Archive for March, 2007

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…

Saturday, March 10th 2007

Redesigning Rarewares

I’m working with Roberto de Amorim on a redesign of Rarewares is a great website with all thinkable music encoders and decoders.

For instance, if you want the latest and greatest versions of Oggenc or Lame, rarewares is the place to go. If you don’t know what Oggenc or Lame are, I’d consider that a sign of sanity. Anyway, they are what you use to compress music to Oggs or MP3s.

Cropped screenshot of the preliminary redesign or

The main reason for the redesign is that the rare wares aren’t quite so rare any more. The download pages are getting very long and crowded, so Roberto wants to divide them into different sub categories.

I’ve put a preliminary version of the new front page on my server. We’re thinking of trying a different colour scheme, and possibly a few other changes, before we make all the content pages.

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.

Wednesday, March 7th 2007

Mozilla Links is Great

If you didn’t know, Mozilla Links is the name of a brilliant new Mozilla news site.

Cropped screenshot of the Mozilla Links website

They update often, with articles on stuff that happens on the Mozilla scene. Percy Cabello, who runs Mozilla Links, also writes reviews of interesting Firefox extensions and posts useful tips and tricks.

MozillaZine was for a long time the one-and-only website for Mozilla-related news. But around at the same time as they introduced the ads, things started to go downhill.

Now I feel that anything I read on MozillaZine I have already read somewhere else. And the comments after the articles are seldom very lively nowadays. (Perhaps because we don’t get the bimonthly name-changes for the Mozilla products any more…) I don’t actually think that the change has anything to do with the ads though. In fact, I’m not even sure that MozillaZine really has changed. It could just be that my news-gathering patterns have changed. I (obviously?) read many more blogs now than I did a couple of years back.

Anyway, for the Firefox aficionados, Mozilla Links is a great resource. Don’t forget to add it to your RSS readers.

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…)