This Is How The Koenigsegg Gemera's Inline-Three Develops 600bhp

Engineering Explained delves into the technical makeup of Koenigsegg's ‘Tiny Friendly Giant' 2.0-litre inline-three

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The Koenigsegg Gemera is awash with mind-blowing details. The most fascinating element is surely the engine - despite having only three cylinders and displacing just 2.0 litres, it produces 600bhp.

It’s also mounted in the middle yet powers the front wheels and has a seven-clutch gearbox, but less focus on one thing at a time - in this case, the output. How, exactly, has Christian and his team pushed so much out of such a small and light (70kg) package? Thankfully, YouTube’s most prominent whiteboard enthusiast Engineering Explained is here to make sense of what’s going on inside the Tiny Friendly Giant’s diminutive frame.

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We’d recommend watching the whole thing and absorbing all of the knowledge Jason Fenske lays down, but what we will say is there are a few main areas that help the TFG achieve a specific output two and a half times greater than the next highest three-pot.

The TFG has huge bores and a very long stroke, but despite that, it’s capable of revving to 8500rpm. In other words, you have big pistons moving very far and very quickly. It also has a very clever sequential turbocharger setup and a ‘FreeValve’ cylinder head that controls the valves via pneumatic actuators, negating the need for a conventional camshaft.

Makes you wonder - how is Koenigsegg going to top this level of engineering geekery?