Sweden's new beast

Koenigsegg Agera

Until you'll be able to see Koenigsegg's latest supercar in the flesh in the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, the guys from GTspirit.com got their hands on these very first high quality renderings of the Swedish supercar. Apart from its front facia, the new supercar called "Agera" clearly reminds us of its predecessor, the CCX. But you can not really complain about that as the CCX (along with the Pagani Zonda) is one of those hypercars that make you wonder if it could even get better.

Maybe the more significant change is under the bonnet where now you can find the 4.7L Koenigsegg V8 from the CCX tuned to produce: 910 Hp. The Agera has a weight of 1284 Kg which allows it to have an astonishing weight to power ratio thanks to its ultralight carbon fiber chassis and bodywork. This will help the car provide endless acceleration until it hits 395km/h (245 mph) with 100 km/h (62 mph) coming right after 3.1 seconds. Frightening numbers which, judging by the performance of the Agera's predecessors, are all but overestimated.

Until we get more real world pictures of the Swedish beast check out the pictures below and don't forget to visit GTspirit for more details.

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VIDEO: Ferrari 599XX driven by autocar

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Until we get to see the 599 GTO on a proper road test, Autocar mag got its hands on the stripped out version of the 599 GTB for the track, the 599XX. The GTO badge has been used two very special times in the history of the prancing horse. First with the immortal 250 GTO then with the 288 GTO (commonly known as the GTO). Seeing that the original 599 GTB weights more than 1690 KG, one can wonder how much its GTO variant will weight, knowing that the fourty years old 250 GTO was just over 900 KG. The 599 GTO surely won't be able to match that figure, but it's going to be an epic car anyway. In fact it can be described as a road legal version of the 599XX and Autocar test driver Steve Sutcliffe had the priviledge to take you on board for four laps on the Fiorano test track, enjoy!

The 2010 Formula One World Championship contenders

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With the unveiling of the long awated lotus T127 with its beautiful classic Lotus Racing livery, the 2010 formula One grid began to show up with already 22 cars ready to go in Bahrain. This is surely one of the most anticipated Formula One seasons since 2000. With a mixture of young talents and old veterans as well as four new teams and a returning seven times world champion willing to take the the crown again, it is going to be a very interesting battle.

After seing the Brawn GP team come out from the ashes of the former Honda F1 team to make the surprise and take both crowns in 2009, this year we have more favourites than any other season in modern F1.

It is also believed that banning refueling will make races more exciting and will allow more actual overtaking on the track. So now we have fuel tanks that can carry up to 250 liters. This lead to a slightly different design of the cars especially when it comes to the wheel base which is now a little bit longer.

No more talking, now let's have a look at the 2010 championship contenders!

Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid race car: "Hybrid" isn't always pejorative

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The term "hybrid" used to be synonymous with low performance. But things started to change since hybrid technology has been introduced in Formula One, and now even high performance car makers like BMW //M and Ferrari began to plan hybrid technology for their performance road cars.

The Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid which is due to be publicly unveiled in the Geneva Motor Show next March uses a hybrid system in the kind of the KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) used in Formula One in the 2009 season.

The GT3 R Hybrid uses an electrical flywheel power generator instead of batteries for power storage (a flywheel is a device that stores energy mechanically as rotation energy, if you are interested to know more about this old but efficient technology go to this page).

Under braking, the two electric motors mounted on the front axle act like generators and the flywheel is charged with speeds of this latter exeeding 40,000rpm. The system allows the driver to use the stored energy to get extra power from the two electric motors (60KW each) during 6 to 8 seconds. Clever and simple.

After the unveiling at Geneva, the new GT3 R Hybrid race car is planned to take on the Nürburgring 24 hours challenge next May.

2010 Geneva Motor Show Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid from Engined Beasts on Vimeo.

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The Nürburgring Nordschleife, commonly known as the "Green Hell" is one of the world's most demanding race tracks. With its 20.8 Km (12.9 miles) and its 73 turns, it's the perfect destination for every car manufacturer who wants his new production vehicle or racecar to undergo the ultimate handling test.

The Nürburgring Nordschleife is also open to car enthusiasts who want to see how fast they can go around the legendary circuit. Beware though, taking the Nürburgring is no easy task. If you are planning to do so for the first time, i highly recommend you to use a driving simulator in the kind of Gran Turismo 4 (or hopefully GT5) in which the circuit is faithfully reproduced. Being familiar with the different turns sure will help you concentrate more on your driving and also on you retro sight.

Or, you can keep checking the webcam below as you might spot some beauties!