Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut Sets New World Speed Records

Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut Sets New World Speed Records

The Koenigsegg Jesko, already a sought-after vehicle, has further cemented its legacy by setting new world records. Despite the risks involved, the Jesko Absolut has now achieved the fastest time in the world for the 0-400-0 km/h (0-249-0 mph) sprint.

On June 27, at a Swedish airfield, the Jesko Absolut completed the run in 27.83 seconds, surpassing the previous record of 28.81 seconds set by the Koenigsegg Regera in 2023. This record-setting run was executed by Koenigsegg’s test driver Markus Lundh and was one of four records achieved that day by a fully homologated, standard production car. Other records included 0-400 km/h in 18.82 seconds, 0-250 mph in 19.20 seconds, and 0-250-0 mph in 28.27 seconds.

Preliminary runs on June 26 were hindered by higher-than-optimal temperatures. Consequently, the record-breaking attempts were scheduled for early morning on June 27. The Jesko Absolut, in its standard delivery condition and running on E85 fuel with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 R tires, achieved the records. The only modifications were a roll cage and a One:1 driver seat.

Koenigsegg explained that the Jesko Absolut is designed for straight-line speed with a smaller frontal area, minimal venting to reduce high-pressure air, and no active aerodynamic elements to minimize drag. It is powered by a twin-turbo 5.0-liter V8 engine, producing up to 1,600 hp on E85 fuel.

Christian von Koenigsegg emphasized that this record run validates the Jesko Absolut’s performance capabilities, enhancing confidence in its potential as the fastest homologated production car globally. The next steps involve extensive tire testing and development to achieve this goal.

However, the record-setting achievements were somewhat overshadowed by a recent incident involving a Jesko. On June 15, a Jesko caught fire in Greece during a driving event, leading to a ‘do not drive’ advisory. An investigation revealed the fire was caused by a compromised rear hydraulic hose. Koenigsegg has since initiated checks on all Jesko models to ensure the issue is resolved and is developing a software update to detect leaks and shut down the hydraulic system to prevent future fires.

In May 2023, the Rimac Nevera had broken the 0-400-0 km/h record previously held by the Koenigsegg Regera, achieving it in 29.93 seconds. Christian von Koenigsegg then aimed to surpass this with the Jesko Absolut. On June 27, factory test driver Markus Lundh did just that, achieving 27.83 seconds and reaching a top speed of 413 km/h in 1,617 meters of the runway.

The Jesko Absolut’s performance has positioned it as the world’s fastest car on paper, targeting speeds between 330 to 350 mph. This surpasses the estimated top speeds of the Hennessey Venom F5 and the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+.

While Koenigsegg has yet to fully test the Jesko Absolut’s top speed, the company is confident in its potential. Future plans also include exploring the capabilities of the Jesko Attack, possibly targeting records on challenging tracks like the Nurburgring.

In summary, the Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut has set new benchmarks in the automotive world, demonstrating exceptional speed and engineering prowess. The focus now shifts to further testing and achieving new records, solidifying its status as a leader in high-performance vehicles.

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