The Koenigsegg Agera is Beautifully Engineered
The Koenigsegg Agera is a mid-engined sports car made by Swedish car manufacturer Koenigsegg as of 2011. It is a successor to the Koenigsegg CCX/CCXR. The name Agera comes from the Swedish verb ‘agera’ which means “to act” or “to take action”.
It was named Hypercar of the Year in 2010 by Top Gear Magazine.
Engine and Transmission
The Agera is powered by an in-house developed 5.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine which produces 940 hp (701 kW) at 6900 rpm and 1,100 N·m (810 lb·ft) of torque at 4000 rpm. Total weight of the engine is only 197 kg (434 lb) thanks to a carbon fiber intake manifold and the aluminum construction. The transmission is a 7-speed dual clutch with paddle shifters. It is the first dual clutch transmission to feature only one input shaft. The second clutch slows down the input shaft during up shifts in order to reduce the time it takes to synchronize the next gear, resulting in faster shift times. Most notably, the transmission weighs only 81 kg (179 lb).
Maximum speed for the production model is unknown, but is believed to be above 410 km/h.
Exterior and interior
The Agera has a body made from pre-impregnated carbon fiber/kevlar with lightweight reinforcements. The car’s hardtop roof is stowable under the front hood lid. The chassis is also made out of carbon fiber with an aluminum honeycomb that comes with integrated fuel tanks for optimal weight distribution and safety. The rear wing is electronically adjustable with auto setting or manual control in order to have as little compromise as possible between low drag and down force, depending on situation and mood. The Agera comes with forged aluminum wheels with center locking, measuring 19” on the front and 20” on the back and wrapped in a set of Michelin Super Sport tires that can be used with speeds of up to 260 mph (420 km/h). Other highlights include the trademark Koenigsegg doors, a new traction control system, LED lighting, blue hood stripes that continue on through the cockpit of the car and a custom interior with a new “Ghost light” lighting system, which uses carbon nanotubes in a unique configuration to shine through the car’s aluminum buttons.
Koenigsegg Agera R
The Agera R is in essence a special edition Agera which runs on biofuel rather than petrol. It can accelerate from 0–100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.9 seconds and reach a theoretical top speed of 402km/h (249 mph). The Agera R is one of the world’s most expensive cars, with a price tag of $1.6-$1.7 million.
The wing on the Agera R differs from the other supercars in that it is not electronically controlled, but instead uses the pressure of the wind created at high speeds to force the wing downward and reduce wind resistance. The system is not only lighter than conventional hydraulics, but also smarter since it is able to compensate for headwind or tailwinds instantly. The design is thought out so well that even the pylons holding the wing up are useful. They are shaped in a way that helps to extract air from the engine bay towards the rear of the car.
On 2 September during test sessions in Ängelholm the Agera R broke six world land speed records for a production car, including 0–300 km/h (0–186.4 mph) in 14.53 seconds, surpassing the previous record of 14.6 seconds set by the Bugatti Veyron. The record is now held by the Hennessey Venom GT, which did 0-186 mph in 13.63 seconds on April 6, 2013. The Agera R can produce lateral cornering forces of 1.6 g, thanks to grip from the Michelin Super Sports and a special setup focused on cornering speed.
The 2013 version of Agera R premiered at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. It has upgraded carbon fiber wheels, enhanced aerodynamics and upgraded engine producing 1140 hp when running on E85 biofuel, 960 hp running on low octane gas.
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