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This hypercar wants to break the 500 km / h mark

The dispute between Bugatti and Koenigsegg goes into the next round. After the Swedish super sports car manufacturer has dethroned the Chiron in the 0-400-0 km / h discipline with the Agera RS, the attack on the title of fastest car with road approval is now to follow. Bugatti holds the current top speed record with the Chiron Super Sport 300+, which burned an unbelievable 490.484 km / h into the asphalt.

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Jesko Absolut (left) with closed rear rims.

1,600 hp and 1,500 Nm

With the Jesko Absolut - a slightly modified version of the normal Jesko - Koenigsegg not only wants to break this record, but also crack the magic mark of 500 km / h. According to internal calculations, the hypercar should be exact 531 km / h (330 miles per hour). Normally the self-developed 5.0-liter eight-cylinder has an output of 1,280 hp. But that's not enough for the targeted speed record. With racing gasoline (E85) and increased boost pressure (2.2 instead of 1.7 bar), however, the Swedes have succeeded in increasing the output of the bi-turbo engine to 1,600 hp. At the same time, the maximum torque increases to 1,500 Nm. In contrast to the all-wheel drive Chiron, the Jesko Absolut has pure rear-wheel drive. But that also has advantages. Because the Swedish super sports car only weighs 1,290 kilograms and thus weighs around half a ton less than the Bugatti.

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The Absolut has two fins instead of the giant spoiler.

Differences to the normal Jesko

The power is transmitted via a 9-speed gearbox that can skip several gears at full acceleration. Of course, aerodynamics are even more important. According to Koenigsegg, the Jesko Absolut has an atypically low drag coefficient of 0.278 for a sports car. The normal Jesko, which weighs 1,320 kg, relies on a monster wing that generates up to 1.4 tons of contact pressure. This is ideal for the racetrack, but not exactly helpful when chasing high-speed records. That is why the Jesko Absolut only has two discreet fins, which are supposed to stabilize the car at high speeds. The same applies to the nine centimeters longer body (4.85 instead of 4.76 meters). Other distinguishing features are the closed rims on the rear axle and the lack of side flips on the front bumper.

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The removable roof of the Jesko can be stowed under the front hood.

No suitable route yet

Actually, Koenigsegg is ready for the record hunt. At the moment, however, the Swedes still lack the right test track. Because the surface in Nevada, where the 0-400-0 record was set, is too bumpy for a speed of 500 km / h. And the Chrion test site belongs to the Bugatti parent company Volkswagen, which is probably not very interested in Koenigsegg breaking its own record. This area therefore falls flat. Nevertheless, Koenigsegg is confident that the attack on the speed crown will take place in 2020. Then we'll see how fast the Jesko Absolute actually is.

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