Koenigsegg is a name that’s synonymous with the fastest cars(s) on the planet. The 1,500 HP Koenigsegg Regera is arguably the most luxurious supercar ever built. The Koenigsegg Agera RS set the top speed record a while back.
Now, we have the Koenigsegg Jesko, the world’s first 300 MPH car due to a light frame an absolutely insane amount of horsepower. Bugatti, McLaren, and others were racing to release the first 300 MPH car and Koenigsegg has won with the Jesko, unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.
This beast of a car is packing ‘5.0 litre twin-turbo V8 engine producing 1280hp on standard gasoline and 1600hp on E85 biofuel’ along with Koenigsegg’s new 9-speed Light Speed Transmission (LST). It has redesigned carbon fiber chassis which has allowed for additional legroom and headroom for the driver.
The 5-liter V8 with 1280 horsepower will push this car past the 300 MPH mark but if those numbers sound familiar it’s because they’re almost identical to the Hennessey Venom F5. The difference maker here is weight and displacement. The Jesko weighs ~11 pounds less than Koenigsegg’s previous model (Agera) and has the ‘world’s lightest production V8 crankshaft’, this was enough to break the barrier of the world’s first 300 MPH supercar.
After debuting at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, Koenigsegg announced the Jesko on their website with a full lineup of specs and facts. It’s already won the Guinness World Record and displaced the McLaren F1 for having the ‘most powerful production engine’ in the world.
The Light Speed Transmission is a definite game changer for Koenigsegg:
The Koenigsegg Jesko features an all-new 9-speed, multi-clutch transmission – the second transmission to be 100% designed and built in-house at Koenigsegg, following the Direct Drive system designed for the Regera.
The Koenigsegg Light Speed Transmission (LST) represents a scale of evolution not seen since the development of modern dual-clutch technology at the turn of the century.
LST comprises nine forward gears and several wet, multidisc clutches in a compact, ultra-light package. The LST is capable of upward and downward gear changes between gears at near light speed thanks to the simultaneous opening and closing of clutches that allows for totally seamless acceleration/deceleration.
This car is also powered by Koenigsegg’s UPOD technology, or Ultimate Power on Demand. This is the brain that optimizes the car’s acceleration and has pushed it to unimaginable speeds.
You can click here to check out the full specs on Koenigsegg’s website.