How quickly has the world of performance changed in 20 years?
When Christian von Koenigsegg built his first Swedish rocket in 2002, the Koenigsegg CC8S set the Guinness World Record for the most powerful production engine, with a staggering 655 horsepower at the time.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of creating some of the fastest cars in history and its 50th birthday in July, Koenigsegg chose Pebble Beach to unpack an approximately $ 3 million reverse link: the CC850 generates 1,385 ethanol-assisted horsepower from a 5.0-liter twin-turbo engine A V-8, more than twice the size of its original hypercar. The CEO and founder of the company mentions a review of this CC8S in a UK magazine.
“He said, ‘That’s crazy, 655 horsepower is way too much!’ And today we have the AMG E-Class or BMW 5 Series with so much power, ”von Koenigsegg said in a video interview this week.
“But CC8S put us on the map and was the basis of what we do today.”
He said the CC850 “is a tribute to what is the most significant car in Koenigsegg’s history.”
Those analog foundations included a six-speed manual gearbox with a gate that I experienced a Snick-Snick enjoyment in the only Koenigsegg I’ve ever ridden: a CCX worth just $ 1.05 million and at 245mph borrowed from a Long Island dealer in 2008. with a wide-eyed dealer driving a shotgun, I took third gear on a 9W route overlooking the Hudson River … at 128mph). The new CC850 is designed to deliver those old-time emotions with a technical twist never before seen in a production car. This insanely complex gearbox is designed to look and feel like a traditional six-speed manual gearbox. There is a real clutch pedal and a spectacularly looking gearshift lever – slender stick, exposed mechanics, barrel-shaped knob – topped with a Swedish flag, just like on the CC8S. But this mechanical interface hides a wizard behind a curtain: the company’s Lightspeed Transmission, an engineering marvel with nine speeds, seven clutches and shifting in just two milliseconds.
What the company calls the “Engage Shift System” can be driven as an adaptive, manual clutch with six forward gears – and two sets of gears selectable by the driver for road or track use. Or switch to a smooth nine-speed automatic operation and either relax or hold on tight. The company says it is the world’s first owner’s manual that can adapt the gear ratios to different driving situations. The clutch pedal integrates hydraulic force feedback for a natural feel but changes completely via wire. The same goes for a mechanical gear stick inspired by Swiss chronographs, the commands of which are translated by an automatic transmission.
“Every effort has been made to make the ESS one of the most engaging textbooks ever created,” promises the company in a press release.
“You can steer it like a normal clutch, there’s no difference,” says von Koenigsegg, including clumsy operation, Monaco’s butlers warn: “If you jump off the clutch, the car even jerks and goes out.”
Once you’ve mastered shifting, the CC850 will jump endlessly with 1,020 lb-ft of torque, even with the high horsepower of 200 lead-free dings, up to 1,185 horses. A corn-fed E85, the streamlined car meets the Koenigsegg One: 1 to 2014 fame requirements, with a power-to-weight ratio of 1,385 horses to 1,385 kilograms, or 3,047 pounds. The slim form is supported by a rigid carbon fiber body with an aluminum honeycomb, a safe passenger compartment and a carbon fiber body with Kevlar. Ceramic brakes provide room for 16.1-inch front discs on stepped wheels (20 inches front, 21 rear) covered with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S rubber. As with the 1,600 hp Jesko, the engine we developed does not have an energy-intensive flywheel, making it arguably the fastest engine in the world up to 8,500 rpm. The face of the crankshaft is flat, the intake manifold is carbon, and the exhaust manifold is a Tig-welded, 3D-printed piece of expensive Inconel.
“The motor’s synaptic response and auditory sensation are truly otherworldly and incomparable,” reads the press release. Owners are free to use this explanation when a policeman is measuring their speed over 200mph.
The prototype shown in Quail, a motorsport meeting at Pebble Beach – perhaps the pinnacle of a weekend of exclusivity, helicopter arrivals, ice oysters and frozen botox – is the only one that exists and is fully manageable.
Von Koenigsegg says he drove it on a test track and in the company’s hangar. “The performance is stunning,” he says.
Where Jesko Attack hunts for the fastest lap times with maximum downforce and channels and the Jesko Absolute flirts with a theoretical top speed of 330mph, the CC850 is meant to be the driver’s car: less top performing, more maximum driving fun. Design priorities include cornering, handling and braking. The top-mounted active fold-out sash still generates an enormous 455 lb. down force.
“He’s somewhere in the middle, not as fast on the track as the Attack, and has a lower top speed than the Absolute,” he says. “It’s all a celebration of the analog, but with extreme performance at the top.”
That said, the new model can have one plate securely in the bag.
“This has to be the fastest manual car I can think of on the racetrack,” says von Koenigsegg. That is, assuming you accept it as an instruction.
Dual turbochargers with ceramic ball bearings reduce the noise compared to Jesko turbines to eliminate all traces of lag.
“You can have one hand on the gear lever and the other hand on the steering wheel at full throttle, so you don’t want any extra surprises,” says von Koenigsegg. ”
After settling the $ 3 million check, drivers position themselves in a fantastic interior to caress the classic round steering wheel and admire the chronograph-style instrument cluster with multiple analogue hands. (Tach and speedo may require a special warranty considering the workouts that will endure). The symmetrical layout of the interior makes it easy to adapt to either right-hand or left-hand traffic markets. This continuation of the Regera, Gemera and Jesko models follows on from the early models with Nordic brand features, including triple tail lights and center lock aluminum rims.
The new car has familiar brand features such as a visor-like windshield, easy-to-reach synchro-helix double-walled door and a removable hardtop. The hydraulic Autoskin feature allows the CC850 to make a seven-digit strip, opening all doors and compartments with the push of a button.
Von Koenisegg adds that creating a manual supercar in 2022 is a huge challenge, not only in terms of complying with emission standards, but also providing owners with the performance and features they expect at these prices. As a maraschino cherry on top of this marvelous sweetness, Koenigsegg jokes that it “has what you’d expect from a cheap car” such as Apple CarPlay, inductive phone charging, bird’s eye view and reverse parking sensors.
Thanks to recently expanded plants, the company, which built three or four cars in its inaugural year, can now build one per week. Production of the CC850 should start next summer, limited to 50 units (a nod to Christian’s last birthday), which is expected to be completed within 2.5 to three years.
What makes Koenigsegg stand out among collectors who swarm in Pebble Beach lawns and jostle each other at seven-figure auctions? Exclusivity, of course, because the company has built just over 250 cars in the last two decades. But there is more to it, says the founder.
“They are unique for a number of reasons: the technology we put inside them, that they are completely hand-built in every way, and that we equip them with more home solutions and technology than any small-volume car I know of.”