Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Meet the World's First Megacar: Koenigsegg Agera One:1

I don't understand how I allow myself to get so worked up about a car that I will never see in person, let alone ever drive. But there's just something about the way the lines flow like water over and across magnificent wheel arches and valleys, working together in an orchestrated aerodynamic ballet that I just can't seem to stop lusting after. The Koenigsegg One:1 is THE car. Not only is it the first production automobile whose power output can be measured as a megawatt (1,341HP), but the twin-turbo 5.0l V8 also produces over 1,000 ft lbs of torque and 1,300 lbs of down-force above 160mph. At this point, the numbers involved are reaching astronomical digits that are difficult for the layman to fathom. Jeebus, it's difficult for even the likes of me to understand, as the incredible cars that I encounter on a daily basis rarely have over 400 horses. No, the One:1 is something on an entire different playing field.

At this point, the fledgling mega-car company has failed to release any 0-60 times or top speed numbers, although they are hardly relevant on this particular style of car. It is strictly meant to be a track machine whose sole purpose in life is to get around said track as fast as freakin possible. Most recorded qualifying lap times are called "flying laps", because the driver starts with a warm up lap, then continues through the start/finish line at speed, thereby decreasing the overall time as much as possible. At no point in a flying lap does the car start from zero miles per hour. The same logic is applied to the lack of top speed numbers, although they surmise its top speed to be over 270 miles an hour. How long will it take for someone to release a car that tops the 300 mph mark? Ten years? 5 years? Could it possibly be within the next year? Who knows? Certainly not I, although the day that happens will be marked in history just as the Wright brothers first flight was recorded all those years ago. I look forward to that day earnestly, but until then, we will have to do with what we have, and that's the One:1. Click here for a full gallery at Autoblog.com.

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