Swedish hypercar manufacturer, Koenigsegg, has thrown in the towel on the speed race and developed a car so fast that it doesn’t need to make another one ever again. This is the Jesko Absolut!
The misfiring Geneva Motor Show is now a distant memory but there is one car from the defunct show that deserves a few words and that’s the Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut.
It’s the fastest production car that the company has ever developed and none of its future models will ever attempt to unseat it.
Before we talk speed though, let’s look at some numbers quickly. Powering the Jesko Absolut is a twin-turbocharged 5.0-litre V8 engine that produces 955 kW and 1 000 Nm of torque when guzzling petrol but on E85 (85% ethanol + 15% petrol) those numbers swell to 1 193 kW and 1 500 Nm. A 9-speed automatic transmission is able to change gears “in virtually zero time from any gear to any other gear – regardless of how many gears are skipped” says Koenigsegg.
While Koenigsegg hasn’t specified an official top speed, the company has crunched the numbers and it believes a top speed of around 532 kph is possible. The Jesko Absolut slips through the air with a drag coefficient of just 0.278 and weighs only 1 320 kg.
Bear in mind that the fastest production car in the world is currently the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ which achieved a speed of 490 kph.
The proof is in the pudding, however, and the challenge Koenigsegg faces now is to find and access a road long enough for the Jesko Absolut to stretch its legs and reach its top speed and claim the crown as the fastest car in the world. That will take some time, but for now, we can only revel in the magnificence of this car.