Could the Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut become the world’s fastest car?

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The Koenigsegg Jesko was revealed at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show – and 12 months on, the Swedish hypercar brand released the first pictures and details of an even more extreme version of the car, called Jesko Absolut. Now the production ready version of the standard Jesko is out in the open and the Absolut can’t be too far behind.

Koenigsegg’s Jesko Absolut will be a low-drag version of the Jesko. It does without the standard car’s fancy rear wing and gets much smoother body work, covered rear wheels and an 85mm longer tail, to trim its drag coefficient from 0.28 to 0.278Cd. Koenigsegg says it took more than 3,000 hours of wind-tunnel work to achieve that improvement.

The cosmetic changes slash the amount of downforce the Jesko can generate to just 150kg, which should make it easier for the car to reach its top speed. To further help it along, the company’s engineers also gave the Absolut’s engine a minor hike in power, to 1193kw – when running on E85 biofuel.

Koenigsegg hasn’t yet announced what the Absolut’s top speed figure will be. However, in a recent statement, the company said it will achieve “higher, more extraordinary speeds than any Koenigsegg or any other fully homologated car before it,” suggesting the Swedish firm will chase after the 300mph record set by the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+.

As there’s less downforce on the car, Koenigsegg has also been able to soften the Absolut’s suspension. The firm says this makes it “fun and forgiving around a race track” while being usable on streets. More compact front suspension and a revised bonnet also mean buyers can stow the Absolut’s roof in the nose of the car, which isn’t possible on the regular Jesko.

Company founder Christian von Koenigsegg says, “The Jesko Absolut is a land-based rocket-ship determined to reach unheard-of-speed in record-setting pace.”

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