In 1966 at the Geneva Motor Show, Lamborghini unveiled a 350 horsepower mid-engined sports car that would later be referred to as the first supercar ever made, the Lamborghini Miura. Its transverse mounted 3.9 Liter V12 engine placed squarely in the middle of the car was a revelation in the production automobile industry.
Since then, Geneva has become the car show where the latest and greatest sports cars are unveiled. Last year it was the La Ferrari, before it was the Lamborghini Aventador, the Pagani Huayra and that the Zonda.
At this year’s Geneva Motor Show, Koenigsegg will unveil a 1360 horsepower carbon fiber monster. The Koenigsegg One:1, named because it produces a perfect one to one power to weight ratio. This 5-Liter bi-turbo V8 supercar has a claimed top speed of over 273 miles per hour.
Helping to keep the One:1 on the ground are specially designed Michelin Cup tires – 345 rear section, 265 front section, plus active aero features like an enormous rear-wing and front splitter. Koenigsegg’s signature Triplex suspension is used to prevent body role and to otherwise improve the car’s cornering ability – which has been measured at an astonishing 2 Gs of lateral grip.
With a redline at 8,250 RPM and a bespoke 7 speed dual clutch transmission, the Koenigsegg One:1 will likely reach 60 in about 2.5 seconds, though the Swedish company hasn’t released acceleration times yet.
Given the specs of the One:1, it would seem possible that it could set some sort of top speed record. However, because only six cars will be produced – all of which have been pre-sold, the One:1 will not qualify as a “production” car according to Guinness’s requirement that twenty examples be built for a car to be classified as a production automobile.