The race for the fastest production car continues as manufacturer after manufacturer develops the best masterpieces possible, chasing after the title. This time, it’s Koenigsegg, but Christian von Koenigsegg, owner of the elite manufacturer, isn’t going straight for the highest top speed; he’s starting with the quickest acceleration, and then maybe going for more.
“No one needs a car like this. They just need to want one.” – Christian von Koenigsegg
The Koenigsegg One:1 gets its name for being the first car off of the production line to have a true one-to-one weight-horsepower ratio. This means John Hennessey and a few others had the right idea, but what they didn’t do was account for the added weight from fluids, fuel and the driver, while von Koenigsegg has all those factors marked on his chalkboard. The One:1 is a Koenigsegg born from the demand of the consumer. Buyers, especially in Asia, asked for more from the exclusive hypercar, and so von Koenigsegg is delivering something greater than they ever imagined.
“No one needs a car like this,” explained von Koenigsegg. “They just need to want one.”
The hypercar is expected to have the ability to go up to 280 mph, though it will likely be electronically limited to something more reasonable. The rumored 5.0-Liter twin-turbocharged V8 is set to deliver 1,400 hp to the 1,400 kg of aluminum and carbon fiber, giving the driver the ability to go from 0-248 mph in just 20 seconds. That is, if von Koenigsegg’s computers are correct.
While a prototype has yet to be completed, it is under construction and is expected to be finished and begin testing by the end of 2013. However, don’t have your wallets out and ready yet. Only six will be produced, and all have already been claimed. There’s also a waiting list in case one doesn’t fall through.
The price is set to be higher than the Agera S, which is the base the One:1 is built from. Due to the unique custom traits of every Koenigsegg, a precise price will be unclear as the price will vary per buyer. Christian von Koenigsegg and his team are well known for the extreme levels of customization in their hypercars and delivering the perfect vehicle to their customers. To get a gist of the idea, consider this: buyers were asked to include their weight with their order to ensure the correct weight to power ratio.