The Perils of Koenigsegg Ownership

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Ever since Marcello Gandini designed the Lamborghini Countach’s scissor doors, any serious competitor to the automotive loony throne has had to have a trick door. With the Koenigsegg’s, there’s a slight catch.

It’s not that the Swedes—who have this summer picked up Saab from General Motors—failed to try. The Koenigsegg’s door system, designed by company founder Christian von Koenigsegg, even has a wonderfully pretentious name. Refer to it by anything other than a dihedral synchro-helix actuation system and Mr. von Koenigsegg, pictured above, will pummel you into linguistic submission with a carbon fiber reindeer femur.

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Here’s all that dihedral syncro-helix actuation in brief systemic action:

For your big fancy Lamborghini scissor door, opening upwards, danger lurks from above in the form of low-hanging parking garage ceilings and low-flying pelicans. In the case of the Koenigsegg, it’s from curbes, as made explicit by this warning label I photographed on the doorsill of a one-off K’segg built for a Kuwaiti oil millionaire:

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Translation: popping open the extending-and-rotating door actuating the dihedral syncho-helix system closer than 16" to a curb at least 4" high is sure to result in a very, very expensive crunch of carbon fiber. Not that you’d care if you were in a position to custom-order Koenigseggs, but it’s a nice touch nevertheless.

I sincerely hope you Koenigsegg-owning readers out there are smarter than to open your Swedish hypercar’s doors with such reckless abandon. If not, post your tales of dihedral doom in the comments.

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Photo Credit: ADAM IHSE/AFP/Getty Images and the author

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Just curious. It seems to me that the hinges of a door like this would be under greater strain than the ordinary hinges of an ordinary car door, so they'd have to be bigger than conventional door hinges. In addition you'll need some kind of hydraulic razzmatazz to keep the car door from swinging down and bopping you on the head as you get out of the car.

So wouldn't doors like this would weigh more than ordinary car doors? This is no problem for the kind of nitwits who put scissors doors - I mean "dihedral syncho-helix systems" - on a bloated garbage truck like an Escalade, but why in Hell would a super-car manufacturer ever put heavier components where lighter ones would suffice?

Incidentally, though this has nothing to do with cars per se, so far as I know "door hinge" is the only common English phrase that rhymes with "orange."