Koenigsegg showcased the new Jesko Absolut during its live stream at what was supposed to be the 2020 Geneva Auto Show. When Christian von Koenigsegg it didn’t take long for him to announce that the car was designed to be the fastest Koenigsegg ever built and the fastest that will ever be built. That was followed by the announcement that a top speed test was in the works as soon as the brand could find the proper venue – a place with a long enough piece of smooth pavement for the car to actually get up to speed.
Just days after the Jesko Absolut made its unexpected debut, Road & Track had an interview with Christian von Koenigsegg, and he disclosed just what the Absolut might be capable of. Long story short, simulations have shown that the car could hit 330 mph with the right driver, the right conditions, and the right location. This is possible thanks to the Absolut’s impressively low drag coefficient of 0.278 and the twin-turbo, 5.0-liter V-8 that produces 1,600 horsepower and 1,106 pound-feet of torque. Other things factored in including the frontal area of the car and the gear ratio of the Jesko’s overly smooth nine-speed automatic transmission.
“It’s of course a theoretical number, but that’s what simulation tells us. We don’t really have ambition to drive that fast. The end result will be location, driver willingness, and car’s capability. But theoretically, it looks extremely fast.”
Whether or not the Jesko can actually hit 330 mph will depend on more than the basics described above, though, and the hardest part will be finding the proper place. The three-mile runway at Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds isn’t even long enough and the track that would be ideal – Ehra-Lessien Proving Grounds – is owned by VAG, the parent company of Bugatti.
“The problem is when you start reaching your top speed, and you want to get your last 5-10 mph, they come very, very slowly while the car is flying forward and just consuming miles so quickly.”
The craziest part about all of this is that CvK isn’t worried about tires – something that has worried every automaker that has ever tried to even come close to the 300-mph barrier. Apparently, the test spin of the tires used on the Agera RS held up at 330 mph for an entire minute without a single issue. It was so amazing, even Michelin was confused:
“Michelin, when they were there during our testing, they didn’t believe their eyes. How kind our cars are to their tires.”
So, while we do have to wait for the Jesko Absolut to make that high-speed run, there’s a damn good chance that it could set a new record, not only for Koenigsegg, but for the world. If it really reaches 330 mph or more, it could set a record that will remain in the No. 1 spot for a very long time.