Koenigsegg Agera One:1 is a Slice of Hypercar Valhalla
Improbable though it may sound, Swedish supercar company Koenigsegg is celebrating its 20th birthday this year. Yes, it was back on August 12, 1994 that then-22-year-old Chirstian von Koenigsgegg embarked on fulfilling his dream of creating his own low-slung, high-powered exotic car. Since then, Koenigsegg has managed to do what Vector, Jiotto, Lotec and scores of other supercar startups could not: Become a going concern, and a quite successful one at that.
Considering how the company has beaten the odds, it shouldn’t be terribly surprising that it is releasing a special model to commemorate this milestone anniversary. But instead of whipping up a batch of stickers and numbered dash plaques, slapping them on regular Ageras and calling it a day, Koenigsegg has created a brand new variation of the Agera. And one of its stats breaks so much new ground that its maker claims this model is the first member of a brand new performance car subcategory: Megacar.
This new car, dubbed the Agera One:1, features many of the expected supercar arrows in its quiver (i.e. advanced active and passive aerodynamics, ridiculously powerful engine, etc.), but there’s an extra one that merits special mention: The power-to-weight ratio. Koenigsegg says the car’s 5.0L twin-turbo V8 (paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission) produces 1,341 horsepower (which translates to 1 megawatt) and weighs 1,341 kilograms (2,956 lbs.), giving it a power-to-weight ratio of 1:1, thus the name. For reference, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport makes “only” 1,200 horsepower and weighs about 4,000 lbs. So yeah, the Agera One:1 should be obscenely fast; in fact, Koenigsegg says computer simulations suggest it will max out at 273 mph, or 3 mph over the mark recently set by the Hennessey Venom GT.
However, don’t assume this super-Agera is only about speedometer-pegging; Koenigsegg also designed it to corner. A huge front splitter, front dive planes, an active rear wing hanging from a pair of fins on the engine cover, adjustable underbody flaps, speed-dependent automatic height-adjustment and even the side-view mirrors are just some of the components that collaborate to generate an impressive 1,345 lbs. of downforce at 160 mph. Thanks to all that downforce (and the sticky Michelin Cup 2 tires), the Agera One:1 will supposedly pull 2 G in the turns. And check this out: The car uses GPS to anticipate the next corner on a road or race track and pre-adjusts the suspension accordingly, plus the onboard 3G hotspot can be used to send telemetry data to a companion app on your iPhone.
So this car basically delivers racecar-grade performance for the street. However, don’t expect one to show up on your street or, for that matter, your driveway: Koenigsegg is going to build just six examples of the Agera One:1, and all six have already been sold. Of course, there’s a pretty good chance some of this car’s tech will show up on future “regular” Koenigsegg models, so don’t go drowning your sorrows in Absolut just yet.