Advertisement

RAW by Koenigsegg imagines compact hypercar of the future

Striking concept created by Koenigsegg’s design partner offers 690bhp in a flyweight package and McLaren F1 aping three seat layout

This is the RAW: a digital concept proposing a three-seat Koenigsegg supercar with a 1:1 power to weight ratio.

It’s the work of design student Esa Mustonen for RAW Design House - the firm also responsible for styling the new Gemera hypercar. The concept was created under the supervision of Christian von Koenigsegg, and while there’s no official plan for the car to make production, it is intended to sit within an imagined “RAW by Koenigsegg” fantasy line-up.

As such, the concept is said to draw upon various cutting-edge technologies used in the Swedish marque’s production hypercars. This includes the FreeValve engine: using pneumatic valves, it does away with a traditional camshafts, throttle bodies and timing belt. Here, the three cylinder, two-litre unit makes 690bhp (that’s 700 metric horsepower), which combined with a 700kg kerb weight, results in a 1:1 power to weight ratio.

The low mass is made possible thanks to a motorsport-inspired carbon fibre tub onto which the drivetrain, suspension and body parts are attached. The bodywork is pared back to a minimum: the angular front end features a huge front air intake that directs airflow through the structure towards the rear of the car.

Advertisement - Article continues below

The back end itself features almost no rear overhang - the rear face of the back tyres are almost completely exposed - and the air channeled from the front exits via a vast diffuser.

The RAW keeps some signature Koenigsegg styling cues, most notably the wraparound windscreen, double bubble roof and dihedral synchro-helix doors (that’s fancy spinning doors, in simplified English) - though unlike on other Koenigseggs, these hinge from the rear. They open to reveal a three-seat cabin, which places the driver in the centre of the action, and two passengers to either side and just behind.

What do you think of the RAW by Koenigsegg? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below...

Advertisement
Advertisement

Recommended

Visit Could the Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut become the world’s fastest car?
Koenigsegg Jesko

Could the Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut become the world’s fastest car?

An even more extreme version of the Jesko hypercar, the Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut promises to set new benchmarks in the realm of speed
4 Mar 2020
Visit New 2022 Gordon Murray Automotive T.50: specs and performance
News

New 2022 Gordon Murray Automotive T.50: specs and performance

The Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 is a new ‘analogue’ supercar from the McLaren F1's creator and it will use a brand new 3.9-litre V12 from Cosworth
28 May 2020
Visit Limited Edition 710bhp Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign launched
Nissan GT-R

Limited Edition 710bhp Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign launched

Nissan has pulled the covers off the first production-ready GT-R50, which celebrates the golden anniversary of the GT-R badge
20 May 2020

Most Popular

Visit New 2021 Mercedes SL to be developed by AMG with 2+2 layout
Mercedes SL

New 2021 Mercedes SL to be developed by AMG with 2+2 layout

The new Mercedes SL roadster will return with a fabric roof and will share tech with the AMG GT sports car. Our exclusive images preview how it could …
29 May 2020
Visit New 2020 BMW 4 Series Coupe leaked ahead of Tuesday's reveal
BMW 4 Series

New 2020 BMW 4 Series Coupe leaked ahead of Tuesday's reveal

The new BMW 4 Series Coupe and its controversial grille have leaked online confirming the car's design divergence from the 3 Series saloon
31 May 2020
Visit Best sleeper cars: used Q cars that are faster than they look
Best cars & vans

Best sleeper cars: used Q cars that are faster than they look

Want to get somewhere fast without drawing attention to yourself? Then you need a sleeper car: an unassuming motor that packs serious punch under the …
28 May 2020