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Koenigsegg Seriously Wants To Race at Le Mans

Máté Petrány
Photo credit: James Holm

From Road & Track

Back in 2007, Koenigsegg built a GT1-spec racing car that resembled a CCR road car, but was based more on the original CC prototype. The CCGT, shown above, had a dry weight of 2200 lbs. and a V-8 producing well over 600 horsepower. With AP Racing six-piston brakes in all corners and Koenigsegg's ultra-stiff carbon fiber chassis, this GT1 dream showed great promise during testing. But then, the FIA decided to change the rules of homologation, and the Swedes were out before they could enter. The CCGT remained a one-off.

Now, the FIA World Endurance Championship's LMP1 era is coming to a close. The new Hypercar Class is in, so far populated by Toyota, Aston Martin, possibly Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus, and who know who else. Perhaps Koenigsegg? Well, back in March, just before the Jesko's debut at the Geneva Motor Show, Christian von Koenigsegg had this to tell us about his current racing ambitions:

We would love to go racing if there’s an opportunity. Because for the first time ever, there’s a category that’s geared towards our type of car. To race in the last ten years, after GT1 was gone, against 911s and 458s, would have been crazy, with a car costing ten times as much, being bogged down by balance of performance. But now, it can make sense again, and it’s extremely interesting. We have a lot of companies wanting to sponsor us, if we want to go, so it wouldn’t have to cost us that much either, and it would be very exciting. Probably if we do it, we’ll team up with some racing team instead of doing everything from the factory. The question mark is around the hybrid system. How can we fit it? In the Jesko, or do we have to make sort of another car?

With WEC's Hypercar rules finally out in the open, we reached out to the factory again, but at this point, they wish not to comment further. A Jesko-based racing car has been rendered already, we're told. And there's still plenty of time until 2021.

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