Koenigsegg’s One:1 Redefines High Performance

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What do you do if you’ve already made one of the fastest cars in the world? Well, naturally, you make one that’s even faster — because you can. That’s what Sweden’s Christian Von Koenigsegg and his team have done, and if anyone is qualified to do it, it’s them.

Behold the mighty Koenigsegg One:1. We’ve seen plenty of strange names for cars, but this one — and it may be just the way its formatted — is among the weirder. But as is usually the case, the car’s bizarre name is representative of the car itself.

For those who are familiar with Koenigsegg, the company’s name says almost everything you need to know. For those who are not, Koenigsegg is a Swedish outfit known for making some of the most insane high-performance cars in the world. From a small hangar in Scandinavia, they build cars like the Agera and Agera R that rival the likes of Bugatti’s Veyron and the 270-mile-per-hour Hennessey Venom GT.

The One:1 is the latest creation from Koenigsegg’s skunkworks, and theoretically, it can do 280 flat out. While it looks largely like the Agera, the One:1 has been tweaked and fiddled with to give it a 1-to-1 horsepower-to-weight ratio, hence the name of the car. “The One:1 is one of the most obscene and amazing supercars that will ever exist,” Jalopnik says.

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The One:1 produces a staggering 1,360 horsepower, which is paired with 737 pound-feet of torque. To put that in perspective, that’s about a fifth of the power produced by world’s first nuclear power plant that generated electricity for commercial use (1,360 horsepower equals about one megawatt).

What makes that figure even more amazing is that the car weighs just 1,360 kilograms — not dry, either. That includes a half-tank of gas and all the other fluids topped off. The car you are gawking at is perhaps one of the most incredible engineering feats in recent automotive memory just because Koenigsegg is such a small firm.

To keep weight down, many components of the car are 3-D printed in house, allowing the company to save money and weight. The exhaust tip is the largest 3-D printed piece of titanium ever constructed, Jalopnik reports. Virtually every component on this car was designed to weigh as little as possible simply to ensure that each horsepower is only responsible for moving one kilogram around with it. The dedication to weight savings was “fanatical,” according to Jalopnik.

Despite all this, the Koenigsegg isn’t just a stripped-out shell like one would expect. It still has GPS and adaptive suspension; it even syncs with your phone. More importantly, though it’s a car bred for track use, Koenigsegg has ensured that the owner can drive it home after, too. In addition to being insanely fast, this car can take the corners with the best of them.

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Despite its immense power, the One:1 only has eight cylinders, aided by two turbos. And it only displaces five liters, too — the Veyron, long the benchmark of power and speed, displaces eight liters over 16 cylinders and uses four turbos to produce around 1,200 horsepower, for comparison.

Active aerodynamics help keep all that power firmly planted on the ground. “On the underside of the front end, cut outs are added to the carbon fiber to weaken it,” Jalopnik says. “Then there are hydraulic actuators which are actually used to bend the carbon fiber and direct the air through the body and out through the hood.”

Even on the outside, the One:1 has numerous F1 racing bits adorning the sheet metal. Knowing Koenigsegg’s distaste for anything extraneous, it’s a good bet that none of those are there purely for decoration and that every piece serves a purpose of some kind. Airflow to the engine is up 40 percent, and the roof-mounted spoiler is the world’s first. This car is groundbreaking and standard-setting in just about every way.

Only six are being made, and they have all been spoken for: the Agera R went for roughly $1.6 million, so it’s likely that the One:1 reached the $2 million mark and even beyond. The new car will be making its public debut on March 3 at the Geneva Motor Show, and we look forward to learning more then.

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