Koenigsegg CC8S

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Koenigsegg CC8S
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Overview
ManufacturerKoenigsegg
Production2002–2004
6 built
AssemblyÄngelholm, Sweden
DesignerChristian von Koenigsegg
David Crafoord[1]
Body and chassis
ClassSports car (S)
Body style2-door Targa top
LayoutRear mid-engine, rear-wheel drive
PlatformKoenigsegg CC
Powertrain
Engine4.7 L twin-supercharged Ford Modular V8
Transmission6-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,659 mm (104.7 in)
Length4,191 mm (165.0 in)
Width1,989 mm (78.3 in)
Height1,069 mm (42.1 in)
Curb weight1,175 kg (2,590 lb) (Dry)
Chronology
SuccessorKoenigsegg CCR

The Koenigsegg CC8S is a mid-engined sports car produced by the Swedish automaker Koenigsegg. It was the company's first production car and the first production car to use dihedral-synchro helix actuation doors, a feature that has become a trademark of the brand. At its introduction, it won several awards, including the Guinness World Record for the Most Powerful Production Engine and design awards from both Red Dot in Germany and Utmärkt Svensk Form in Sweden.[2]

Development[edit]

The CC8S was developed from the Koenigsegg CC prototype. It was the culmination of 8 years of research and development. Despite limited resources, the chassis, suspension, brakes, and several other components were designed in-house by Koenigsegg. The pre-production car was shown at the 2000 Paris Auto Show, the public's reaction to the car was favourable and international contacts were made. The car had many unique functions such as the roof, which could be stored in the car's trunk located in the front (other Targa top sports cars of the time such as the Ferrari F50 and the Porsche Carrera GT lacked this feature), vertical opening doors dubbed dihederal-synchro helix actuation doors and a central patented free flowing exhaust system based on the 'Rocket Cat Principle'. These unique features and design received great praise from the spectators, despite large orders, only 6 cars were produced due to high production costs out of which, 2 were right hand drive. The CC8S was replaced by the more powerful CCR model in 2004.[3]

Overview[edit]

Body[edit]

The body is a two-door, two-seat Targa top design, meaning a portion of the roof can be removed and stored under the bonnet. The chassis is made from kevlar-reinforced carbon fibre. The kevlar-reinforced carbon fibre semi-monocoque is attached to a steel subframe at the front of the chassis, and an aluminum subframe at the rear.

The engine, transmission, and rear suspension is mounted to the aluminum subframe. All body panels are made from carbon fibre, and venturi tunnels and diffusers occupy the bottom of the car. These components increase downforce in conjunction with a rear-mounted spoiler. The frontal area of the car is just 1.825 m² which accounts for the CC8S to have a low Cd of just 0.30.

Engine and Transmission[edit]

The CC8S is powered by a supercharged Ford Modular 4.7 L DOHC V8 engine made of cast aluminium with 4 valves per cylinder and carbon fibre covers weighing 210 kg (460 lb), with a compression ratio of 8.6:1. It produces 655 PS (482 kW; 646 hp) at 6500 rpm and 750 N⋅m (550 lb⋅ft) at 5000 rpm. The redline is set to 7300 rpm. The engine powers the rear wheels through a 6 speed CIMA developed manual gearbox.

Wheels[edit]

The CC8S uses magnesium alloy wheels with center-locking hubs, to which 225/40ZR 18" front and 335/40ZR 20" rear Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires are mounted. The discs are cross-drilled for increased ventilation, and measure 340 mm (13 in) at the front and 315 mm (12.4 in) at the rear. The brake calipers contain 6 pistons in front and 4 pistons at the rear. The brakes are power-assisted by the Koenigsegg Advanced Control System.

Performance[edit]

Manufacturer estimates.

  • Acceleration: 0–100 km/h under 3.5 seconds
  • Top speed: 387 km/h (240 mph)
  • Standing quarter mile: 11.2 seconds at 147.4 mph (237.2 km/h)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Italian Junkyard: 20.1 Sweden Ain't That Cold: Christian Von Koenigsegg gives us a quick interview on how he made his dream come true". theitalianjunkyard.blogspot.se.
  2. ^ "CC8S Page at Koenigsegg website". Archived from the original on 2011-10-07. Retrieved 2011-11-01.
  3. ^ "Koenigsegg CC8S". Koenigsegg.com. Retrieved 2018-01-17.

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