A Speed Feat
For Sweden that’s known for its chocolates, classic music bands and great brands like Volvo – unquestionably the safest carmaker in the world –is now home to hyper car maker, Koenigsegg– creator of one of the fastest cars in the world. This Swedish manufacturer etched its name in the annals of automotive history with the launch of the Koenigsegg Agera RS that was showcased for the first time at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Last year, it wrestled the record for the fastest 0-400 km/h sprint from Bugatti Chiron.
The Koenigsegg Agera RS has taken everything the car manufacturer has learnt from the development of its One:1–its first mega car in 2014 and pushed it up a notch. The story of the Koenigseggcar company begins in 1994 and is one of humble beginnings. From selling frozen chicken and incorrectly-spelt plastic bags to manufacturing one of the fastest cars in the world, Christian von Koenigsegg has come a long, long way.
Struggle To Make The Supercar
Founded about a quarter of a century back in Sweden, the company had a crystal-clear goal–to create one of the fastest cars in the world. From tearing pages, out of old car magazines, poring over technical manuscripts to searching for ways to make his dream car on a shoestring budget, Koenigsegg did it all. Several years of hard work, research, development and prototyping later, he manufactured his first supercar, the Koenigsegg CC. In fact, he worked on the primary design, going as far as sketching the perfect interpretation of his dream car on his own, and sold his first car in 2002.
Named after a word that means ‘to take action’, the Agera series was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2010, taking the brand into a new adventurous territory. The Agera consisted of a new interior highlighted by Koenigsegg’s new ghost lighting system. The new VGR wheels were carefully designed to resemble turbines that were able to extract heat from the car’s brakes. It also marked the shift from super charging to turbo charging. Taking the power-potential to a whole new level while maintaining its light-weighted engine, the new exhaust system was redesigned to eliminate turbo lag. No wonder, the first Agera was firing out a full 960hp and over 1,100Nm of torque – more than enough to ‘take action’ whenever you needed it. The Agera won the Top Gear HyperCar of the Year award in 2010. The change from super charging to turbo charging made way for the 1,360hp megawatt engine which was first used in the revolutionary One:1.
Koenigsegg’s unique Triplex suspension system, numerous aerodynamic advances and the Aircore hollow-spoke carbonfibre wheel were also inspired by this range. Various multiple straight-line and circuit speed records have also been set by Agera, beginning with its 0-300-0 km/h record in 2011, rounded out by its five world speed records set in November 2017.
Inside This Swedish Hyper Vehicle
The latest in the series – the Agera RS features Koenigsegg’s highest ever output running only on regular 95-octane gasoline – 1160hp. With software updates, active suspension settings stored in the Koenigsegg cloud and stability management, the supercar has paved the path for future hypercars.
Even though the car was made with the ‘track’ in mind, it is equally great for regular use. With all the functionalities of the Agera’s previous R and S models, the car uses advanced technology developed by Koenigsegg in the One:1 program.
Some of the enhancements in the Koenigsegg Agera RS include advanced lightweight sound insulation, an all-new front splitter optimised for the track, front winglets, side skirts, advanced dynamic underbody flap system and a dynamically active rear spoiler for added downforce. The side air outlets behind the front wheels have also been improved along with an increased power and a raised rpm limit.
Similar to the Agera S, the engine has been enhanced for regular pump gas and offers 1160 bhp on regular petrol which is an incredible 232 bhp per litre with perfect reliability. The Koenigsegg Agera RS, in some markets, can also be arranged to run on E85 for higher power levels. At the same time, the engine management system gives the driver the ability to regulate on-the-fly to any fuel mix.
The Beautiful Beast
Other functionalities include a detachable hardtop that can be stowed internally and a usable luggage compartment. 10 of the 25 cars in the limited Koenigsegg Agera RS series were already.