Wednesday, December 1, 2010

AUTOart Signature: 1/18 Koenigsegg CCX. #792

Koenigsegg CCX. Thats right.

For anyone who don't know what the CCX is, you are in for a treat. For 11 years, the McLaren F1 has held the title of fastest production car in the world. Then out came Koenigsegg, a Swedish company with the intention to build one of the fastest cars ever made. In 2005, the CCR became the next fastest car in the world. Then Bugatti came out and made the Veyron. Koenigsegg then built this. The CCX. From spec, it is definitely faster than the Veyron, however, it has never had the opportunity for a record run. Next an American company by the name of SCC designed the Ultimate Aero TT. Then Veyron updated to the Super Sport, and to this day, the CCX stands as the third fastest car in the world.

There are many special features in this model. Firstly, it is composed of 294 individual parts. The roof is detachable and able to stow under the hood. The dihedral synchro-helix" actuation doors are replicated exactly, and when the trunk is open you can see the active suspension working in the rear. I'll describe the car as we flip through the pics.

The MSRP of this model is a whopping $204.95 USD. Here are the specs of it on the AUTOart official site:

So this was the box that was presented to me after it was unpackaged:
The box is detailed really nicely. It's matt black with silver lettering all over. What was a really nice touch is the Koenigsegg logo is on the ends in a huge shield with some kind of raised glossy ink, so right when you look at the box with the silver AUTOart Signature, you know this model is something special.

Next, I pulled the styrofoam cube out of the box, and the first thing I notice is that the roof piece has its own separate compartment! hardcore. Also, there was a microfiber cloth that was embossed with AA on it. pretty nice touch.

So the first piece I pull out is the roof and the cloth. The cloth isn't that special, just your typical eye glass cleaning fabric however the roof was pretty nice. It gave me a perfect sneak preview at what i was going to see when I cracked open the real block. The roof was polished to an amazing shine, and the glass in the middle was replicated perfectly. After turning it around I realized it was lined as well and the texture/material they used simulated a kind of velvet/rubber. The detail on this is insane.
Next, I cut open the tape holding the two pieces of styrofoam and was pleasantly surprised. This is how it looked:

The model was held to the bottom by 4 screws, so I immediately unscrewed the model out and placed it on the table. The stance is incredible. I think I like looking at it more than my Veyron. I then checked the certificate of authenticity to see what number I had. #792. I then checked the booklet to see what features the model had.

Here I took the car out and here's a pic with the roof beside it.

The next thing I did was attach the roof to make sure it fit right. The roof snapped in perfectly and with no issues that some other people had with theirs.

The hood can be stowed in the interior in the real car, so AUTOart had to redesign this. I heard that it was hell and they scrapped many prototypes before it was wide enough to fit the full roof. Some other owners say theirs are really snug and that to put it in would damage the roof, but it fits perfectly on mine.

One of the special defining features of this model are the way the doors open. In the real Koenigsegg, they designed a new door called the dihedral synchro-helix" actuation system. This system is replicated exactly in the AUTOart version. I heard it takes 4 hinges and 20 screws per door for them to be able to implement this.

Here are some pictures of the interior. It's made pretty well. The Sparco seats are nice, and the numbers and dials on everything is pretty much microscopic. The floor mats have the Koenigsegg emblem embossed on and there's cloth seat belts and photo etched belt buckles. However, I think it could be done better for the price of the model. The thing that's driving me nuts is the mold line on the shift knob that runs down the middle.

Here are some detail shots of the front and rear wheel. The front you can see the carbon lip has been simulated perfectly. Also, all the grills in the front has fine metal mesh. Also, the rims are pretty nice and has the Koenigsegg shield embossed in the center nut. Also, the Koenigsegg metal emblem behind the wheel is a really nice touch.

The rear area is just as impressive. the CCX part is a metal emblem. One of my favorite pieces is the grill covering the intake. Its made out of photo etched metal, and just one of the nicest pieces and replicated exactly to the one in the real car. Also the side skirts have the carbon design on it too.

Here is the back end of the CCX up close. The tail lamps are individual chromed housings with the color inserts of clear red plastic. Even the clear one has a perfectly cut plastic "diamond" that is inserted into this chrome housing. The mid section is chrome painted and the paint is a semi gloss, opposed to the entire car which has a coat of gloss clear, so you know they painted this piece separately. All the vents have photo etched fine metal mesh. Its hard to see in the picture, but in person you can see the massive chromed catalytic converter through the mesh. The exhaust is also a really nice tough. Its composed of two pieces. the outside piece is just sprayed aluminum color, however, the exhaust itself is a milled piece of aluminum. From this angle, it appears theres no exhaust "hole", but from a lower angle you see it travels up into the catalytic converter. The rear diffuser also has mesh within it, so we can see the butt end of the transmission. It has a carbon fiber texture as well.

Here's an Engine shot. I don't even know where to start. It'd just take forever.

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