Anytime we get our hands on a supercar it creates the more than usual excitement here at the DiecastSociety.com headquarters. One of the latest efforts from AUTOart is the Koenigsegg One:1. This one is a highly anticipated by many, including us here at DiecastSociety.com. Koenigsegg One:1 comes from AUTOart’s diecast/composite series and features a full assortment of opening parts. Somewhat of a departure from their last production Koenigsegg that was completed with diecast metal and plastic parts.
We’re not going to inundate you with various specifications of the Koenigsegg One:1. If more knowledge is paramount there is more than a wealth of information written about the car online and in print. What we will say is the goal of Koenigsegg was to attain the first power to weight ratio of 1 horsepower to every 1 kg of curb weight (this includes all liquids and fully fueled). They did achieve this and some, as they describe it, “it was completed through unprecedented weight saving measures”. Our focus is the scale model replica and provide you, the collector, a good base on what you’re receiving with your possible future purchase.
Out of the box, White exterior along side carbon fibre elements and Red accent bits look sharp! In our opinion the best colour option to be offered by AUTOart for 2018. It really brings forward the carbon fibre elements and the subtle styling cues of the One:1 design.
For the most part, AUTOart is successful in capturing the overall look and lines of the car. This model provides a full 360 access, something most competitors don’t provide today. And the only manufacturer who does (Fronti-Art) tips the scales at $1000CND+. Our example from AUTOart has a suggested retail of $349CND. Still not cheap but a far cry from the Fronti-Art specimen.
The paint application on the Koenigsegg One:1 is excellent. We find no issues from any angle. It definitely shows well. Where the exterior suffers some is the carbon fibre work. Seems AUTOart’s definition is slightly different when comparing photos to the original. Most areas are lacking the glossy look, especially evident in the wheels.
On the flip side, the One:1 has many areas that contain design elements were openings, aerodynamics and cooling intakes take centre stage. Each of these areas is completed with fully perforated grilles. Each is also nicely defined and finished. Some examples include the upper body intakes front and rear. Also the side intake front and mid feature the same clean execution. See photos above.
The front features a large chin spoiler. The design is completed well, though the carbon fibre work hints at the unpolished, flat finish we alluded to earlier. Seems the part is fabricated with the carbon weave into the plastic as opposed to layering on the carbon fibre material. A trend used on multiple parts found on the model. Same applies to the fins – right and left side.
Centre emblem is a quality piece and the carbon fibre work centre strip is better defined here as well. Headlight detail is very good. The LEDs train on the upper perimeter of the headlight is completed beautifully too.
As mentioned this is full 360 model, so we are granted full access to the inner working of the car. Note the great hinge work with strut supports left and right side. Those of you who are concerned about the use of composite materials over diecast metal, you have nothing to worry about here. The operation is flawless and doesn’t feel weak, flimsy or cheap. There is no room here to store your roof either. What is found is two large intakes taking over most of the available footprint. Again note the moulded carbon fibre work.
The rear is dominated by a large extended dual spoiler design. The bonus here it is functional! Movement is available up and down.
A large opening with quality perforated grille shows off some of the inner elements of the motor and exhaust. Before we go inside I wanted to note the quality taillights, the purple exhaust opening with the “One:1 Titanium” script (also applied to the inside section of the exhaust system) and emblems on the side of each upper spoiler arm. Lastly, note the Red light at the end of the roof-line fin. Nice attention to detail folks!
Access to the motor is completed without issue. The engineering used by AUTOart’s two hinges worked flawlessly here once again. And to those composite haters, the part does not feel weak or flimsy at rest or during operation. And one would think composite is more accurate to the original car than diecast metal would be, no?
The motor detail is surprisingly better than we thought it would be. Definitely not near Zonda’s of the past but this isn’t a Signature series piece either. And looking back at the CCX and Agera from AUTOart, the latter are executed better in our opinion. There is a good use of layers within the build. Basically, the team applies textures, colours and materials to complete the package.
It isn’t all good news. What we didn’t like was the cross member apparently missing between the hatch supports. Also the lack of detailed carbon fibre wrapping on adjacent and surrounding components. The large intake was once again completed using the moulded method of carbon fibre, whereas the original has a more refined polished look.
Looking at the underside of the rear hatch you can see the inner and the outer cooling crafted as solid pieces. We would have preferred the same attention to detail used in the front rendering. A cost-saving measure for sure.
If you aren’t aware of the Koenigsegg One:1 is shipped with full carbon fibre wheels. Though AUTOart did provide the carbon fibre treatment and a nicely crafted wheel the overall impression is off from the 1:1 design, which are polished. We consider this the weakest link in the overall exterior design.
The tires are quality too; note the script that is now part of the overall finish. A step up from their past efforts. The remaining apparatus which includes the calipers and rotors are quality items too. The complete package does look the part.
We didn’t comment on the shut lines and panel gaps until now. Overall AUTOart does a decent job based on the complexities of the door design. The biggest challenge with our example is getting the doors to sit flush with the body. It required a little more finesse than one would like. Especially for a model near for $400 range. During the video shoot, we gave up trying to get proper alignment with our example.
It should not be a challenge to achieve proper shut lines. Possibly the lighter materials of the composite doors are not helping. We do see the implementation of small magnets within the design; maybe increasing size, location, strength or a combination can aid in better shut lines?
Access to the cabin of the One:1 can be done via the doors or removable roof. The engineering of the doors still puts a smile on our face even today with the cool pullout, turn up function. Both sides of our example worked flawlessly.
The roof is a simple clip in rear magnet hold front. Again operation on or off is quite simple and easy to do. Shut lines and gaps are very good here too.
We’re not sure if there are various options from Koenigsegg offered to customers for interior design. AUTOart’s direction is quite simple. A basic theme of Grey and Red with the added carbon fibre elements makes up the interior. Overall we give it decent marks. And it definitely isn’t on par with the interior from their last Koenigsegg release, the Agera. We found the Agera slightly more refined.
On the plus side, we liked the addition of fabric seat-belts and metal buckles. The definition of the interior dash and centre console are good. The negative would include the dull carbon fibre work on the door cards, lack of textures to seats, steering wheel and rear section of the interior.
There is no doubt AUTOart Koenigsegg One:1 is a great model. Based on exterior design, the given ability to access all areas of the model make it extremely appealing to supercar collectors and the occasional sport car fan. When we factor in the price, overall fit and finish and level of detail compared to competitors it seems like a bargain. But is it? The model interior and motor finishes aren’t on par with their past releases. The question is why? With the move to composite one would expect the same level of execution, especially at this price point, though a good model it doesn’t live up to its predecessors.
So what would it take to get this model from great to excellent? First, more attention to carbon fibre work outside and inside (interior, storage, and motor) and more attention to the interior on the whole – as mentioned we found the previous CCX (slightly) and Agera (more so) more refined. Personally, based on the price tag we believe it should have leaned more towards the excellent side. At $349CND this replica is not cheap and pushing nearly $400 with applicable taxes here in Canada. I hope AUTOart revisits these misses and suggestions in their next production run, it won’t take much to improve on an already great base. Enjoy the pics!