Power. For as long as automobiles have existed, manufactures have pursued more of it. In the 1960’s, the golden age of muscle cars saw massive engines making, at the time, massive power. The sound of oversized cams and the smell of high octane fuel could be found on main street in every American town. This idea carried into the early 70’s before restrictions and gas shortages began to plague the car community. It was no longer about quarter miles times and big block motors.
As time went on motors became more efficient and power made a comeback. The comeback however, was done in a way that felt very dated. Engines got big and heavy again and the same technology from the turn of the century was still being used. Enter automotive pioneers Koenigsegg and their rebel team of engineers and designers. Using new ideas and technology they are rewriting what is possible, and blazing a path to the future.
For as much as engines have changed over the years, a lot has stayed the same. The V8 and V6 is still the engine choice of the majority of car manufactures both in the regular consumer world and exotic as well. Koenigsegg however have been able to achieve something far more impressive. A three cylinder, 2.0 liter motor that cranks out 600 horsepower. The next closest three cylinder car is a Toyota putting out 268HP. To give even more context, 600HP is the output seen in a V10, 5.2 liter Lamborghini Huracan. This is done through a twin turbo system that’s been added giving the car an unprecedented 300HP per liter. An efficiency not seen anywhere else in the automotive world.
This was made possible by Koenigsegg’s in house engineering team Free Valve. Not just the name of the group, it also describes the camless engine and how valves work independently.
In order to achieve this Koenigsegg has begun incorporating AI curtesy of SparkCognition, a Texas artificial intelligence company. Koenigsegg didn’t stop there. The electric motor mated to the gas engine boosts power output to over 1000HP. Two electric motors were added to the rear wheels to give the Gemera a peak output of 1700HP on multiple types of fuels including gas, alcohol, ethanol, butanol, methanol, or any combination.
In a world where we automakers are improving the engines from the last 50 years, Koenigsegg is creating engines for the next 50 years.