If you have some spare cash on hand and are hunting for a vehicle with a little pop in the accelerator, then Koenigsegg Automotive AB may have the car for you.
The Swedish automaker’s 2014 Agera S “hypercar” will take you from 0 to 62 mph in a scant 2.9 seconds and will hit a top speed of 260 mph if you have a long straightaway in your backyard. It also offers a V-8 engine that peaks at 1,030 hp and 811 lb-ft of torque, a max lateral acceleration of 1.6 g’s, and a braking package that enables it to decelerate from 62 mph down to zero in just 100 ft. All for a starting price of $1.46 million.
As dazzling as those numbers are, however, the Agera’s most amazing stat may be the size of its engineering staff. “We have between 15 and 20 engineers at any given time, and all of them have to do more than one thing,” Jens Sverdrup, regional director for Koenigsegg Automotive AB, told Design News. “Our software engineers do hardware. We have one engineer who designs our carbon wheels and our electronics. You can’t be a one-trick pony around here.”
Indeed, the engineers at Koenigsegg have a full plate. They designed the vehicle’s 5.0-liter, V-8 aluminum engine, front and rear suspensions, carbon-fiber monocoque, carbon-fiber leather-clad interior, and one-of-a-kind carbon-fiber wheels. And along with creating those performance systems, they also configured the car to include all the normal street-legal vehicle amenities, such as airbags, emission components, antilock brakes, electronic stability controls, and countless other necessary sub-systems. ”It’s brutal yet refined,” Sverdrup told us. “It’s an old-school supercar combined with new technology.”
From its 1,000-hp engine and Triplex rear suspension to its carbon-fiber wheels and custom-designed electronics, here’s a peek at the hottest hypercar around. (Click on the image below to start the slideshow.)
Koenigsegg’s Agera S accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds and has a top speed of 260 mph. The Swedish automaker has built 30 of them, with some selling in excess of $4 million. Starting price is $1.46 million.
(Source: Koenigsegg Automotive AB)
Chuck, first things first. I WANT ONE!! I just planning to build a shed so that I can clear out the third bay in the garage. This would fit nicely there.
Actually, one of my sons and I were watching this documentary on Koenigsegg on-line. It was great. There was a guy whose job it was to test the cars. I am not sure of what else he does. The camera was mounted inside the car aand pointed at the driver and passenger (the documentary film maker). The expressions were priceless. Koenigsegg's factory is at an old air base. They use the runways to test. The test driver was in pure heaven, smiling all the time, while driving this car, hard. I think he was 22 years old. The film maker was in sheer terror the whole time.
I am a little dissiapointed though. I thought it might be a V-12. Oh, well.
This may have been a triumph of engineering skill, but to what purpose? You can't use the "hyper" performance on any public road, and it you are interested in the racetrack, why have the weight and cost of the street legal features?
As for "outrunning the cops" they don't have to chase you. Just radio ahead for a roadblock, or just wait til you eventually stop and bust you at rest.
Any company whose product combines human beings with 1000hp would have at least that number of engineers working full time on quality control alone. This vehicle probably goes from 0-fault-indicator-illuminated in 2.8 seconds.
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More than 35 years later, the post-mortem on one of the country’s worst engineering disasters appears to be simple. A contractor asked for a change in an original design. The change was approved by engineers, later resulting in a mammoth structural collapse that killed 114 people and injured 216 more.
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