Koenigsegg CCXR

Buy a Koenigsegg, save the world

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If you happen to have a huge wad of cash laying around and want to save the planet from global warming by lowering your share of the climate changing carbon dioxide emissions, the time has come to empty your piggy bank and purchase the most altruistic supercar you’ll ever own – the Koenigsegg CCXR. Unlike the supercars of the olden days, this little gem runs ethanol fuel which means that instead of craving non-renewable energy sources hidden deep down in the earth's crust this beacon of Swedish ingenuity and craftsmanship manages to convert corn, hemp and sunflower seeds into a whopping 1018 Bhp. By using freshly grown crops instead of ferns from the days of the dinosaurs, the CCXR actually manages to put out 1004 bhp (759 kilowatts) at 7200 rpm and 1060 Newton metres of torque at 6100 rpm, which means that this car is no less than 25 % more powerful than the Koenigsegg CCX. Being environmentally friendly has never felt as good as today.

The Koenigsegg CCXR is powered by essentially the same twin-supercharged V8 engine as the CCX model, except for the fact that the CCXR engine has been converted to run on E85 ethyl alcohol. Ethyl alcohol is the same type of alcohol found in alcoholic beverages and as the Swedes has known since they received their very first sip mead from Óðinn, it can be easily mass-produced by fermenting virtually any type of sugar or cellulose that you happen to have around. In northern countries the crops of choice for ethyl alcohol production has traditionally been cold tolerant barley and rey – often combined with honey – while southerners are more inclined to opt for dry resilient cereals such as corn and sorghum. What all these products have in common is that they do not add any new carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. When a plant grows, it uses carbon dioxide from the air to facilitate photosynthesis and create plant matter from carbon. When the plant is burned, either directly or after being turned into alcohol, it releases the same amount of carbon dioxide back into the air. The net amount of CO2 is always the same.

So, what will be your reward for doing the right thing and relinquishing your old gas guzzling Skoda Octavia for a piece of pure Scandinavian beauty?  To begin with, you will be blessed with the abovementioned 1004 bhp at 7200 rpm and 1060 Newton metres of torque at 6100 rpm, which gives you a neat top speed of 250+ mph (400+ km/h) and the ability do go from 0–62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 3.2 seconds while experiencing a lateral G-force of 1.4 G. This can be compared to the mere 806 bhp at 6900 rpm and 920 Newton metres of torque at 5700 rpm achieved by the CCX model. You will also get a pre-impregnated carbonfibre/Kevlar car body with lightweight sandwich reinforcements, and Koenigsegg magnesium alloy wheels with centre locking. For the real connoisseur, there is also the option of carbon/magnesium wheels. These are just a few of the mouth-watering titbits that can turn even the most an irrefutable oil aficionado into Mother Nature's best friend in, let’s say 3.2 seconds.

The main secret behind the amazing capability of the Flower Power Koenigsegg is the significant cooling properties of ethanol in the engine's combustion chambers. This allows for a higher pressure in the cylinder, which translates into more power. It should also be noted that the ethanol based biofuel for which the XXCR has been developed has a higher octane rating than the petrol used by the CCX; 113 RON compared to 110 RON for petrol in Europe and 95 RON for petrol in North America.

A last quick note to all the CCX owners out there; there is no need pulling you hair in desperation out or trying to trade in your Koenigsegg for a Kinder Egg. Simply cough up an extra US$100 000 (€80 000) and you can have your CCX converted to the same engine specifications as the CCXR. All you need is upgraded fuel lines and piston rings, modified fuel injectors, and a higher boost setting on the superchargers.



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