Koenigsegg Jesko Theoretically Capable Of Well Over 500kmh, According To Hardcore Maths

Koenigsegg hasn’t yet revealed the top speed of the Jesko Absolut, but Engineering Explained has come up with an answer. Time to get our heads around the insane stats
Koenigsegg Jesko Theoretically Capable Of Well Over 500kmh, According To Hardcore Maths

The Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut may only have been revealed recently, but it’s already causing a stir. It’s Koenigsegg’s answer to the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport - the first car ever to reach a speed of more than 300mph - plus the two other cars gunning for 300mph motoring, the Hennessey Venom F5 and SSC Tuatara.

It’s also likely to be the fastest car Koenigsegg will ever make. Christian von Koenigsegg isn’t particularly interested in chasing speed records after the Jesko Absolut (you’d probably need a jet and a salt pan to go any faster), so it’s essentially a final attempt at top-speed bragging rights. As you’d expect from the Swedish speed freaks, the Jesko has a suitably bonkers spec sheet. It produces a Chiron-matching 1600hp, but weighs substantially less (just 1390kg, a whole 605kg lighter than the Chiron) and all that power only goes to the rear wheels. There’s an incredibly complex seven-clutch gearbox without a flywheel, too.

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The Jesko Absolut is missing the ridiculously massive wing of the Jesko, but there are more changes than initially meets the eye. The dive planes and bonnet vents are gone, the front splitter and the whole rear end have been reshaped, it gets new aerodynamic rear wheel covers and the ride height is lower than the Jesko. You’ll have noticed that the rear fins still remain. These help high-speed stability and actually reduce drag, rather than increasing it.

In this video, Jason Fenske explains how all of this means the Jesko Absolut has much, mess less downforce than the Jesko - about 10 times less, in fact - and a drag coefficient that’s almost 30 percent better than the Chiron. With so little downforce, Koenigsegg says that the Jesko Absolut is so much kinder on its tyres than the Agera RS. That car hit 278mph, which may soon seem a little pedestrian…

125 Jeskos will be made in total, with customer demand dictating how much of each derivative is sold
125 Jeskos will be made in total, with customer demand dictating how much…

There’s some complicated maths in the video - it takes us back to trying to understand physics lessons at school - but the end figure (we’ll let Jason reveal that) is nothing short of staggering. It seems like the Jesko Absolut could make the Bugatti Chiron look slow, as the Chiron couldn’t quite hit the 500kmh threshold in its top speed run.

So: when’s the Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut top speed run going to happen, Christian?


Olivier (CT's grammar commie)

Everyone’s talking about 300 mph, but all I’m really about is 500 km/h. It’s been well over fifteen years since the Veyron jumped the 400 km/h mark.

03/11/2020 - 19:27 |
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Shows you what can happen in 15 years!

03/11/2020 - 22:52 |
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Robert Gracie

Well if the Maths adds up then it has to be accurate, as for locations, Nevada would be one but also what about if you wanna be brave, Eyre Highway in Australia there are sections on that road used as a Runway! no I am not kidding there are runway sections on that road!


03/11/2020 - 20:34 |
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brum brum brumiddy brum brum fast car brum brum

03/11/2020 - 21:37 |
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For all you Amuricans, 500 kmh is 310 mph.

03/11/2020 - 23:31 |
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“first car ever to reach a speed of more than 300mph” I just have to point out, That record was beaten in the 20s

03/12/2020 - 00:22 |
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Actually sorry. They didn’t even break it. Went 1 way. Rules state, Top speed runs must be 2 ways.

03/12/2020 - 00:25 |
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In reply to by Lbs207

First ever road car 😂😂

03/15/2020 - 03:24 |
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Robert Gracie

I do trust what Engineering Explained has to say on the maths, if you follow the reasoning behind it, it works out for the best

03/12/2020 - 00:54 |
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This must be LMH

03/12/2020 - 15:17 |
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