Koenigsegg One:1 Delivers A Megawatt Of Power

Sweden is a country of subtleties. It’s not in the Swedes nature to stand out from the crowd and those who do are often frowned upon.

Sometimes, the Swedes are too subtle, however, and I fear that might be the case with Koenigsegg’s new One:1. First there was the supercar. Then there was the hypercar. Christian von Koenigsegg has crafted a new term for the One:1 that will debut in Geneva next week – the megacar.

Koenigsegg One:1 PowerIt might sound like some fruity marketing exercise but there’s some genuine engineering behind the claim. That’s because the new Koenigsegg One:1 delivers 1,000kW of power. The other way to say that is 1 megawatt of power.

Unfortunately, most of the mainstream motoring press still works in horsepower (1,340hp) so the prominence of the megawatt achievement is somewhat overlooked.


That’s not to say that the car has been overlooked. Not by a long shot.

Jalopnik got special access to the One:1 and it’s proven to be a masterstroke by Koenigsegg. The Jalops have a massive readership now and if you get a genuinely good story covered there, it’s going to spread. And spread it has. In fact, I’ve never seen so many Koenigsegg articles come out at once – and Geneva’s still days away.

Most outlets are covering the basics but head over to Jalopnik for the inside story of just how amazing an achievement this car is.

Some snippets:

This first quote is typical of Koenigsegg’s dedication to innovation and producing the absolute best product they can. They’re intoxicated with the notion of always producing the best.

While it looks exactly like the monocoque that is in the Agera, the One:1 uses an entirely new weave of carbon fiber that could be up to 40 percent lighter than the weave used in the Agera.

Think about the fundamental purpose of this car and then think about this next sentence….

The One:1 maintains a lift system to help get over speed bumps

Even when the car is made to be bonkers insane, it still has that Swedish sense of practicality 🙂

More coolness:

Out back is the world’s first top mounted movable wing on a road car. The inspiration is taken from Le Mans racers and the goal is to increase the efficiency of the underside of the wing.

More dedication….. those wheels are something else, I can tell you.

Everything is carbon fiber. I mean everything. The seats, the wheels, the body, the monocoque safety cell, even the sun visors are carbon fiber,

They missed something amazing in the following sentence. Something that sets Koenigsegg apart from everyone else:

There is a paddle shift seven speed transmission that is ludicrously fast.

….and that’s great. What’s astounding about it is that the transmission (and the engine, for that matter) is 100% bespoke, designed by and unique to Koenigsegg. And when you consider that the company’s made just over 100 cars in total, that’s rather amazing.

The following quote doesn’t surprise me:

Before I went to see Koenigsegg myself, I was a skeptic. I thought of them as a kit car company that wouldn’t really be able to build something that competes with the big guys. I was more wrong than I’ve ever been.

I first visited the Koenigsegg factory in 2010. I never ever thought they were a kit-car company but I do remember being absolutely blown away by their dedication and attention to detail (enlarge the photo of the piston, below, to see what I mean). It was beyond my wildest expectations. If they’re overlooked, it’s probably because of the self-made nature of the company, the lack of storied history or connection with motoring royalty.

The thing is, Koengisegg is writing that storied history right now, even as we speak. Pay attention.



Celebrating 20 Years By introducing – The Agera One:1 – Worlds first Megacar

  • Worlds first 1:1 (One:1) power to curb weight ratio homologated production car (kg/hp)
  • World’s first Megacar – 1 Megawatt of power homologated production car
  • 2G cornering capability on road legal production cup tires
  • 610 kg down force at 260 km/h (160 mph) utilizing advanced active under and over body aerodynamics
  • Chassis with active ride height and shock absorbing including variable stiffness spring ratios
  • Fully active aero with independent left and right front flaps under front splitter and hydraulically actuated top mounted dual plane rear wing
  • 3G and GPS controlled Predictive Active Chassis and Aero Track Mode
  • 20% lighter carbon chassis and body due to implementation of M46J & M55J high modulus fibers
  • 3D-VGT – Koenigsegg patented 3D printed variable turbo housing – gives improved response and bottom end torque
  • 3G connection for telemetry, performance, lap times and software upgrades, including owners iPhone app
  • New Koenigsegg developed Carbon fiber ventilated memory foam racing seats
  • 3D printed titanium exhaust end piece saves 400 grams compared to Aluminium counterpart
  • Active noise canceling seat option
  • Top Speed – has not been a priority, as the One:1 is a track focused car – however, the One:1 is anticipated to be, the world’s fastest homologated production car, with a simulated top speed of > 440 km/h, due to high power and high rpm capability in combination with strong tires and active aero
  • Many more exiting and new features will be present at the show
  • Program fully pre-sold prior to introduction


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  1. Want. One:1. When I finally get a mega-win on the Lottery, I will be be buying another Swedish car…

    Reading this, I can’t help but think “if only…”

    Bloody GM has a lot to answer for, dragging their feet over the sale until CVK realised he had no choice but to withdraw. Looking back it’s obvious that he knew it was too late for Saab, despite VM’s energy and charisma.

    1. I have commented many times prior about the prescience of Von Koenigsegg’s withdrawal from Saab. I give him loads of credit for that difficult decision and the fact that he pointed to a reason that seemed to many of us (myself included) to be of lesser consequence. In the end his reasoning was shown to be very, very sound..

      1. Even more so, the fact that he withdraw was to a large extent what made a sale of Saab finally possible. All other sales of GM brands fell through as nobody put the foot down on GMs conditions. So, without CvK, the Saab factory wouldmost likely been torn down today. As long as the factory is intact, there is still a real chance of a happy ending for Saab in one shape or another.

    2. “if only”, what if….I so wanted to see SAAB under Christian von Koenigsegg’s direction.

      I would love to one day hear/read what his plans were for SAAB.

  2. I guess using megawatts vs. horsepower is a moot point if you’ve sold them all! Well done, Koenigsegg!

    That comment about viewing Koenigsegg as a ‘kit car’ company is absurd. Even if you thought that, why write it? I know that it was meant to be complimentary overall, but it seems to me that discretion would have won out especially given that his editor should know better.

  3. This is a proof that most of the billions of Euros/Dollars that are spend on “developing” average cars are in reality not spend on technology, but on how to make it still a bit cheaper. Somehow, that is sad.