Here’s how the Koenigsegg Agera R broke records with its perfect power-to-weight ratio

Here’s how the Koenigsegg Agera R broke records with its perfect power-to-weight ratio

When it comes to construction supercars, Koenigsegg is one of the most remarkable companies in the world. Back in the 90s, Christian von Koenigsegg, the founder first introduced a prototype car called the Koenigsegg CC to the automotive world.


Originally, this prototype was tested with an Audi V8 engine in 1996. Later, Koenigsegg changed the engine to a Flat-12 racing engine, but eventually the manufacturer of this engine went bankrupt, leaving Koenigsegg with one option, to build its engines from scratch.

Considering that at the time Koenigsegg was just a small company with big dreams, it was quite unusual that they could actually manage to build an engine and also a gearbox on their own.

Finally, in 2006, Koenigsegg introduced the all-new 2006 CCX model that was developed for use on the road. For that to happen, the CCX had to go through many developments so that it could meet safety standards.

Although the all-new Koenigsegg Jesko is much better engineered and has much more pure power, the Agera R achieved almost the same performance as the Jesko.

After enjoying great success with previous models, Koenigsegg introduced its new Agera R model in 2011. Without further ado, let’s see how the Agera R broke records during production.

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The Agera R came with a monstrous 5.0L V8

2012 Koenigsegg Agera R in red seen from the rear
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Since the beginning of Koenigsegg’s foundation, all they had in mind was to produce the ultimate vehicle with the highest possible performance. The Agera R debuted in 2011 with an impressive 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) time of just 2.8 seconds. This may be why the Agera R was banned in the US

Under the hood, the Agera R hides a potent 5.0L twin-turbocharged V8 with an output of 1,140 hp and 885 lb-ft of torque at 4,100 RPM. This V8 transfers all the power to the rear wheel through an automatic seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox specially designed for the Agera R.

The engine uses 32 valves (4 valves per cylinder) with the modern DOHC mechanism. The material used in the rods is one of the strongest available, which is titanium. The intake manifold is made of carbon fiber for minimum weight and maximum strength.

The weight-to-power ratio included in one of these models is a near-perfect 1.19 kg/hp (2.6 lbs/hp). Although the Koenigsegg One:1 has a perfect weight-to-power ratio of 1.0 kg/hp (2.2 lbs/hp), the Agera R’s figure is still impressive. The Agera R also has an almost perfect weight distribution of 44% at the front and 56% at the rear.

Combining all the points mentioned above, the Agera R has achieved top performance due to its sophisticated powertrain and powertrain.

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Breaking records was a daily routine for the Agera R

2012 Koenigsegg Agera R in white front view
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In 2011, Koenigsegg broke a total of six world records for production cars at the Angelholm test site with the Agera R. The most notable record was 0-300 km/h (0-186 mph) in 14.53 seconds. What’s more, the Agera R managed 0-300-0 km/h (0-186-0mph) in just 21.19 seconds.

This record was due to the outstanding brakes used in the Agera R. A fun fact about this test is that the driver used the brake pedal when slowing down from 300 to zero km/h (186-0mph) without holding the steering wheel.

The specially designed Michelin Supersport tires for the Agera R offer high levels of grip and good mechanical balance. This allows the Agera R to pick up 1.6G through the corners. Now you can clearly see that Koenigsegg has made this model to be a purely track-oriented hypercar.

The Agera R was so successful during production that it was featured in several mainstream films and games such as the Need For Speed ​​series. This hacked the memories of the Agera R in many minds, which is why it is one of the most iconic hypercars out there.

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The Agera R’s interior design is comfortable and luxurious

2012 Koenigsegg Agera R Interior White
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Although no one can buy a brand new Agera R anymore since it is out of production, because the Agera range was produced from 2010 to 2018.

Since it is specially designed to be used on tracks, many people would think that it would be uncomfortable and tough to drive it on the roads. That said, Koenigsegg has actually crafted the interior in a way that the driver would be welcomed by comfort, modern technologies and premium materials.

In the interior you can find many modern features such as a hydraulic lift system, electric windows and adjustable pedals and a steering column. Both seats have custom leather and Agera-style stitching.

There is also a digital user guide on board. Since the Agera R has many blind spots, it also has front and rear parking sensors and a reversing camera. Finally, the steering used in the Agera R is an electro-hydraulic servo assisted for easy handling.

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