Koenigsegg has determined the cause of the fire that destroyed a $3 million Jesko

Koenigsegg has determined the cause of the fire that destroyed a  million Jesko

Koenigsegg has determined the cause of the fire that destroyed a  million Jesko
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Koenigsegg discovered the cause of the fire that melted a Jesko in Greece earlier this month. The fire disintegrated the hypercar within minutes. A Koenigsegg engineer went to retrieve the vehicle. The carmaker quickly launched an investigation to determine the cause of the fire.

To prevent similar incidents, and before they had gathered data that would help them understand, Koenigsegg representatives asked all Jesko owners to stop driving their cars. In the meantime, the automaker would analyze the burned car and other Jesko examples to better understand what had happened.

The investigation found that the fuel tank, engine oil and transmission oil were still intact in the vehicle that burned down completely last month. According to the automaker, they were not affected or affected by the fire.

What they found that could have caused the fire was a streak of hydraulic fluid behind the car on the road, so they went looking for the pressurized hydraulic system, the only system that has this fluid in it.

The team discovered that a pressurized hydraulic hose attached to the rear of the car was damaged, which was where the leak came from, causing the fire.

The experts also check the installation of all hydraulic hoses on all Jesko production models and on Jesko units already delivered to ensure that the installation is safe.

The team is also testing and developing a software update that can detect a pressure drop or leak in less than a second. Once the leak is detected, it automatically shuts down the hydraulic system within a second to prevent a fire.

Koenigsegg plans to release the first version of the software of the added feature before the end of the week. After the update, they will allow owners to drive their Jeskos again.

According to an Instagram post signed by Christian von Koenigsegg himself, the Swedish hypercar manufacturer will provide the owner of the burned car with a new Jesko.

While providing updates on the fire investigation, Koenigsegg was also busy breaking records with the Jesko. With test driver Markus Lundh behind the wheel and fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires, a Jesko Absolut became the fastest to go from 0 to 400 km/h (248.5 mph) after covering the distance in 27.83 seconds at an airfield in Sweden on June 27.

It reached 402 km/h (250 mph) in 19.20 seconds and needed 28.27 seconds to blast from 0 to 400 km/h (250 mph) and then brake back to zero. The example that broke all these records was a standard car running on E85 fuel, equipped with a roll cage, and had a single seat.