There’s been considerable debate recently, with the arrival of the McLaren P1, Porsche 918, and the LaFerrari, over their designation as ‘hypercars’ rather than mere supercars. But Swedish supercar manufacturer, Koenigsegg, has gone a step further, saying we need a whole new word to categorise its new Agera One:1 model – ‘megacar’.
Named the One:1 because of its power-to-weight ratio, the new model boasts one metric horsepower for every one kilogram of weight. That’s 1340hp (999kW in our language) and 1340kg, making the One:1 the world’s first car to match power and weight.
Compared to the ‘standard’ Agera R, weight has been reduced and power is up. The carbon-fibre chassis is 20 per cent lighter than in the R, and the One:1 uses 3D printed components including a new lightweight titanium exhaust system and variable turbo housing. Power from the twin turbo 5.0-litre V8 has been boosted from 850kW to an eye-widening 999kW for the new model.
The Koenigsegg also features a GPS-controlled predictive active chassis which works with variable ride height, adaptive dampers and spring rates to provide optimum stability and performance for the conditions. In the bends the One:1 can generate staggering 2G on road tyres, helped by active aerodynamics. 610kg of downforce is generated at 260km/h through a bevy of splitters, skirts and dive planes, plus that unique rear wing setup.
The car also features 3G connectivity, allowing customers to record lap times and telemetry through an iPhone app. Vehicle software upgrades can also be installed wirelessly through the app.
Performance figures are yet to be released, but Koenigsegg is saying, "top speed has not been a priority, as the One:1 is a track focused car - however, the One:1 is anticipated to be, the world's fastest homologated production car, with a simulated top speed of >440km/h [275mph], due to high power and high rpm capability in combination with strong tires and active aero." Provided the company can gain access to a long enough straight, the One:1 is going to do some damage.