Koenigsegg One:1 – One HP per Kilogram Hypercar
Christian von Koenigsegg, founder of Sweden’s Koenigsegg Automotive AB, is nuts. Not bad round-up-the-villagers-and-pitchforks nuts, but good makes-his-own-titanium-bolts-for-his-hypercar nuts. Father of the aptly-named and impossible to spell Koenigsegg, the world’s only “artisanal hypercar” brand, Christian von Koenigsegg makes some of the most extreme, fast and uncompromising cars on the planet. And, at a starting price of $1.4 million, they’re some of the most expensive, too.
From their first, the Koenigsegg CC to the current Koenigsegg Agera S and bio-fuel friendly Agera R (with a 0-60 time of 2.8 seconds and a 270 mph top speed), each and every Koenigsegg hypercar is built to order (and at $1.4 million, they better be). In fact, in a recent Bloomberg Business week article, von Koenigsegg said:
“People often ask, ‘How customized can I have my car?’ If you pay us enough, we’ll build you a helicopter,” von Koenigsegg says. “I think we are capable technically of doing pretty much anything.”
So, you get the idea. Koenigseggs are already pretty incredible. Hell, the 100th car they produced, the Koenigsegg Agera S “Hundra” was even trimmed in 24-karat gold leaf, hand applied by some Italian gold-leaf master (yes, there is such a thing, I checked). So, when I read the recent Bloomberg Businessweek interview of Christian von Koenigsegg, I wasn’t terribly surprised to learn that they are in the process of making an even more extreme “money-is-no-object” car (a hyper-hypercar if you will) for a dealer in China. They’re calling it the Koenigsegg One:1.
What I was surprised, and oh so happy, to learn were the parameters they have set for themselves for the One:1. One horsepower per kilogram, hence the name, One:1. Actually, it’s 1,400 horses in a 1,400 kilogram car. Yeah, holy crap… that’s not exactly common. The only other car we have anywhere near one-to-one hp-to-kg is the fastest car on Earth contender, the SSC Ultimate Aero CCX at 1,300 hp and a dry 2,800 lbs (which accelerates from 0-60 in 2.6 seconds and has an unverified top speed of 273 mph). And, unlike the SSC, the Koenigsegg One:1 will be 1,400 kg with all fluids and a driver. Seriously uncharted territory here. Holy crap… again.
Saying the Koenigsegg One:1 will have 1,400 hp for 1,400 kilograms is all well and good. But, what exactly does that mean? Those are such stratospheric numbers that it’s difficult to even comprehend how they translate to the terms of acceleration and performance that we can readily understand.
Well, according to the Bloomberg Businessweek article and straight from Christian von Koenigsegg himself, here’s what were looking at for the Koenigsegg One:1… Computer simulations put the top speed of the One:1 at 279 mph and record shattering acceleration times for 0-124 mph, 0-186 mph and 0-248 mph. Wow.
A run of six One:1s is planned. And, apart from that, we don’t know anything else at all about the Koenigsegg One:1, but knowing Christian von Koenigsegg, it’ll be gorgeous and very, very expensive. I can guarantee that this will be something we will be following very, very closely. So stay tuned. And, for the rest of the interview, check out the Bloomberg Businessweek article. In the mean time, take a look at the gallery of the gorgeous if slightly ostentatious Koenigsegg Agera S “Hundra”.