Christian von Koenigsegg drove the $2.8 million worth Koenigsegg Jesko for the first time as part of a test drive in mid-December. Learn the details of this 'megacar', the inspiration behind its name and how every build slot has been sold already. BTW, Koenigsegg Agera RS is the fastest car in the world, a record he intends to break with this new Jesko.
The current fastest car in the world (for a production vehicle) is the Koenigsegg Agera RS at an official speed record of 277.87 mph (although many contest it to be 284.55 mph, as shown in the car's speedometer itself). But there's still another car in the making that could possibly snatch the title from the Agera RS, but if it does, it won't go anywhere out of Koenigsegg Automotive AB. Koenigsegg Jesko is still in the making.
There aren't many cars that are tagged as Ultimate in the high-speed racing game, Asphalt 8, and Koenigsegg Jesko is certainly one of them despite not even being commercially produced. To be fair, the Ultimate status for a car was only recently introduced to the game. Still, both the Agera RS and Jesko made it.
Koenigsegg Agera RS is still the fastest production car in the world, for now...
The $100 million worth Christian von Koenigsegg, founder and CEO of the company, has been breaking records after records with his cars while producing in such a small number every time. This time, with the production of Koenigsegg Jesko, he is promising another record for top speed as he challenges himself to make the hypercar reach 300 mph for the first time in the history of cars. And no, it's not for racing, he rarely makes the cars for that.
Koenigsegg Jesko is the Successor of the Koenigsegg Agera RS — Check Out the Features of the Car Christian First Test-Drove
The title for the fastest car in the world would obviously entail hyping the previous record-holder for better efficiency. The target here is similar. The Jesko is built around a longer chassis, re-designed carbon fiber chassis with more legroom, headroom and greater visibility, and inherits the mantle left by the Agera RS. It also uses a V8 engine, but it is a hidden heavily upgraded twin-turbo 5.0-liter V8 that produces 1,280 horsepower (955 kW) on gasoline or 1,600 hp (1,193 kW) from E85.
Christian von Koenigsegg processing the first Koenigsegg Jesko for the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show.
Photo By: MÁTÉ PETRÁNY
It also includes a nine-speed gearbox with seven clutches (the Koenigsegg Light Speed Transmission or LST) and offers over 1000 kg (~3000 lbs) downforce with Koenigsegg's revolutionary Triplex suspension at front and rear. As the man himself, with a crack team of intellectuals, design the components under the company's name, so were the parts for this car. The V8 is custom-designed, making the original Ford V8 better. Here's everything else you need to know about Koenigsegg Jesko's specifications.
When we heard the high-revving engine roar of Jesko's powertrain when Christian von Koenigsegg himself took it for a spin as part of the first test drive last week, our heads went buzzing. There are a lot of expectations from the supercar mogul.
Watch: Christian von Koenigsegg Takes the Jesko Out for a Spin
The promise of the man himself is that it will be the world's first road-legal 300 mph car (over 480 kmph). The only question is, is the world ready to embrace this history in the making?
If You Plan to Buy a Koenigsegg Jesko, No Can Do
The commercial production of the Koenigsegg Jesko is set to begin in early 2020 taking a target of one car per week. There will only be 125 of these built, limited like every Koenigseggs but still the highest number he's ever planned. However, if you remotely even have a wish to buy the car, you're out of luck.
Koenigsegg presented his new hypercar Jesko at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show earlier in May with his wife, Halldora von Koenigsegg, and father, Jesko von Koenigsegg (yeah, the car's named after him). He took the 125 build slots with him when he went to unveil it for the first time. But there were not a full 125 slots left when he unveiled it. 83 of the megacar's slots were already booked before it was shown publicly for the first time. The other 42 slots, sold within 5 days of the unveiling. There are some rich people out there.
Watch: The Debut of Koenigsegg Jesko at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show
The slots were all sold for around $3 million a pop; $2.8 million to be (almost) exact. The more amazing part of it was that he'd already received down-payments from dealers and customers to go ahead and make this wonderful beast. In order to meet the demands of a varying driving side of different countries, the company will produce Jesko with a right as well as a left-sided driver seat, with minimum two right-handed ones gone to Australia for about $6.5 million. Those were the very first sale of the build slots in November 2017.
Of Course, the Car Would Be Named After Koenigsegg's Father — He's Never Let Christian Down on His Ambition
It is fitting that the Swedish car-production giant would name the absolute beast of a car poised to reach the 300 mph mark after his father, Jesko. Jesko von Koenigsegg devoted everything he had to allow his son to fulfill his dream of becoming a big-time car manufacturer, literally everything.
Jesko was the one who took young Christian to see the Norwegian animated movie, Pinchcliffe Grand Prix, that sparked an unending interest and love for building things, especially cars. He and his wife, Brita, encouraged Christian's interest in practical engineering; rebuilding monkey bikes and mopeds, and tuning boat engines. They taught him the ABCDs of business.
There's no better name for the new car.
As is already known (from his net worth article), Jesko funded a large portion for Koenigsegg Automotive AB's capital during its formation. He first helped his son with $300,000 for the production of the first Koenigsegg. He was so engulfed in Christian's dream that it became his dream as well, for Christian to be what he wanted. By the end of the millennium, he'd helped the 47-year-old by loaning him $2 million and even selling his own business to assist Christian in Olofström in 1995.
The 81-year-old has been present in every step of the way of Christian von Koenigsegg and Koenigsegg AB's success. A successful former amateur jockey, he is involved in every day-to-day affair of the company as he proudly stands by his son, who became the person he was meant to be.
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