July 21, 2024
Industry News

Koenigsegg Identifies Cause of Blaze that Scorched $3M Jesko Attack

A group of approximately 70 road trippers set out on the 6to6 European tour, beginning in Athens, Greece and planned to journey through eight countries and two mountain ranges to reach Monaco. Unfortunately, one participant didn’t make it far, as a Koenigsegg Jesko Attack Nur Edition vehicle, valued at $3 million and featuring raw carbon fiber with 24-karat gold accents, caught fire while driving through Athens at low speed. The incident resulted in the car becoming a pile of carbon shards melted onto the engine. Koenigsegg had only produced around 30 of the projected 125 Jesko models at that time. An engineer was sent from the Swedish headquarters to bring the remnants back to Sweden for further examination. Christian von Koenigsegg, the CEO, disclosed on Instagram that the fire originated from a leak in the car’s pressurized hydraulic line. 

Further investigation revealed that other flammable liquid systems within the vehicle, such as the engine and gearbox oil systems, and fuel tank, remained intact. The source of the fire was pinpointed to a compromised hose in the pressurized hydraulic system at the rear of the car. To prevent similar incidents, the company is inspecting the hydraulic system in all produced and delivered cars. Additionally, a software update is in progress to monitor hydraulic pressure and automatically shut down the system in the event of a leak, ensuring the safety of the vehicles. Once the software update is deployed, the Koenigsegg cars will be deemed safe for operation once again.

The occupants of the car in Athens escaped unscathed. Christian concluded his post by expressing gratitude to the owner for their support and confirming that a replacement vehicle would be provided so they could continue their Koenigsegg journey. This swift and comprehensive customer service mirrors the company’s commitment to excellence, both in their cars and their support.

Amidst the aftermath, reports surfaced of raw carbon fiber fragments allegedly from the Jesko being put up for sale on Facebook Marketplace, although no evidence was provided to verify their origin. This incident highlights the unpredictable nature of online marketplaces like Facebook. 

FAQs

1. What caused the Koenigsegg Jesko to catch fire in Athens?

The fire was traced back to a leak in the car’s pressurized hydraulic line.

2. How is Koenigsegg addressing the issue to prevent future incidents?

The company is inspecting the hydraulic system in all produced and delivered cars and developing a software update to monitor hydraulic pressure and shut down the system in case of a leak.

Conclusion

The unfortunate incident involving the Koenigsegg Jesko in Athens serves as a reminder of the importance of thorough vehicle inspections and safety measures. Koenigsegg’s proactive approach to addressing the issue and ensuring the well-being of its customers reflects their dedication to excellence and customer satisfaction.

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