This is the new Koenigsegg Jesko: The world’s first 300mph car (probably)

Star of the show

This is a new Koenigsegg Jesko, and it has the unenviable job of replacing the world’s fastest car: the Agera. But fear not - on paper the Jesko looks more than up to the task. It shares the 5-litre twin-turbo V8 from the monstrous Agera RS, but the engine has been lightened and now revs all the way up to 8,500rpm.

The result is - wait for it - 1,578bhp. That’s a fairly unfathomable figure, so let’s attempt to put it into context, shall we? A McLaren 720S accelerates from 0-60 in under 3 seconds and has a top speed of 211mph. It’s an astonishingly fast car - and the Jesko has more than double its horsepower. Eek.

It's also light - and sticky

But don’t think the new ‘Egg is just a blunt instrument. Thanks to improved aero, it produces enormous amounts of downforce - 1000kg at 170mph. The wheels are Koenigsegg’s own ultra-lightweight carbon fibre jobs which, combined, weigh less than 30 kg. that is frankly astonishing considering the force they will be asked to cope with.

Why Jesko?

As for the slightly odd name? Jesko is Christian Von Koenigsegg’s father. When Christian was just 22, his dad gave him the support he needed to realise his outlandish dream of founding a Swedish hypercar brand. The rest is history, and this car is Christian’s thank you letter to his father.

Where do I sign?

Production of the Jesko will be limited to 125 units (which is rather a lot by Koenigsegg standards) and prices will start at $3 million before tax. But then, surely you can’t put a price on breaking the 300mph barrier - and that's exactly what this car is designed to do. Will it? Christian claims it has done in simulations and will in real life - but only time will tell.