take that big steps in power. (The current top-of-the-line being the S80 V8 AWD with 315 bhp.)

Update: After having stared at that white thing quite a bit I guess I could get used to it. But I’m not the only one reacting the way I did when I first saw it…

Saturday, October 7th 2006

Design Comparison: Volvo C30 Concept vs Volvo C30

Volvo presented the C30 Concept back in January. A week or two ago, the real C30 was presented. Just as expected, the real thing doesn’t look nearly as cool as the concept. Here’s a design comparison of the Volvo C30 Concept and the Volvo C30, with and without the optional bodykit.

Lets start off with the rear:

Volvo C30 Concept from behind.

Volvo C30 (silver) from behind.

The C30 differs from the Concept on a few, but essential points. If nothing else, Volvo made one good decision: On the production car you get a rear wiperblade! The edgy exhaust pipes of the concept have been replaced by cheaper, round ones. Volvo have also stuck a pair of hideous red reflectors on the bumper, which completetly ruins the upmarket look that I presume they are aiming for. The beautiful mesh between the pipes has also gone. Thankfully, there is a bodykit to take back some of the C30′s lost splendor!

Volvo C30 (blue) with bodykit from behind.

With the bodykit, the tacky black plastic is replaced with good-looking, painted plastic. The ugly red reflectors are replaced with sleeker, smarter ones. You also get slightly better looking CO2 outlets.

Then we have the front:

Volvo C30 Concept, front view

Volvo C30 (silver), front view.

At the front, Volvo scrapped the chunky grille overhang and replaced the sporty meshes with … guess what? Cheap(er) plastic. The progressive-looking headlights with light internal surroundings were swapped back for the S40 ones, although the cruel black eyelids were kept. That’s about as brave as it gets.

Once again, you’ll need the bodykit to spice things up a bit. Apart from adding a nice bottom lip, it gives you some nice side skirts:

Volvo C30 (blue) with bodykit, front view.

Bottom line: To do the C30 justice, you’ll need to tick the box for the bodykit! And as you can see, a set of 18-inch Atreus wheels won’t look out of place either…

Volvo C30 (blue) with bodykit, side view.

I just have to add that the patterned center console is absolutely gorgeous:

The (surf) patterned center console of Volvo C30.

Sunday, June 11th 2006

The Top Gear Koenigsegg CCX Didn’t Really Need the Wing

The Koenigsegg CCX beat the Top Gear lap record a few weeks ago, supposedly thanks to an optional wing having been mounted on the rear end of the car. (Episode 4, season 8. Previously, in episode 1, the car had done a rather mediocre lap time, as well as almost killed The Stig.) However, now the Swedish car magazine Bilsport quotes the Koenigsegg press contact Lotta de Salvatore as saying that the record lap wasn’t thanks to the wing – it was thanks to a better chassis set-up.

Here’s a translation of the full article:

Koenigsegg gets Top Gear Wing

After The Stig’s record lap in Koenigsegg’s new CCX it is now possible to get a special rear wing as an optional accessory. It has been named “Top Gear Special Edition”. Bilsport.se can reveal the whole truth about the record – and that the wing isn’t really necessary!

But if the truth be told, the wing has existed as an option previously, too, but since the English TV program Top Gear drove the Koenigsegg it is being marketed in a different way. Carbon Rear Wing (Top Gear Special Edition) is the full name of the carbon fibre wing which is yours for € 5,700, about 54,000 SEK.

When Top Gear’s mystical test driver The Stig drove the Koenigsegg the first time it ended with a crash. He complained about the car being too light at the rear, and meant that a wing was needed. For the next attempt, last week, Koenigsegg had fitted a wing, and voilá! This time things went better. Koenigsegg now top the Top Gear list as the fastest car ahead of the Pagani Zonda and Maserati MC12.

But really the wing isn’t necessary, says Lotta de Salvatore, press contact at Koenigsegg.

Over-steer

The reason The Stig went off the track the first time was that we hadn’t had the time to set the car up properly; it suffered from some over-steer.

For the second attempt the CCX had a perfect set-up, which gave it better grip. The wing doesn’t make any difference at the speeds reached on the Top Gear track. Not until you’re driving at 300 km/h will it start to help.

One-and-a-half year’s production sold

Lotta de Salvatore also says that the sales are going well. This year they have sold 17 cars, and next year they count on delivering 30. One-and-a-half year’s production has been sold.

Now the CCX is being launched in the US, which probably will result in more orders.

80 per cent of the market for super cars is in the US, says Lotta.

Sunday, March 19th 2006

Checked Out the New C70 at Volvo Today

Dropped in at the local (Uppsala) Volvo dealers today and had a look at the new C70. As expected, it’s pretty nice. Took a few shots of the roof being raised:

The boot lid upens backwards…

…and the C pillars come out first…

…upon which the front piece is moved forward.

The boot closes again…

…and volla!

Tuesday, February 28th 2006

Koenigsegg CCX Details Officially Released

The details of the Koenigsegg CCX have now been officially released. While the car is not an improvement in power and speed, it has many other improvements.

Thursday, February 23rd 2006

Was It Just a Dream? The CCX Gets 806 BHP

(Overdue) Update: All those who have seen Top Gear season 8, episode 1, will know that the 900 BHP figure wasn’t entirely off after all. Jeremy Clarkson mentioned that “If you tune this engine to run on environmentally friendly bio fuel, you’ll be getting 900 BHP!” So I wonder what the top speed is using bio ethanol? Why doesn’t someone just drive this thing flat out over those salt flats in the US?

Edit: Wallpaper with the CCX, for many screen sizes, available here.

Sadly enough, it seems the Koenigsegg CCX specs published by VG.no were just dreamed up. Now it seems the Koenigsegg CCX is just a redesigned and rebadged CCR. Here are the pages of an official brochure:

The specs page lists exactly the same figures as those of the CCR. 806 BHP, 395+ km/h, 920 nm, 0-100 3.2 secs, etc. The drawings on the same page are of the CCX, so there is no doubt that these are the real figures.

I need therapy. All day I’ve been on a high, and now this… Well, so much for believing what you read in the papers.

Anyway, there is some interesting reading in that brochure. Among other things, the CCX has 50 mm more headroom, and is 88 mm longer to comply with US rear crash regulations. The engine has also had a serious makeover to work with 91 octane US fuel.

Thursday, February 23rd 2006

Exterior Comparison, Koenigsegg CCR & CCX

The Koenigsegg CCR and CCX differ in quite a lot of aspects. Here is a little analysis of what has changed, with illustrating photos.

Lets start with the back:

Rear shot of Koenigsegg CCR and CCX

The lights have become slightly remodeled, with slightly less in-your-face bezels on the indicators. The exhaust has also had a slight redesign. The number plate space has been reduced, and the whole big, grey air outlets have been made even phatter. The best improvement though, if you ask me, is that they have hidden all the stuff that was visible in the venturi tunnels on the CCR, including that little red light. (What was that, BTW?) The area over the engine with the Koenigsegg name badge looks completetly different. Not sure if the badge is still there, but there is a piece of glass there that wasn’t before.

Let’s take a look from slightly above:

Shot of Koenigsegg CCR and CCX from above

They have put position lights along the side of the car, presumably to please the US market. There are new air outlets at the back, which presumably help to increase downforce. The air intakes in front of the rear wheels are the same as on the CCR. Of course, the wheels are new – meaner than ever. It looks like they have recoloured the painted parts on top of the dashboard, this gives it a more solid look I think.

It looks like they have removed the windscreen wiper completely. I suppose, when you’re doing 240 mph (in rain) it gets blown off pretty quickly…

Basically the whole front has been redone, even if the shape of it is much the same. The bonnet on the CCX doesn’t come down as far as it does on the CCR. There is a new air intake on the bonnet, and they have added fog lights. Some of these differences are perhaps more clear in the next photo:

Front/side shot of Koenigsegg CCR and CCX

The bubble in the headlight glass/plastic have been made smaller – a good thing if you ask me. They have also removed the fourth little light in the headlight clusters, which makes it look cleaner. (Perhaps that was the side position light which has now been stuck on the side.) A new design feature has been added just behind the front wheels, with the Koenigsegg name on it. Also, I get the impression the windscreen is more rounded on the CCX, and perhaps the roofline too. You would need real side shots to be able to tell though.

All-in-all, it feels like the Koenigsegg has grown up. If the CC8S was the unruly 15-year-old with constant fits, and the CCR was the lightning fast 20-year old, the CCX is the solid, secure and even faster 24-year-old.

Can’t wait till Top Gear drive this thing. They never drove the CCR, so the last Koenigsegg they drove was the CC8S, which beat their in-a-straight-line speed record. I bet the CCR and now, the CCX, are much better at going round tracks than the CC8S was back then. Would be interesting to see how it fares in the hands of the Stig on the Top Gear test track. Would it beat the Pagani Zonda F?

Thursday, February 23rd 2006

Koenigsegg CCX Desktop Wallpaper

So, here is a set of desktop wallpaper with the new Koenigsegg CCX. Six photos are included in the packs:

New Koenigsegg CCX Wallpaper

The highest resolution packs only contain the two photos at the top, because of the limited size of the originals.

A few comments on the exterior of the CCX. I think the suttle evolution of the front is great, with the new bonnet and fog light holes. At the back they have cleaned up the looks of the venturi tunnel openings, which makes it look much more sophisticated. If you want to compare it to the CCR I’ve got several photos here. Of course, the CCX wheels are seriously mean. A great improvement on the CCR.

If you didn’t already know, this thing has 900 BHP

An official brochure has leaked, stating that the CCX does in fact only have 806 BHP.

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Edit: To save some space on my server I’ve deleted some of the less common resolutions.

Wednesday, February 22nd 2006

The Koenigsegg CCX Gets 900 BHP

Update 4: All those who have seen Top Gear season 8, episode 1, will know that the 900 BHP figure wasn’t entirely off after all. Jeremy Clarkson mentioned that If you tune this engine to run on environmentally friendly bio fuel, you’ll be getting 900 BHP! So I wonder what the top speed is using bio ethanol? Why doesn’t someone just drive this thing flat out over those salt flats in the US?

Update 3: Sadly, the figures posted by VG have turned out to be wrong. The CCX will only get 806 BHP.

Update 2: I’ve now made a post with desktop wallpaper of the CCX, and a post which compares the exterior of the CCR and the CCX.

The Koenigsegg CCX

Anonymous just tipped me off with a link to a norwegian news article about Idar Vollvik who will be the first owner of a Koenigsegg CCX. The article goes on about how he already has owned a CCR (which he gave to charity), and that he has gotten to know Christian von Koenigsegg and the factory, etc. Anyway…

At the end of the article they list some specs for the new car:

  • Engine: Aluminium V8
  • Power: 900 BHP
  • Weight: 1180 kg
  • 0-100 km/h: 3.1 secs
  • Top speed: > 400 km/h

It seems like they must have a fairly reliable source behind those figures. Either this is straight from the horse’s (von Koenigsegg’s) mouth, or it is Mr Vollvik who is just telling VG (the newspaper) what he had been told by Mr K. So… it sounds like the CCX might be aimed at winning back the title from the Veyron, after all… Let’s just hope they find a track long and straight enough for a new record!

Update: The article has a photo where the CCX can be seen from the front. The new fog lights are clearly visible. In fact, compare it to this photo and you can see that the whole front, including the bonnet, is new.

Tuesday, February 21st 2006

Photos of Koenigsegg CCX Leaked

Photos of the to-be-revealed-at-the-Geneva-show Koenigsegg CCX have leaked out, over at Autoblog. The roumor that it will be faster than the current CCR has picked up some speed, but personally I think it is all based on wishful thinking. As I wrote a while back…

  1. It has been stated that this will be a US version of the CCR, with the same specs.
  2. How could they possibly get more than those 806 bhp out of a V8? Or have they stuck a V10 or V12 in the CCX? Highly unlikely.

Friday, February 10th 2006

Koenigsegg CCX – Faster Than the CCR?

The Koenigsegg CCX, half covered by cloth.

I’ve read two (identical) articles stating that the upcoming Koenigsegg CCX might be even faster than the present CCR. But then there is this article, which makes it sound like it will only be a renamed CCR. Does anyone know the truth? It would be great if Koenigsegg could get something out there to compete with the Veyron for the world record.

But then again, since they call this the US version it seems most likely it will only be a rebadged CCR… But why are they covering it like that in the press photos? (Which aren’t available att koenigsegg.com.) How on earth would they get more than 806 bhp out of that V8?

Edit: Changed the picture for the one now available at Koenigsegg’s website.

Update: Norwegian VG has now stated that the CCX will get 900 BHP!

Saturday, February 4th 2006

New Volvo C70 Wallpaper

I’d like to apologize to those of my readers who are mostly interrested in browsers and suchlike. Seems I can’t stop making desktop wallpaper with cars… (Volvo S80 wallpaper here, and Koenigsegg wallpaper here.) Anyway, here are some of the new C70. As always &ndash maximum JPEG quality:

Desktop wallpaper of the new Volvo C70.

Regular Resolutions (4:3 and 5:4)

Widescreen Resolutions (16:10)

Edit: To save some space on my server I’ve deleted some of the less common resolutions.