Observe the Creation of This Artwork
Have you ever pondered the method by which Koenigsegg puts together the lightweight internal pieces of their hypercars? Then you’re in luck! Let Christian von Koenigsegg himself take you on a guided tour of the new Jesko Propulsion Center in a fresh video, in which he outlines the features of the vehicle’s Light Speed Transfer (LST) and 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8 and elucidates why they are so distinct.
The Gemera 2+2 supercar has been creating plenty of buzz recently, thanks to its extraordinary drive train. Nonetheless, the Jesko is still an awe-inspiring hypercar that made its debut a half-decade ago. This is most noteworthy at its production site, where all components are made by hand impeccably quickly.
Stepping into the workshop, Koenigsegg conveys that all is kept to an exacting environmental gravitation and spotlessness, something you’d more normally find in a quality watchmaking plant than an automaking one. The organized workflow and set-up make the task of six knowledgeable employees who produce three handcrafted gearboxes plus engines per week an incredibly efficient operation.
The LST is the primary object of attention here and it’s wonderful to observe the extraordinary scope of parts that constitue something so small and light (weighing approximately 200 lbs). The nine-speed transmission is equipped with seven wet multiple-disk clutches, which swiftly link up due to simultaneous closure of more than one disc. Furthermore, while the transmission only has six gears, they are patterned in a triangular formation and a trio of shafts, allowing the company to devise nine velocities from just six cogs.
“It’s truly remarkable,” proclaims Koenigsegg. “You can sense the watch-like accuracy, the jewelry-like craftsmanship, and the extreme precision. And we’re talking about high-speed rotations of shafts under immense pressure, and it needs to endure all that over a long period of time. Truly, it’s a one-of-a-kind achievement.”
Starting with the Jesko’s phenomenal V8 motor, we receive an in-depth view of its inside workings. Every detail is completely custom-designed right down to the tiniest nut, along with utilizing ultra-lightweight elements for a comparatively negligible 416 lb engine mass.
This facilitates the incorporation of a touch of creative flair to the engine, such as the inclusion of the Koenigsegg shield logo atop the pistons.
“Upon opening an engine after years of operation, it’s amazing to see that the shield is still so intact,” he remarks. “It’s a testament to the craftsmanship of the manufacturer, as there is no wear or tear to these parts – just a work of art.”
The intricate aspects of this motor do nothing to detract from its awe-inspiring strength, which has been enabled through intense cylinder force and ultralight compounds. As it reaches an 8,500 rev limit, it’ll output 1600 hp and 1,100 lb-ft of torque – all enveloped with the fantastic sound as it arrives at the company’s testing station using E85 and E10-95 (equivalent to a 91 octane fuel quality in the US.)
“The sound that has come about from this particular car and engine setup is very distinct and we are delighted with it. It’s not a sound that was deliberately tuned; it’s just the result of the components working together. The Inconel titanium exhaust system, the camshaft, the combustion chambers, the turbo positions – everything is playing its part in producing this unique sound.”
“On either fuel, the setup sounds wonderful, and we can see what Christian means by it sounding nearly naturally aspirated,” said one enthusiast. “The company’s tireless effort in producing every facet of the system has been a huge success, and Christian even points out that they haven’t even tapped into the engine’s full potential yet. ‘Maybe one day we can hit like one megawatt,’ he said. ‘We’re already close to 1 megawatt on 95 octane from a 5.0-liter engine, which is completely unheard of.'”
Over time, sections of this workshop will be altered from Jesko to Gemera manufacturing, most likely in the next 12 months. That powertrain and shift examination will be significantly more thrilling than this one, and we would likewise relish a comprehensive exploration into some of the automobile’s more peculiar qualities.