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Every Legal Street Car Must Pass Crash Test Analysis
In recent news, Koenigsegg crash tests are in the spotlight. Why? Because Koenigsegg, a hypercar manufacturer, builds a limited number of exclusive models at extremely steep prices. Hence, a crash test in itself can be a multi-million-dollar ordeal. So, how does a small manufacturer handle these extensive costs? Well, by using a one frame method for testing rather than building multiple fully functional vehicles. This will be the topic in the next section of the article.
About one week ago, the APEX ONE YouTube channel put up the video seen below discussing this exact issue. In the video, employees and even Christian von Koenigsegg himself speaks of the testing experience. Check it out below!
One Carbon Fiber Monocoque Frame for Testing Purposes
For testing purposes, Koenigsegg builds one carbon fiber monocoque frame. Then, the manufacturer adds on body panels, crumple zones, and subframes. These three components can be easily replaced, while the main frame would require a lot more funding and work. So, the goal for the company is to build a vehicle to withstand multiple Koenigsegg crash tests. Starting with drop-offs, head-on collisions into tires, and massive speed bumps, the car is pushed to its limit.
Just thinking about these tests can cause distress in any auto fan, especially for lowered vehicle drivers. And, furthermore, it’s difficult to imagine an Agera RS taking such a beating. Finally, the car undergoes more testing such as hammering, slamming, and even an airbag dummy test. Phew! Why must this beautiful car suffer!? For safety! That’s why!
Koenigsegg Hypercars are Legendary Automobiles
Overall, the Koenigsegg manufacturer builds legendary automobiles. Every single model is unique, limited, and worth a fortune. Owning a Koenigsegg is a car collector’s dream. And, knowing Koenigsegg crash tests ensure the car’s safety, it can be driven once a year for that weekend get together. As most people suspect, driving a multi-million-dollar car carries quite a steep insurance payment. Recently, Auto Insurance Center stated a Bugatti Veyron can run $50,000 a year for insurance. So, this car isn’t probably far off. Hence, most people probably don’t daily drive these cars. A fender bender could cost 6-digits, especially if the damage is extensive. Hands down, these cars are build for the track and tested to handle those conditions.
Warning: Watch the video below at your own discretion. The destruction of such a vehicle may cause nightmares.
Rimac’s Beastly GT Hypercar
In recent years, hypercars are the hype of the auto industry. Hence, quite a few manufacturers are working to own this sector, including Bugatti, Koenigsegg, and McLaren. But, only one car will stand out on top. Rimac wasn’t going to miss out on this opportunity – and they didn’t! The Rimac C_Two hypercar is a purely electric grand tourer (GT). Designed for both road trips and track, this car is actually quite the tech beast. With a carbon fiber monocoque with a bonded carbon roof, this car’s basis is racing. But, with tech features such as AI-enabled ADAS, this car can handle daily cruising around town.
4 Electric Motors with 1,914 Horsepower
As the saying goes, “under the hood”, the Rimac C_Two hypercar sports 4 electric motors. Each motor is individually powering one of the 4 wheels. So, basically, each wheel has its own motor, leading to four-wheel drive. Furthermore, these motors produce a whopping 1,914 horsepower and 1,696 lb.-ft. of torque. This allows for a 0 to 60 mph time of 1.85 seconds. WOW! Moreover, Rimac believes this car can reach 412 mph. That’s absolutely insane! Who actually wants to drive that fast? Well… maybe… who doesn’t? Either way, this car is absolutely insane!
Backing up the motors are 3 gearboxes. There is one gearbox in the front with two in the rear. While the front gearbox has one gear, the rear gearboxes have two, allowing for maximum torque usage. Now, a quick peek at the electrical setup. The batteries are rated for 120 kWh allowing a 342-mile range. With this much power, that is impressive. But, don’t expect 342 miles while mashing the gas at the track. Either way, this car fits the upcoming EV future within the next decade.
Active Aerodynamics & Technology
The Rimac C_Two hypercar boasts a ton of power, but it also boasts active aero and amazing tech. Starting with the active aerodynamics, this car features the following active aero: air-brake, bonnet, front splitter, and rear flap. Next, the car has Rimac All-Wheel Torque Vectoring (R-AWTV) that eliminates ESP and TCS by replacing it with a hypercar system. The purpose of this is to attempt to control this vehicle’s power in a better way than ESP and TCS traditionally do so. Next, there is the AI-Enabled ADAS. This system uses sensors to detect blind spots, collision risk, and lane assist, while also offering cruise control.
“Near Gaming Experience” & Virtual Driving Coach
On top of the insane power and driving tech, the Rimac C_Two hypercar provides an overall “near gaming experience” as well as acts as a virtual driving coaching. The screens inside the car makes the driving experience feel like a video game. Obviously, don’t drive it that way though! Furthermore, the car has a virtual driving coach. The driving coach helps with driving line and other driving tasks. The purpose of this is to optimize the driver’s experience across the board. While the car sold out quickly, it was worth around $2 million USD. Imagine driving one of these around the track… only if! In conclusion, the C_Two is going to be hard to beat!
Koenigsegg’s Major Geneva Debut
At the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, quite a few phenomenal feats of engineering made their debut. Koenigsegg absolutely did not sit out on the sidelines. During the event, the Jesko was a shining star of the show. The Jesko is the successor to the Agera as the new ultimate performance vehicle. Koenigsegg declares this to be a “megacar”, taking auto engineering to the next level. As a megacar, this vehicle is capable of reaching around 300 mph. Obviously, this is dependent on the car’s abilities to handle these forces.
Traveling over 200 mph puts a ton of strain on the vehicle and its components. So, taking that a step further, will require even stronger parts. Hopefully, Koenigsegg will release a video of the Jesko accomplishing this goal. Furthermore, the Jesko was not the most powerful vehicle at the show. The Ferrari Pininfarina Battista boats a whopping 1,900 horsepower via an electrical motor setup. So, in the end, the Battista will most likely not be capable of reaching similar top speed. But, it does show where the future of automobiles are heading into the 2020s.
5.0-Liter Twin-Turbo V8 Engine
To no surprise, the Koenigsegg Jesko sports a 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. This motor produces 1,280 horsepower on standard fuel. Furthermore, it can reach 1,600 horsepower on E85 biofuel. Wow! Working in combo with a 9-speed Koenigsegg Light Speed Transmission (LST), this car is fast as lightning. The 0 to 60 mph time with this much power should be under 3 seconds. From there, the car should steadily climb up to the 200 mph range. On the final stretch, if the parts allow, it could most likely reach 300 mph. Unfortunately, tires with these capabilities are yet to be seen – but will be available one day. Obviously, with time, engineering only improves – so reaching 300 mph may be a dream today, but a norm tomorrow.
The Upcoming Future of Megacars
During the next 5-10 years, hypercar manufacturers are going to move into the megacar realm. Just as beforehand, the supercar led to the megacar, and the sports car led to the supercar. And, before life knows it, megacars will be an expectation at auto shows worldwide. The Koenigsegg Jesko is one of the biggest leaps in design since the reveal of hypercars. Reaching 300 mph is no joke, nor something that shall be seen lightly. Obviously, trying to do this on the road is a terrible idea. But, under the right conditions, this car can “shine bright like a diamond”. Overall, the Jesko is a powerhouse ready to set auto records for the beginning of the megacar era.
The 1st Chiron Special Edition
At first, it didn’t seem that Bugatti would make a special edition of the Chiron. But, that dream has officially come true! The Bugatti Chiron Sport 110 Ans is a special anniversary edition to celebrate 110 years of Bugatti. With a large emphasis on French heritage, this hypercar breathes blue. For those who don’t know, Bugatti is now under the German Volkswagen Group. With the base Chiron starting at $3.3 million USD, the special edition will probably be $4+ million. Some sites are suggesting a price around $18 million, but there is no true answer at this point. But, with such a limitation on production, this car is most likely sold out and will be worth a ton. Additionally, the limit is to be around 20 units, similar to the 4C’s 15 Spider Italia variants.
An Inside Look at Design
On the exterior, the Bugatti Chiron Sport 110 Ans sport a two-tone blue design. Firstly, on the front end, there is a matte steel blue carbon fiber finish. Secondly, on the rear end, there is a matte steel blue, not including the carbon fiber emphasis. The front end is said to be reminiscent of the 1920s. On top of this, there are tricolor flags on the mirrors and underside of the active wing. Furthermore, the brake calipers and wheel centers are painted in French racing blue. Lastly, on the exterior, there are unique silver badges with the French flag and model name. This is quite an upgrade of the base Chiron layout, but depends on taste as well.
On the interior, most displays a stunning deep blue leather. There are French racing blue accents on the dashboard and seats as well as Alcantara. Bot headrests have “110 Ans Bugatti” badge on the headrests. The steering wheel has an embroidering of the French flag and center of seats. Furthermore, the key is a mix of red, white, and blue leather. Lastly, the biggest detail is the special carbon fiber medallion on the center console. It has a “110 Ans” badge made from solid silver with enamel inserts. And, if interested, the Sky View option is available, with two glass panels in roof bisected by central spine of vehicle. To note, this is the second car to sport the “110” namesake as there was previously the EB 110.
The First, Maybe the Last?
With the Bugatti Chiron Sport 110 Ans revealed, the question arises – is it the last? Well, nobody outside of Bugatti truly knows. Maybe there will be another special edition, and maybe not. Bugatti is known for making amazing hypercars, so it is not out of question. McLaren tends to do this with their vehicles on a regular basis, but Bugatti much less often. The 110 Ans is an awesome car and will be quite collectible. In conclusion, Bugatti does it again with another superb design.
Note: The YouTube video is a base Chiron, simply showcasing the power of this amazing hypercar.
Aperta at RM Sotheby’s Auction
On January 17, 2019, a 2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta will auction in Arizona at a RM Sotheby’s event. This open-top hypercar is one of only 210 total units. Firstly, there is a Nero Daytona paintjob with red accents on the exterior. Secondly, as per the interior, it reigns in high quality Italian materials. This car has maintenance records from Ferrari of Beverly Hills. On top of this, this Aperta has only 1,500 miles. Obviously, this is a major bonus as dealers maintain well-kept records. This is especially important for cars such as the LaFerrari Aperta. Furthermore, at auction, this car is expected to reach 6.5 to 8.5 million USD.
Brief History & Specs Breakdown
The 2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta was first unveiled at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show. The debut was at the 2016 Paris Auto Show. Prior to this, all 210 units were pre-sold to pre-selected owners. Yes, Ferrari had to select you to get one of these cars, not the other way around. Under the hood, the Aperta has a 6.2-liter V12. This engine works in combo with a 120-kW electric motor to produce 950 horsepower. Finally, this allows the Aperta to compete with the crème of the crop of hypercars.
Who’s Willing to Spend $8.5 Million?
So, at the 2019 RM Sotheby’s auction in Arizona, who’s willing to spend $8.5 million USD? Because, that person is likely to drive the 2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta home. And, this person will not have to be pre-selected by Ferrari. So, this will be the first person outside of that loop. The Aperta is an absolutely stunning car that draws attention. Furthermore, it wouldn’t be surprising to pass $8.5 million USD. Overall, the LaFerrari Aperta is a collector’s dream with limited owners.
Quite the Surprise at the Drag Strip
When an Audi B5 S4 and a Bugatti Chiron pulled up at the drag racing strip, many people may have suspected a Chiron victory. But, to everyone’s surprise, the Audi B5 S4 ends up outperforming the Bugatti. Beginning with a rolling start, both cars stroll forward. From there, the gas pedals mash. Both cars accelerate aggressively down the track. Somehow, that B5 S4 is keeping up, and passing! To no surprise, the B5 S4 contains enough mods to add over 1,000 horsepower to the base power level. Defeating the 8th fastest production vehicle is no easy task, so props to the S4 owner! This occurred at the SCC500 Rolling 50 1000 event in Germany.
Audi B5 S4 Specifications
Unfortunately, the Audi B5 S4’s performance mods are not readily available to discuss. But, there is an estimation that this car pushes 1,300 horsepower! Phew! That’s fast! Obviously, the car sports BBS wheels, a lowering kit, and a ton of modifications under the hood. This B5 S4 goes by the name “ARLOWS”. Since all modifications aren’t known, let’s review the basics of the base model.
The Audi B5 S4 was an amazing car in the past, and still is today. Starting with a 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, this car produces 261 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. Being such a small, lightweight car has its perks. The newer models are blatantly larger, to the point the modern A4 is the size of the A6 of this generation, if not bigger. From 0 to 60 mph, the stock B5 S4 takes only 5.6 seconds. With a top speed of 155.3 mph, this car is a beast from the past. This car has always been a mod dream car due to the build being accessible for massive growth in ability.
Bugatti Chiron Specifications
The Bugatti Chiron is the 8th fastest production vehicle in the world. So, being beat by an Audi B5 S4 may have been shocking for the owner. But, in reality, many cars can reach this level of power with modifications. Regardless, cars like the Chiron are hypercars meant to be respected at an entirely higher level. The black with red secondary color Chiron in the video has a 8.0-liter quad-turbo W16 engine.
This motor runs in conjunction with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Producing a whopping 1,479 horsepower, this car is a beast. But, the S5 is a much lighter car, especially with mods and reductions. From 0 to 60 mph, the Chiron takes only 2.5 seconds. No wonder this car is a dream for many!
And… the B5 S4 Wins!
1300HP Audi S4 B5 vs Bugatti Chiron – cvdzijden – Supercar Videos – YouTube
The “ARLOWS” Audi B5 S4 is such a beast that defeating the Chiron wasn’t too difficult of a task. The race may have been close, but as Dom says:
“Ask any racer. Any real racer. It don’t matter if you win by an inch or a mile. Winning’s winning.” – Dom Toretto in The Fast and the Furious (Vin Diesel)
Those who have seen this movie will absolutely understand where this statement comes from. If not, get out there and see the damn movie! Regardless, The Fast and the Furious is a great racing film from the past. But, back to the race. In conclusion, the Audi B5 S4 is an amazing tuner car which is capable of defeating the crème of the crop.