Let's introduce Koneigsegg Jesko! A bigger, stronger, faster and more expensive Koenigsegg than ever before!
Rumors that a new Koenigsegg model would be introduced during the 2019 Geneva Car Show have been circulating for quite some time. The consensus has been that it would be a cheaper entry model with a hybrid drive train called Ragnarök. But how wrong we – and everyone else – were!
Just a week before the Geneva Car Show, Enliven, together with a few leading car magazines and channels, were invited down to the Koenigsegg factory in Ängelholm, Sweden to get an exclusive preview of the Koenigsegg Jesko.
“The family sold their house in Stockholm to support Christians vision of building a super sports car”
The story of Koenigsegg began in 1994 when the company was founded by Christian von Koenigsegg, then only 22 years old. Already from the start his parents, mother Brita and father Jesko von Koenigsegg, played a key role in getting Koenigsegg Automotive off the ground. Their unwavering support to their son Christian went all the way.
At one point, when the company ran out money, the family sold their house in Stockholm to continue to support Christian's vision of building a super sports car as had never before been seen. With his parents' support, and a 1.5 billion deal with Chinese company Nevs, the decision to sell their house was the right one.
As a tribute to Jesko's unwavering commitment and support, Christian has therefore chosen to name the new car after his father - the Koenigsegg Jesko!
The working name in the development phase has been "Dominera" which, when translated into English, means “to dominate”. Without Jesko's knowledge, and to his great surprise, Christian unveiled the car’s real name. In another specific tribute to Jesko, the exhibition car in Geneva is white with green elements, the same colors as the Koenigsegg family racing horse stable.
Rumors are always plenty when it comes to a company like Koenigsegg, and recently the rumors have been more imaginative than usual. Most recently the grapevine has carried a story about a cheaper entry model with the name Ragnarök running on a hybrid drivetrain.
Instead, we got the Jesko. A few quick highlights include a 5 liter V8 with a dual turbocharger that, with a tank filled with E85 delivers 1600 horsepower, adding new aerodynamic technology that creates a downforce of over 1000 kilos. A new 9-step double clutch gearbox called Koenigsegg Light Speed Transmission (LST) and four-wheel steering. The carbon fiber chassis is redesigned for more space, a prerequisite for even taller customers to fit in the car.
No exact performance figures have yet been presented, but after a conversation with the Koenigsegg test driver Niklas Lilja, we can look forward to impressive numbers for both straight-line and the race track. Niklas should know, as he was behind the wheel whilst beating the record for the fastest serial-produced passenger car on a public road at 457.49 km/h in the Nevada desert.
“Its new aerodynamic technology creates a downforce of over 1000 kilos”
The all-new V8 engine with a dual turbochargers is impressive. New technology for the flat crankshaft (flat plane) has brought the weight down only 12.5 kilograms, making it the world's lightest. This in turn means that you can get more power and a higher revolution, now at 8500 rpm before redline.
The new and larger turbo units have an air injection that increases the efficiency dramatically. The technique involves injecting air with a pressure of 20 bars directly into the turbo, via a compressor, from a carbon fiber tank. The result is that the so-called ”turbo lag" is completely absent.
On the regular 95-octane gasoline, the engine delivers 1280 horsepower, but if you fill the tank with the E85 this increases the power to 1600 horses and an insane torque of 1500 Newtons.
To bring down all that power to the tires, a gearbox is needed which is truly something extra. Therefore, Jesko's drive train is based on a completely new, self-developed multi-clutch box named LST (Light Speed Transmission). What is unique and different compared to conventional dual-clutch boxes is that the LST can change “step-less” between the gears, that is, not gear shifting as normal. Shifting gears at the speed of light, hence the name.
In addition, the weight of the gearbox has been reduced from normal 140 kg to just 90 kg. Another completely new technique for keeping the weight down is the ultra-light, hollow, 20-inch carbon fiber rims. The technique how to make them hollow is secret, but the result is amazing, with a weight of just 7.4 kg for the rear and 5.9 kg in the front. A fun detail is that when they developed and calculated the weight for these rims, it was found that when the final rim was finished, it weighed an entire kilo less - important kilos when it comes to a car like this.
Jesko is supposed to be even more of a race track oriented car than Koenigsegg has ever sold. Therefore, more downward force is required. To achieve this, completely new technology has been developed for Jesko.
The huge rear wing at the back is the first evidence of this. The wing is active, as are the flaps underneath which adjust automatically to different speeds, in order to push the car down toward the asphalt. The result is a ground pressure of 800 kg at 250 km/h, rising to an amazing 1000 kg at 275 km/h.
By comparison, this is 30% more than the weight/power monster One:1 and 40% more than the Agera RS with which Niklas crushed previous speed records. At speeds above 350 km/h hour, a ground pressure of over 1500 kilos will be developed at Jesko.
With all this downforce previous models with more than 1000 horsepower have tended to lower the front where the pressure is at its highest. Imagine that an elephant has suddenly sat down on the bonnet at full speed.
For Jesko, a so-called triplex system has been introduced, which technically consists of a third damper front that prevents the car from dipping forwards when the pressure is at its most. Even the rear carriage is equipped with this system and together with the new four-wheel steering, Jesko will be extremely stable even at the top speeds about which we have so far only been able to speculate.
However, when it comes to Jesko it's not just about numbers, performance and total control. Comfort is also of the utmost importance. One related technology that was introduced with the Regera is Koenigsegg Technology Autoskin which lets you open all doors and hoods electronically using the key.
Jesko has also divided front and rear parts into two pieces for smoother and cheaper replacement if an accident were to occur. In order not to try to hide this, one has tastefully put a chrome strip over the entire car between the two parties.
“125 will be manufactured and pre-orders are already at 90 cars”
The patented door opening technology system has also been updated, and the doors now open slightly diagonally upwards, something that now makes all the faulty constructed and high curbs safe when you park your Koenigsegg Jesko and open the door. Among other completely new features are the steering wheel, Koenigsegg SmartWheel, and the instrument screen behind it.
At Jesko, the screen sits firmly in the steering wheel and follows it when the steering wheel is turned. In order to still be able to see what is on the digital 5-inch screen, the content turns when turning the steering wheel so that it always maintains a horizontal line.
Another new aspect is the controls on the steering wheel spokes, which are now two digital touchscreens. On these you can control several traditional functions such as volume, telephone and the car's lift system, as well as change the contents.
Even the center console is completely new to Jesko, and all systems nowadays like Tesla can be updated wirelessly via Koenigsegg Cloud, a cloud function. To meet all markets and make Jesko available everywhere, it has been adopted for both the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
The fact that demand is great is not in any doubt. The number of Jesko to be manufactured is 125 and the pre-orders are already at 90 cars, a figure that, when considering a price tag of about three million US dollars, is impressive.
In Jesko, the former small car company from Ängelholm once again pushes the boundaries of what is possible in the automotive industry. Koenigsegg is no longer a small company and, with the sale of one fifth of the shares to Chinese Nevs, we will see much more from them in the future. Christian says, however, that Jesko is probably the last completely refined fossil-driven car they will produce. If this is true or not, the only thing of interest right now is how Jesko performs when we get to see this creation on the road.
Price: about US $3 million