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The $3 Million Car Is Quite Fast

Swedish automaker Koenigsegg claims its just lately unveiled Jesko supercar ought to have the ability to obtain speeds of 300 miles per hour.

Whereas the corporate hasn’t been in a position to show it but, if true, that may make the Koenigsegg Jesko the quickest avenue authorized manufacturing automotive on the planet — by a large margin. The present report holder is mostly understood to be Koenigsegg’s Agara RS, which this automobile is changing. An Agara RS went 278 miles an hour on a Nevada Freeway in 2017. (There is no such thing as a agreed upon governing physique or standardized take a look at for “high pace” so file claims are at all times open to quibbling by different automakers.)

The beginning worth for the Jesko, which Koenigsegg unveiled on the Geneva Motor Present this week, is roughly $2.eight million. It has a 5.0-liter turbocharged V8 engine that may produce 1,280 horsepower utilizing common gasoline or 1,600 utilizing E85, which incorporates 85% ethanol. It additionally has a nine-pace transmission with seven clutches. Most automated transmissions with clutches (most do not need them) use one or two. The multitude of clutches — one for reverse and six for ahead gears — permits the transmission to immediately shift between any two gears. As an example, if the automobile is cruising in seventh gear and fast acceleration is required, it may well instantly shift all the way down to fourth with out having to step down by way of sixth and fifth. That saves time when accelerating. The driving force also can choose gears utilizing a stick that resembles a handbook transmission shifter.

The Jesko’s physique additionally incorporates a number of aerodynamic options, together with an unlimited routinely adjustable rear wing that may produce as much as 2,200 kilos of downward stress at extraordinarily excessive speeds. It additionally has four-wheel steering. The rear wheels flip in addition to the entrance wheels for tighter turns or smoother lane change maneuvers.