Koenigsegg has unveiled a new hyper car at the 2019 Geneva International Motor show and it is called the Jesko. It is a track focused road legal super car. All the way from Sweden, the country that has so much to do with jet technology and one of the safest cars the world has seen.
Koenigsegg was launched at a time it didn’t make any bit of sense because it was the end of a recession that hit so hard and many believed that such super cars belonged in the past. That was 1994. Interestingly, Christian Von Koenigsegg saw much more than those folks could and since the launch of the company till now, so much ground has been covered. He was just 22 years old when he launched the car company and there were only 22 men including his wife, Halldora Von Koenigsegg who served majorly as the Administrative Director amidst other responsibilities and there were no robots. They had a disuse airbase in a small Swedish town called Ӓngelholm. He had no engineering background or experience. Nine years of work went down to ashes when there was a fire outbreak in the little factory in February of 2003.
This is another hyper car from the company with anew 5.0L twin turbo V8 engine churning out some 1280hp and 1600 on E85 biofuel (optional) – Koenigsegg was the first super car to feature flex fuel. It also has a 9-speed multi-clutch Light speed transmission which simply implies that you don’t have to shift down or up running through all the gears like in the Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT) in some other supercars. It implies that you could jump from gear 8 down to 4 if that is what is required for maximum power output which in the DCT you would have to pass through all the gears to get to the one you need thereby wasting sometime. Active rear wheel steering is an addition. Koenigsegg may be heading towards another world record as the Jesko has the world’s lightest V8 crankshaft at only 12.5kg
Jesko was the man who took Christian Von Koenigsegg to see a Norwegian Grand Prix animation that inspired the birth of the car company. Mr. Jesko and his wife were the parents of Christian. They taught him several things about how business is done before Jesko decided to help him put things together for a period of three weeks that refused to end until 5 years were past. Jesko was the first chairman of the company and he contributed time, knowledge, energy and his life savings into it. Jesko was there at Koenigsegg’s first ever vehicle film festival in 1997 and so was he at the 2019 unveiling of the car that carries his name at the Geneva Motor show with his wife.
The Jesko on display at the auto show had the white and green colours from the Koenigsegg stables where he spent time on horses and two daughters joined in the love for horses while Christian the son went to love horsepower. Jesko turned 80 in November, 2018 and one way Christian saw to honour his father is by naming his next creation after him – sometime in the making of the company, Christian was advised to get a better sounding name that people will find easier to pronounce but he declined saying, ’they will learn to pronounce it’. It also happened to be the company’s 25th anniversary.
It also has an autoskin which is operated by a push button on your remote control. It also has hydraulic operations for the doors and bonnet. Its signature dihedral synchro-helix door hinge has been moved upward and outward a bit thereby making entry and exit easier while keeping the door from being scratched by low curbs in parking. The interior is made up of a collection of high quality materials; carbon fibre, alcantara, leather, aluminium and glass. The steering wheel carries two small touch screens that respond to touch and swipe. The screens give you on steering access to your audio, phone, ride and cruise controls. The dashboard features a racing inspired smart cluster instrument screen which is mounted just behind the steering wheel which implies that they turn as your steering wheels turn – no part of the steering wheel is allowed to block your view of the instruments cluster.