Why anyone would buy a performance model and then pay to remove the very element that enhances its performance is beyond us, but believe me it’s possible.
There are plenty of aftermarket deletion kits – for example, to remove the wing from a 911 GT3. However, few manufacturers will let you pay to remove their handiwork at the factory for fear of ruining the driving experience that they have worked so hard to create.
But Koenigsegg will, and on the most insane of its models, the Jesko, no less. After spending more than 3,000 hours on aerodynamic analysis for the hypercar, the manufacturer launched the Jesko Absolut, a low-drag variant, which replaces the large rear wing with ‘vertical stabilisers’ inspired by the F-15 fighter jet, which aid high speed stability, reduce rear turbulence and help to bring its drag coefficient down to an incredible 0.278Cd (compared to the Bugatti Chiron’s 0.36Cd).
The Absolut also loses the front arch louvres and bonnet vents, plus some of its ride height, while gaining length and rear wheel aero covers. The result? A hypercar like no other, with a top speed in excess of 300mph thanks to its 1,625PS (1,195kW) 5.0-litre turbocharged V8.
It costs a huge $3,419,000 (£2,421,968), compared to the standard Jesko’s $2,800,000 (£1,983,478), which seems like an awful lot just to remove a few components…