Electric cars and autonomous driving might grab headlines, but 2014 is shaping up to be the year of the super car—or as obscure Dutch automaker Koenigsegg calls it, the “mega car.”
That’s how it refers to its new Koenigsegg One:1, which will debut at the Geneva Motor Show next week.
Previous Koenigseggs, such as the Agera R, have already achieved obscene levels of power and speed. The One:1 is at another level.
Its odd name signifies a one-to-one power-to-weight ratio, or in other words, 1,360 horsepower from a turbocharged V8 engine in a car that weighs 1,360 kilograms.
Koenigsegg calls it the world’s first “mega car” because it produces more than one megawatt of power (a megawatt equals 1,341 horsepower). The company says the One:1 to can reach a “simulated top speed” of 273 miles per hour. If it really can go that fast, it will be the fastest production car in the world.
Its body and chassis are made of a new type of carbon fiber that is 20 percent lighter than what was used on previous Koenigseggs. Further weight is saved by using 3D printing technology to make certain parts, such as the turbo housings and titanium exhaust tip.
The One:1 has movable wings on the front and rear designed to increase downforce at higher speeds and during braking. The car has so much grip that it can pull 2 G’s while cornering. That’s about twice what a “normal” sports car can do.
Only six Koenigsegg One:1’s will be built. All have been spoken for already.
The One:1 will reportedly cost about 30 percent more than the Koenigsegg Agera R, which goes for more than $1.5 million.
Source: Forbes Auto