Koenigsegg’s Quark: the featherweight EV motor

Written by Kfir Kedem – March 07, 2022

Reviewed by Asaf Kedem

Koenigsegg is continuously revolutionizing standard automotive technologies and pioneering new methods to ensure lighter weight and increased efficiency. One of the most talked-about solutions that Koenigsegg had was the camless engine, in which the fuel inlet and exhaust valves could move freely, thus removing the weight of the camshaft. The company’s car, the Gamera, is a hybrid, so naturally Koenigsegg developed an electric motor that is like no other.

It’s known as “the Quark” and although it only weighs 28.5 kg (63 lbs.), it produces 246 kW (335 HP) of power and 600 Nm (443 ft-lb). These figures are for the peak power though, which only lasts for 20 seconds. This is not uncommon in electric vehicle motors and still provides the vehicle with up to 100 kW (134 HP) and 250 Nm (184 ft-lb). Although developed for the Gamera, the company’s CEO sees applications for the motor with other industries such as eVTOL and marine.

Auto Trendy’s take:

Light-weighting is an extremely important topic in markets outside of sports and passenger cars. For eVTOL, decreasing the weight will aid in the flight and for commercial vehicles, it will help increase profitability. With such light motors, fleet managers will be able to legally transport higher volumes on each route.