Believe it or not, this was Koenigsegg's attempt at an eco-friendly hypercar…
By Cam Tait / Sunday, 2 October 2022 / Loading comments
Every time a new, impossibly powerful hypercar built from ultra-exotic materials debuts, you tend to hear a groan from enthusiasts justifiably tired of such unobtainable machinery. Yet Koenigsegg, the kind of carmaker that only builds cars of this ilk, typically dodges the kind of backlash other boutique carmakers receive. Why is that?
Perhaps it’s because Koenigsegg does things differently. The initial CC prototype, for instance, was designed to beat the mighty McLaren F1 and, at one point, was set to feature the Motori Moderni-built flat-12. That’s right – the woefully uncompetitive and unreliable F1 engine that Subaru helped develop. Koenigsegg then went on to build its own V8 engine – no mean feat – and more recently developed a trick transmission that functions as either a manual or automatic. Say what you want about its clientele, but there’s no denying Koenigsegg makes engineering seem compelling.
It even built one of the world’s first eco-friendly hypercars. Okay, eco-friendly may be a bit of a stretch, but it wasn’t quite as taxing on the polar ice caps as its petrol-only forerunners. Built to run on E85 and E100 ethanol, as well as 98 RON petrol, the CCXR was capable of delivering hypercar performance (and, just as importantly, an apocalyptic soundtrack) while drastically reducing the amount of CO2 from the exhaust. It used the same 4.8-litre, twin-supercharged V8 engine from the ‘standard’ CCX, albeit with a remap, new piston rings, injectors and fuel lines to manage the ‘cleaner’ fuel. The superchargers were cranked up, too, resulting in a ridiculous 1,032hp and 782lb ft of torque – a sizeable jump over the regular CCX. Now that’s how you do green motoring.
But this is no ordinary CCXR, oh no. It’s the CCXR Edition, which was aimed at the certifiable lunatics who wanted to take their ultra-rare hypercar out on cicruit. So it was upgraded with new dampers, stiffer springs and beefier anti-roll bars, and a chassis height so low it looks like it might take root. It was also given a more track-focused makeover, complete with a larger rear wing and giant diffuser that help generate 350kg of downforce at 155mph. Walking pace for a CCXR Edition, frankly, given that it’ll top out at 249mph.
Moreover, it had exposed carbon fibre bodywork, long before it was considered de rigueur for such cars. Bespoke 11-inch wheels were available in carbon fibre to match the rest of the car, though the example we have here comes with the aluminium option, which won’t bankrupt you if you nick one on a kerb. The interior is a tad rudimentary by today’s glitzy standards, but you do get the Edition name stamped onto the dashboard and door sills as a subtle reminder that you’re in the eco-friendly model.
While you’re here, you’ll have noticed the steering wheel is on the correct side of the car. In fact, we’ve seen this car before. Of just four CCXR Editions built, only one was right-hand drive, making it virtually certain that this is the same car we featured back in 2018. Since then, it’s doubled in mileage – up to a heady 2,000 now – and has entered the eye-rolling world of the POA. A shame, then, but for reference it was up for sale at £1.3 million four years ago. Assuming recession doesn’t bite before this gets published, expect it to go for more than that now. A lot more.
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