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Slideshow: Koenigsegg's $1.46M 'Hypercar' Goes From 0-62 in 2.9 Seconds Flat

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William K.
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Re: Hypercar
William K.   10/10/2013 2:30:11 PM
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jallenn, folks with mindsets like yours are the reason we have so many stupid regulations. Just because a car is able to perform does not mean that the driver will drive that fast. Look at the high performance cars that have been available for a lot of years, and they are generally driven in a reasonable manner.

And one very important reality is that just because you would not be able to drive a car like that safely does not mean that there aren't a lot of folks who could drive it very well. Please don't assume that everybody else has no more skills than you do.

bob from maine
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Awesome car
bob from maine   10/10/2013 1:41:40 PM
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Charles; You come up with some excellent articles - fun reading! A thousand HP is almost inconceivable and 800+ Ft/Lbs of torque should be enough to lift the left front wheel off the ground in most circumstances. This and other truly Super cars stretch the bounds of what's possible. The fact that there is actually a market for these leaps of fantasy makes them possible, though one wonders what their business plan must look like. Many years ago Road and Track magazine road-tested the FIRST production automobile that was able to exceed 1.0G of lateral acceleration on their skid-pad; it was the Porsche 356 - the predecessor to the 911. Since then there have been relatively few cars that reach or exceed 1.0G. In looking through their tests column I didn't find any that were able to stop from 60 MPH in less than 100'. The previous post indicating boost was only 1.4 bar seems low if they are using a 5.0 liter engine though. I wonder what the MTBF is if that engine is run at a measurable percentage of its capacity.

phantasyconcepts
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Re: American and Swedish engineering combined!
phantasyconcepts   10/10/2013 1:10:40 PM
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sross,

 

If what you say is true, the engine definitely has real-world uses.  First of all, if it provides enough torque, that 1000 horsepower could actually move a small pickup truck or minivan.  That would be useful for those who have limited budgets and still need to haul light but bulky loads, like smaller contractors who might be hired to build decks or homeowners who are looking to finish a room in the basement or go camping at a medieval event at Cooper's Lake Campground in Slippery Rock, PA some time in July or August. Hmm... when is such a truck going to be on sale?

sross
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American and Swedish engineering combined!
sross   10/10/2013 12:44:13 PM
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Although the article notes the Koenigsegg engineers designed the engine, this is somewhat misleading. The good ole' engineers at Ford Racing actually produce the engine for Koenigsegg. The powerful 5.0 engine is a slight derivation of what Ford brands the "Aluminator 5.0 Mustang crate engine" factory modified with a dry sump oil system for a lower CG, titanium rods for reduced rotating mass, and I believe it was mentioned that the compression ratio was lowered a half point to 9.0:1 to deter pre-ignition induced by the  1.4bar positive intake manifold pressure, voila, 1000hp of American engine V8 power! I have always found it wonderful that Koenigsegg has built such a strong relationship with Ford powertrain over the years, and we continue to see benefits in production vehicles and processes on both sides of the ocean. Cheers!

rickgtoc
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Re: Hypercar
rickgtoc   10/10/2013 12:20:32 PM
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It's always fun to push the performance envelope.  And the thing is, stuff you learn in pushing that envelope often has application for the boring every day world most of us live in.  We won't need 260 mph, nor the incredible acceleration, but there's useful technology in there.  It may take a while for it to trickle down to your local auto dealer (or jet sale representative), but there is probably new stuff in this machine that has some practical application.

rickgtoc
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Re: Wow!!!
rickgtoc   10/10/2013 12:12:57 PM
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So you think test driving this thing is actually a paid position, or is "thrill package" sufficient compensation?

j-allen
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Re: Hypercar
j-allen   10/10/2013 11:43:17 AM
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Phantasyconcepts, You are correct.  A cop standing  beside the road would not be able, with the naked eye, to identify the car at 260 mph.  He could still radio ahead, "There is an unidentified maniac speeding in your direction.  Set a roadblock."   If these cars become a real problem, there are lots of techological ways to catch the nuts driving them at such speeds.  Or perhaps we should just let nature take its course and give the driver his posthumous Darwin Award. 

phantasyconcepts
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Re: Hypercar
phantasyconcepts   10/10/2013 10:09:21 AM
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j-allen,  

There was one flaw in your logic.  If you are going 260 MPH, the cop would only see a motion blur.  He could not possibly identify the make, model, or probably even the color of the blur.  The only way they could accurately track you is from the air, and even that would be difficult.  Now, the thing about 260 MPH is that you need a long, straight stretch of road to do it, and that means you must live in the Southwestern US in order to drive the car full-out.  Those of us in the real part of the country could never open the car up.  Oh, we might get to 62, or 85 if we aren't paying attention, but the curves in the roads will shut down our speed sessions.

Battar
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Quality control
Battar   10/10/2013 9:55:07 AM
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"We have 15 - 10 engineers..."

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.

j-allen
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Hypercar
j-allen   10/10/2013 9:54:59 AM
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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. 

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