Snippets – Koenigsegg, Car Photos, BMW Foolery, Sniff 911

I haven’t written anything about any new-ish cars in a while, but a few stories this week caught my eye so I thought I’d share them here.

Koenigsegg #1

The first Koenigsegg One:1 production car was registered in Germany this week. From Koenigsegg’s Facebook page:

The process highlighted an interesting technicality – the German registration system could only input power values up to three digits in kW. The One:1 pushed Germany to reconfigure their system to handle the first Megacar!

The One:1 famously has 1000kW power output, which is what the German system couldn’t handle. I wonder how this database fared with the Y2K issue all those years ago 🙂

Koenigsegg #2

Am I reading this story correctly?

It sounds like Koenigsegg had to pay import duties on a car when it was brought from the US back to Angelholm for servicing. Is this right?

I mean, it’s wrong. But did I read it right?


Audi has piloted a car around a racetrack with no driver inside. The autonomous Audi RS7 lapped Hockenheim reaching speeds of up to 240km/h.

At some point, some company is going to make an autonomous human to get excited about watching this.

Why is the car industry so intent on killing interest in its own product?

New Cars and Racing Stripes

I’m trying so hard to be Zen about cars, but sometimes……

What do you think about new cars and racing livery?

My theory:

  • Racing livery looks good on old cars.
  • Racing livery looks OK on new cars if they’re actually racing.
  • Racing livery is OK for support vehicles of those new racing cars.

Racing livery on new cars that aren’t actually used for racing just looks like you’re trying a bit too hard.

BMW M4 owners who want to look like they’re trying a bit too hard now have a limited edition factory car to suit their needs. It’s called the M4 DTM Champion Edition and it’s fair to say that it’s not particularly subtle.


There are only 23 of these DTM Champion Edition cars for sale but I have to wonder….

The M4 is quite an attractive looking car in standard form. Surely there aren’t 23 people with such poor taste as to want to deck out a very nice looking M4 in racing stripes when they’re not actually using the car for racing.

Surely such people don’t actually exist, do they?

Racing stripes should be left for old cars or actual racing cars.

Porsche 911 Prices

If you’ve been watching classic car prices then you’ll know that 911 prices have ‘enjoyed’ a steep rise in the last few years.

Sniff Petrol summed this up beautifully.

Car Photography

You know I’m big on car photography, right? Especially if you’re selling your car. There’s nothing worse than an ad for a nice car that has crappy photos.

OK, there are many things worse than that. A lobotomy is worse than that. But only just.

Bottom line: take good photos if you’re selling your car!

If you want some good tips on taking great car photos, you can’t do better than this article at Hemmings. It has lots of great tips on choosing the right background, choosing the right focal length and exposure, preparing the car and lots of other things.

Recommended reading.

NB. I know I break most of these rules at Classics every month, but then I don’t get to choose the setting or the time of day.

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  1. If I’m bored I can almost muster some fascination for this self-driving car hysteria, but then it is only because of the technical solutions and the AI behind it (and those technologies are hardly new). Some of the technologies are useful and will (as driving aids) help make ordinary cars safer. What I can’t understand is the business case in having something that is totally self-driving. What’s the point of a self-driving car? A car doesn’t need to go anywhere without at least 1 person to transport. So why can’t the person then be the driver? I mean, that basic idea seems rather successful so far considering the general history of motoring in the world. OK, not everyone can or should drive but isn’t that what public transport etc. is for? What is the business case for selling self-driving cars to people that can’t drive? Yes, a self-driving car can transport goods. But that is another process and the passenger car is probably not the best solution for that.

    No, I don’t get it…

    1. The “autonomous vehicle” is often discussed in our offices. Being in the warehouse and transportation Industry, we have been following the technology behind trucks traveling in a convoy with the lead truck being the only one in mechanical control, for some years now. The safety and economical benefits are all a big plus. We compare it to rail transportation, with more logistical benefits.

      The interesting part of this autonomous truck technology is, these convoys are now being opened up to cars that are traveling on the same route, where they can simply; log into the system operating the convoy, enter a destination, join the “truck convoy” and then just leave the navigation to the lead driver until you are near your destination or the lead route is off of your destination course.

      Someone even introduced an article yesterday, during one of our meetings, about F1 looking at autonomous technology as a possible means to “save” the sport. Go figure.

      1. Oh great, now we’ll have convoys of 15 trucks running at exactly the speed limit (which nobody else does around here).
        I can see one obvious problem: you can get stranded in the passing lane for many minutes/kilometers passing one of these convoys if a car ahead of you is a nervous overtaker. It’s even possible to miss your exit: you can’t merge back into the road train that’s blocking the exit lane, and you can’t see road signs if they aren’t posted on both sides of the road.

    2. I can see one area where autonomous cars may be important; testing. Like robots are used to test seats, doors, engines and so on. A robotic car may run around a test track for hours and then do it again in exactly the same way but withthe car in a different configuration.
      I have seen a video of such a thing, but I can’t remember if it was Volvo, Saab or someone else. But it was not Audi.

  2. The 9-5 from a few years back was a decent effort. Not sure it would even do 230, but the ‘proof of concept’ was well made.

  3. BMW racing livery was recently on display at Saabsunited. Wasn’t quite as overt but quite the boy racer’s taping around the sides and the hood. Surely you are not taking a dig at that piece of art as well here?

    1. Deliberately taking a dig? No. But let’s just say that the timing of BMW’s press release was impeccable and I’m happy to stand behind what I wrote in this post.

      1. I’m all for reading about other marques, even on SU, but there was something in the manner of those BMW posts that irked me a bit. Comments were even worse. Steve, any chance you could put the old band back together and reinvigorate SU??!

        1. No chance at all, Geoff. I’m too involved in other things myself and whilst I’m quite interested in what happens to Saab, I’m not a fan of the current ownership at all and wouldn’t get any buy-in from them.

          SU is now owned by Till, I believe. It’s up to him where it goes.

          1. Well that’s understandable – just a shame to see what has become of SU after all your work. I guess it has mirrored what has become of Saab too. I’ll just have to stick around here!

  4. That BMW picture above reminded me of something, but at first I couldn’t figure out what. Now I know. It reminds me of some marketing material from auto makers in the 70s. As a kid in a small town in Sweden pre Internet you were happy with anything car related you could get your hands on, so every brochure I found were thoroughly examined over and over again. I clearly remember some year when the Volvo, VW and Mercedes ones had real photos of cars shot in the street or on the road, whilst the Ford ones had these colorized pictures. I also remember how good and smooth they looked in print, and how bad the real version looked when you actually saw one.