The Koenigsegg CC850 Is A Limited Edition Hi-Tech Celebration Of Analog Supercar History


The newest member of the Swedish supercar kingdom identified as Koenigsegg was unveiled right now. It employs new cutting edge technologies produced in-residence, but nevertheless appears back towards the previous. 

Celebrating twenty many years of the company’s founding, and paying out homage to its very first manufacturing model, the CC8S, this is the Koenigsegg CC850: a driver-centered, 1385-horsepower piece of intense engineering that is operated by means of a guide transmission… kind of. There is a clutch pedal with hydraulic force suggestions and a gated 6-pace shifter, but that is all just a simulated analog interface for the cutting edge digital technique carrying out the perform behind the scenes.

As we’ve all come to anticipate from Christian von Koenigsegg’s eponymous auto organization, its most recent perform is pushing the boundaries of technologies. That is a offered. What helps make the CC850 exclusive amongst the other mad-scientist residence-grown inventions is the reality that this new technologies is in services of exciting far more so than outright measurable overall performance.

A personal computer can shift gears much better than any human, but driver involvement issues. Koenigsegg is not the only organization that understands this concept—listen to the “exhaust” on the all-electrical Dodge Charger Daytona SRT prototype for example—but, it is one particular of the very first to make an appeal to the analog faithful without having compromising the its prospective.

This is not just an outdated guide gearbox adapted to a present day motor. Koenigsegg calls this new technique the Lightspeed Transmission with 7 clutches, a complete of 9 forward gears, and a prospective to modify among them in a matter of milliseconds (two, to be exact), the title tracks. Drivers can opt to shift via 6 speeds by means of the conventional clutch and shifter layout, or they can decide on from a amount of automated modes that allow the auto make a decision how to modify 9 gears.

In the guide setting—or the “Engage Shift System”—drivers can even stall the auto if they are not paying out interest “You can operate it just like a standard clutch, there is no variation,” says von Koenigsegg. But although it may well really feel like totally mechanical linkages, the inputs from the two the pedal and the gated shifter are all converted to digital signals. It is not always a brand-new notion seeing as how paddles and Tiptronic-esque techniques have been about for decades now, but Koenigsegg requires the notion significantly even more. It is generally a neatly executed trick that only exists so the driver can have a bit far more exciting. That is the cynical level of see, however. 

As transportation continues to trend in direction of automation, any work to protect the pleasure of driving must be celebrated, and specially so when its pulled off this properly. Koenigsegg lets you have your hypercar and shift it, as well. If you really don’t to perform with the clutch pedal and choose to bury the one particular on the appropriate as the personal computer bangs via 9 speeds, go for it. It is exciting to shift. It is also exciting to trip rollercoasters. This auto will allow you do the two. You can even modify the gear ratios among Street and Track, presumably with significantly shorter ones for the latter. 

The “car for drivers” philosophy continues past the gear alterations. The CC8-inspired layout is largely uncomplicated by aerodynamic appendages. It is a sleek, nearly volumetric bit of 2000s layout language, and a refreshing break from the ongoing trend of turning every little thing into a track weapon littered with canards and wings. There is a rear wing on the CC850 that can produce 455lbs of downforce, but it normally resides flush with the bodywork, preserving the clean, curved lines of the early Koenigsegg form. 

All that mentioned, this is nevertheless a present day auto. Whereas the unique Koenigsegg CC8S shipped with a then-record-breaking 655hp, the CC850’s flat-plane-crank, 5-liter, flywheel-significantly less, twin-turbo V8 can churn out 1385 ponies and 1020lb-ft of torque when operating on E85, and revs to an 8500-rpm redline. Shaving off the immense pace abilities are some severe brakes sixteen.1” carbon ceramic rotors with 6-piston calipers in the front, with 4-piston 15.5” versions in the rear. The wheels are staggered front to back—20” and 21” respectively—and dress in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires as common products. 

Manufacturing will be restricted to just 50 units, and is scheduled to sometime following summer season.