Bug catcher: Koenigsegg Agera
So Captain Slow has set a new speed record in the Veyron SS. Good work – now meet the car set to obliterate it...
Posted: 01 Dec 2010
The big V8 idles with a deep clattering thrash, all functional machine noise, accompanied by a whine of turbochargers like a distant police car siren. Rev it and you know instantly this is a near-race engine, the light flywheel effect the most vivid indicator. The raw sound reverberates around the cabin in a blast as thick as ocean surf.
Engage the first of the gears in the sequential robotised manual with a firm pull of the right paddle. CLACK, the gear hits home and a ‘1’ replaces the ‘N’ on the centre dial. If it’s loud at tickover, what the hell will it be like at 7,000rpm? We’ll soon know. A bit of throttle and the auto clutch engages with a single positive thrust. Whump. We’re away. The car is already warm because Christian has brought it to the track for us. I remember another feature of this early car – no traction control – before burying my right foot hard down in second gear.