Archive for the ‘Koenigsegg’ 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.

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?! 😀 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…)

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.

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.

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.

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!

Wednesday, February 1st 2006

Koenigsegg CCR & CC8S Desktop Wallpaper

Update: If you’re looking for wallpaper of the Koenigsegg CCX, look no further.

After having made desktop wallpaper for the new S80 yesterday, I decided to make desktop wallpaper out of some of the official Koenigsegg photographs too.

The Koenigsegg CCR is (for obvious reasons) my favourite supercar… It’s the current Guiness record holder of highest top speed among production cars, hitting 388 km/h (241 mph). It has a hyper-charged V8 kicking out 806 bhp and 920 nm. And – it’s Swedish.

The following eight photos are included in the packages:

Koenigsegg desktop wallpaper

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.

Wednesday, March 2nd 2005

Koenigsegg beats McLaren's speed record

The Koenigsegg CCR has now officially beaten McLaren F1’s speed record for production cars.

The Koenigsegg CCR

The new speed record (387.87 km/h or 241.02 mph) was set two days ago at the Nardo Prototipo track, which is a 12.5 km (7.8 miles) long, circular track. The McLaren F1 set the previous record (386.7 km/h or 240.3 mph) on the VW Ehra facility in Germany, a 9 km (5.6 mile) straight track, which makes the Koenigsegg’s feat even more impressive.

I wonder how fast the CCR would go if driven in a straight line? Why didn’t they just take it to the VW Ehra track straight away, and have it done with? With the Bugatti Veyron lurking in the shadows, Koenigsegg had better get their act together if they want to hold on to the speed record for more than just a year or two.