If you’re a car buff, you’ve probably already heard of the Koenigsegg One:1. If you haven’t, this is a car that is bound to impress people, even when they don’t consider themselves to be the least bit interested in cars to begin with. It isn’t just its appearance that’s sure to get your attention. Its performance is nothing short of astounding, not to mention the shear genius that it took to design such a machine. If you really want to know more about how this wonderful example of engineering technology and art became a reality, you can read 10 more things about it below.
1. It premiered in 2014
These types of cars don’t come around very often. This particular example first came into the public eye about four years ago and the automotive industry, especially that part of it that’s geared to high performance, hasn’t really been the same since. You might say that this is a car that set the bar just a little bit higher, essentially forcing the competition to try and keep up ever since.
2. It was debuted at the auto show in Geneva
The very first example of this automobile showed up at the auto show in Geneva in 2014. Remember, this is before it ever hit the track. Even when it was just sitting there, it was attracting so much attention that the individuals at Koenigsegg knew they had a hit on their hands. Provided that the car could perform half as well as it looked, there would be no doubt that it would be a history maker.
3. There are only seven of them in the world
These types of cars aren’t usually mass-produced and this is no exception. To date, there are only seven of these cars in existence, including the one that showed up in Geneva just four years ago. Out of the seven, this and two more ended up at auto shows, serving as examples of what the car was capable of doing. The other four were sent straight to the track and they made their own history there.
4. It has a big engine
Obviously, the power plant has to be adequate enough to allow a car like this to shine and this one is definitely capable of getting the job done. It has a 5.0 liter twin turbo V8 that’s married to a 7-speed transmission. That fact, coupled with the light weight of the car and the fact that it’s designed specifically to provide its own downforce around corners, virtually guarantees that it is capable of out-driving nearly anything it comes up against.
5. It also generates more than enough power
As you might have guessed, an engine like that can produce enough horsepower to get anything to the front of the line, especially a car like this. When it’s all said and done, this automobile is capable of generating more than 1,000 foot-pounds of torque when the engine is turning at 6,000 RPM.
6. It’s unique name has a meaning
It’s called the Koenigsegg One:1 because it has a one-to-one power-to-weight ratio. That’s completely unheard of in the automotive industry or in virtually anything else that involves machinery of any type. For every pound the car weighs, it’s capable of producing horsepower to handle the weight. It’s almost unheard of that any automobile would have this much power, but this one certainly does and it’s managed to handle it quite well.
7. You might think of it as a purebred automobile
There’s no doubt that everything about this car is top-quality. It took engineers years to develop it, drawing out every single detail and then going back and doing it again. It was never designed to do anything except win races. No one at Koenigsegg set out to make this a street-legal automobile. Instead, their intention was to create a car that could win races and win races it did.
8. It sparked something of a movement
Thanks to its enormous success on the track, several other cars of a similar nature have been produced, both by Koenigsegg and their competitors. It all started with this car. Up until it was built and people saw it perform, many people thought that a performance automobile with a one-to-one weight ratio was virtually impossible to construct. Furthermore, they thought that even if it could be built, it could never be controlled effectively enough to win. When they were proven wrong, it forced everyone to go back to the drawing board.
9. It definitely left its mark
This is a car that completely redesigned the performance automobile industry. Many other companies are still trying to play catch-up to the car that was designed four years ago.
10. It’s highly sought-after
Considering its performance history and the fact that only seven were built, this is a car that is extremely popular among collectors.