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|Bugatti Veyron Vitesse vs. Koenigsegg Agera R – Video||
Epic car battles only happen every once in a while, most times when we have a definitive winner. The new Koenigsegg Agera R, among other hypercars, have attempted to dethrone the Bugatti Veyron of its coveted high-speed titles. Of course a drag race, what you are about see below, is no end-all for any vehicle as it comes down to the driver, conditions, ect. ect. ect. Having said that, we can clearly see one vehicle winning this race but the last race we are not so sure of. Of course we are Veyron fan-boys, who isn’t? The Agera R ripping up the Veyron would be a surprise to us, as it has won over our hearts in the past. Both amazing vehicles!!! You check it out for yourself and chime in below in the comments area. Enjoy!
|Inside Koenigsegg Explains The Transaxle: Video||
Unless something goes wrong, most people don’t spend any time thinking about their transmission. If you have a passion for driving, especially on a track, you know how key a role the transmission plays in generating low lap times, especially when you’re talking about a transaxle with an embedded differential.
The differential is what allows you to get the power from the transmission (and engine, obviously) to the ground. An open differential, used on most non-performance cars, limits traction as it does nothing to prevent wheel spin when grip is lost (especially if the car lacks modern technology like electronic traction control). A locked differential provides the best grip in a straight line, but makes cornering difficult since the rear wheels can’t rotate at different speeds as they corner.
Koenigsegg’s transaxle uses a hydraulically-locking differential that can respond very quickly to a loss of traction at the rear wheel. The net result is higher cornering limits, as well as the capability of getting on the power earlier in a corner than you’d expect from a mid-engine, rear-drive car.
While the Koenigsegg gearbox uses a conventional dry clutch at the engine, it also incorporates a wet clutch to instantly drop the speed of the input shaft when shifting gears. The net result is zero synchronization time, resulting in faster shifts from the automated manual gearbox.
Though the Koenigsegg Agera R makes some 1,140 horsepower, its transmission is among the lightest in the supercar world, weighing in at just 81 kilograms (178 pounds). Like everything else on the Agera R, you get the feeling that serious thought went into its design, as opposed to merely buying an off-the shelf transmission from a mainstream supplier.
This is the final video in the “Inside Koenigsegg” series, and we’re going to miss Christian Von Koenigsegg’s expert narration of the product that bears his name. We may lack the income to park one in our own garage, but we’ll admit that the series has given us a tremendous respect for the boutique hypercar manufacturer.
|The Brains Behind The Koenigsegg Agera R: Video||
Not too long ago, cars were entirely mechanical in nature, tuned via screwdriver and wrench, not via laptop computer. Evolution in any species is inevitable, and today’s cars are controlled by electronics as much as they’re controlled by the driver. Every system, from engine to transmission to brakes to climate control to airbags, relies on signals from sensors processed through control units.
In the case of Koenigsegg, all hardware and operational software is developed in house, which is a monumental task for a company this small. In terms of new product, up to 20-percent of a car’s development time is spent on the electronics, and all of Koenigsegg’s software engineers work on engine or chassis teams as well. Unlike larger automakers, who routinely develop components in isolation to work across an entire model range, Koenigsegg’s electronics and software are developed in cooperation with functional teams.
As Christian von Koenigsegg explains, there is no difference between the outside of the car, which everyone sees, and the smallest electronic component, hidden from view. Each carries his name and the name of his company, meaning that each much function perfectly, every time, without exception.
Is this obsessive? Perhaps, but Koenigsegg isn’t selling value-priced cars to the masses. At the Agera R’s price and performance point, there is no such thing as “good enough.”
|Inside Koenigsegg Talks About Carbon Fiber: Video||
In case you missed last week’s teaser, “Inside Koenigsegg” is a nine part series, airing on Drive and hosted by the company’s founder, Christian Von Koenigsegg. The videos promise to give a look behind the scenes at one of the world’s premier supercar builders, but will also explain how technology developed for the Agera R trickles down to more common uses.
Carbon fiber is used extensively throughout the Agera R, as it’s lightweight, strong and (important for chassis development) extremely rigid. Koenigsegg claims that his cars are the most carbon fiber-intensive production vehicles built today, as over 400 parts are built using the exotic and expensive material.
Creating a component from carbon fiber sheeting is a labor-intensive process involving the layering of carbon fiber sheets inside a mold along with various films and materials meant to evenly distribute pressure or vacuum. Once the part is layered up, heat and pressure (or vacuum) are used to consolidate the layers, and Koenigsegg describes the process as a “black art.” His company has been perfecting it since 1994, so we’d say that’s an educated opinion.
When properly molded, carbon fiber parts offer a strength to weight ration like few other materials on the planet. Make an error in the manufacturing process (unlikely, given Koenigsegg’s experience) and the part can be weak and brittle, failing at the worst possible time. In other words, there’s little margin for error.
Over the next few years, you can expect to see carbon fiber parts begin to make their way into more and more production cars. Until someone figures out a way to automate the production process, however, the material isn’t likely to be inexpensive to produce.
|“Inside Koenigsegg” To Debut On YouTube’s Drive: Video||
The Koenigsegg Agera R can dash from 0-186-0 mph in a mere 21.19 seconds, faster than any other production car on the planet, including the Bugatti Veyron. Running conventional 93-octane gasoline, the Agera R puts out an impressive 960 horsepower; on E85, however, it makes a truly astounding 1,140 horsepower. Recent updates to the Agera R include “Aircore” wheels, constructed using hollow carbon fiber spokes, and a revised suspension designed to further boost handling.
If you get the feeling that Koenigsegg is a supercar builder that does things a bit differently, you’d be correct. Now, YouTube’s Drive channel is giving us a behind-the-scenes look at Koenigsegg, hosted by none other than Christian Von Koenigsegg himself. The nine-part series will debut on January 8, and it promises to be much more than just an advertorial for the Koenigsegg brand.
Sure, we expect lots of “we’re better than the competition” segments, but Drive also promises that the series will look at how technology developed by Koenigsegg has the potential of improving even ordinary passenger cars. Aircore wheels, for example, will certainly help boost performance and handling, but they’ll also help to increase fuel economy, essential in the world of mainstream production cars. While we wouldn’t expect the Ford Fusion to sport hollow carbon fiber wheels any time soon, lower carbon fiber production costs could eventually lead to more widespread usage.
If you’re not a fan of Koenigsegg, or if you’ve never even heard of the Swedish brand, the series still offers up a glimpse into a world that few of us will ever see first hand. For that reason alone, we say it’s not to be missed.
|Koenigsegg Shows Off Bespoke Customization In New Agera R BLT||
Koenigsegg, at the helm of Christian Von Koenigsegg, has been known for building super-exclusive exotic vehicles capable of shattering world records and appeasing the most meticulous exotic car buyer at the same time. With the introduction of the Agera R, Koenigsegg wants to serve up unparalleled customization options for future customers. To do this, Koenigsegg has presented a customization division called BLT.
BLT may sound like one of your favorite sandwiches, though, you can think of the Koenigsegg Agera R BLT to be “better” -because bacon makes everything better. Jokes aside, the Koenigsegg Agera R BLT starts of its customization for a customer in China featuring this blue-tinted carbon fiber body with red pin striping. The interior gets its own one-off customization with accenting blue leather and blue cross-stitching to go along with the new owner’s choice of “features”.
Pricing on BLT customization for the Agera R featured here includes $28,000 for a Thule rooftop cargo box and $11,700 for winter wheels and tires. We are sure no expense was spared when it comes to other BLT customization options on this one-of-a-kind $2 million+ supercar.
If you didn’t already know, the Koenigsegg Agera R is powered by a 1140 horsepower and 885 lb-ft of torque 5.0-liter V8 twin-turbo engine using E85 fuel. At a curb weight of 3,165 pounds, the Koenigsegg Agera R is able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds and top-out at 245 mph.
|World’s Most Exotic Supercars Take to the Track at Once: Video||
You have probably seen those epic images of some of the hottest exotic cars around all parked together on a track. The images come from Hong Kong photographer, Chester Ng (SuzukiProduction.com). He not only captures stills of this epic ’2012 Super Show in Shanghai’ track event, but he was so gracious to capture video footage and shared it with us.
Hit up the jump below to see some of these outrageous cars (Bugatti Veyron, Koenigsegg Agera R, Pagani Zonda Cinque, Lamborghini Aventador, Aston Martin One-77, Ferrari Enzo, Ferrari 458 Italia, and so on) take to the track for a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity.
For HD: Click the button to the left of the wrench and then click the circle furthest to the lest on the menu to select HD.
|TGIF Epicness: Koenigsegg Agera R On and Off Track Videos||
Feast your eyes on the Koenigsegg Agera R on and off of the track! All I have to say is ______ . Okay, I’m speechless.
Some the videos below of the 1,000+ horsepower Agera R you may have seen, others, maybe not. Either way, this is a great way to cap off your Friday before you watch the opening ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics later tonight.
|Koenigsegg Agera R More Details Out||
Koenigsegg has come up with more details on their new to-be-debuted automobile – Agera R. The vehicle will be revealed at Geneva motor show. However this is something that makes up the pre-debut reveal.
Agera R is considered to be a slightly improved version of the Koenigsegg Agera. The Speed Racer themed hyper car is equipped with Vortex Generating Rim (VGR) wheels. It gives a turbine effect that in turn creates some down force. The Special Michelin tires incorporated offers a speed rating of up to 260 mph (419 km/h). Well, this is considered to be the highest-speed-rated tires in the world.
It also features a custom carbon fiber roof box which is permanently attached as a single-piece to the roof panel. The standard roof panel is pulled out of the trunk, when the roof box is removed.
No performance specifications of the vehicle have been released. Well, it comes with a larger 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that churns out 1115 PS (1099 bhp / 820 kW) and 1200 Nm (885 lb-ft) of torque.