List of the Many Technologies Koenigsegg has Developed

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When looking at the majority of the automotive industry, 30, 40 or even 50 years is a short age for an automaker, with many emerging way back in the late 1800’s. Hence, it won’t be wrong to say that Koenigsegg is a young automaker. Founded in 1994, despite its short life, the company has redefined the automobile industry on multiple occasions, developing some of the world’s fastest hypercars along with revolutionary and groundbreaking technologies that not only take the automotive landscape ahead as a whole but provide a new perspective on how stuff can be used. Following is a list of the many technologies Koenigsegg has developed:

7. Camless Engine Technology (Freevalve):

image of a freevalve engine

In internal combustion engines, valves are mechanical devices that regulate the flow of gases during intake and exhaust processes. Traditionally, the opening and closing of valves are controlled by camshafts. Koenigsegg introduced its camless engine technology, known as Freevalve, in 2016. This system, first implemented in the Jesko in 2019, replaces the conventional camshaft with pneumatic actuators (compressed air used for opening/closing valve) for individual valve control. By doing so, Freevalve enables precise manipulation of a valve’s timing and lift. This level of control translates to improved engine performance, management, and efficiency.

6. Direct Drive System:

a blue regera

During the development of the Regera, Koenigsegg developed a new type of system called the Direct Drive, which eliminates the use of a transmission. Traditionally, the engine is connected to the transmission, which then drives the wheels. However, in DDS, the engine is directly connected to the wheels by means of a hydraulic coupling system, removing the need of a transmission altogether. This single-speed system allows increased weight saving, efficiency and seamless power delivery.

5. Triplex Suspension:

koenigsegg's triplex suspension system

Next in the list of the many technologies Koenigsegg has developed include the Triplex system, which keeps the car planted on the ground during hard acceleration. While testing the Agera, the engineers observed the car squatting (lifting of the front-end), with the front wheels not getting as much as grip. To solve this issue a Z-shaped anti-rollbar was added to the rear axle, which did solve the issue by stiffening the suspension but provided discomfort in the cabin at lower speeds. This issue was rectified as well, by using a 3rd, Triplex damper. The same suspension, although revised, has been used in the Regera, Jesko and Jesko Absolut models.

4. Advanced Aerodynamics & Trellis CFC:

image of 3 carbon fiber koenigseggs

When in the context of any hypercar, aerodynamics is a crucial part. Just like most cars of this category, Koenigsegg uses active aerodynamics such as active flaps, vortex generators, vents, etc. to slice through wind efficiently at high speeds, provide downforce and prevent lift. It is the clever use of active aero that has given the Jesko a very impressive drag coefficient of 0.278 Cd. The company has also used Carbon-fiber wherever possible, in fact it was this weight saving measure that has always helped Koenigsegg break speed records due to the impressive power-to-weight ratio, there is no better example than the Agera One:1. Newer models have the Trellis Carbon Fiber chassis, which is basically a CF chassis connected to a series of bars & tubes, resulting in a lightweight yet rigid structure.

3. Light Speed Transmission (LST):

image of light speed transmission

The LST has been implemented in the Jesko. While the actual working behind how this system works is quite complex, in order to keep it understandable and short, we’ll take the help of an example. Light speed transmission is a multi-clutch transmission, that works differently than a dual-clutch transmission. Dual Clutch Transmission or DCT allows for quick gear changes for single-speed intervals but has slower responses for multi-speed intervals. Say the driver wants to shift from 5th to 4th gear, the shift response would be quick, but when shifting from 5th to 2nd, the response would be comparatively slower. Due to LST’s different mechanism, this issue is rectified and allows milliseconds of response time for gear changes for multi and single-speed intervals. This helps the car to change to the required gear quickly for maximum acceleration. Visit Koenigsegg’s site if you wish to read more on the topic.

2. Hybrid Systems & TFG:

image of Koenigsegg's inline 3 engine

Due to more strict regulations being imposed, sadly, high displacement engines are becoming a far cry. But turbo technologies and electric motor combinations are still there to fill that gap, at least to some extent. The Gemera is available with either a TT V8 or an Inline-3. Now, you might be thinking, what’s a measly 2-Litre I3 doing in a million-dollar Koenigsegg. Well, this isn’t a normal inline-3. It is called the Tiny-Friendly Giant and is a camless Turbocharged I3 that is capable of producing 600 hp despite being only 70 kg in dry weight. If you thought the GR Yaris was cool, then this is on whole another level. While it is pretty much the dusk of ICE’s, it would be breathtaking to see what unique stuff manufacturers can cook up.

1. Aircore Hollow CF Wheels:

rear of a carbon fiber regera

When you think innovation stops, it doesn’t, because Koenigsegg has also developed rims that paves way to its goals. Introduced in 2012, its carbon fiber wheels allow additional weight savings. Lower weight results in lower rotational inertia that helps in agility and handling, as well as improves breaking capabilities. Being aircore, the rims also assist in aero.


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