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Dated: 15 March 2011

If Speedy Gonzales Was a Roof Box...


Have you ever wanted to use your 1,100bhp hyper car to travel on a camping holiday, but found that storage is an issue? Yeah, we know - it’s a very common problem.

Thankfully someone has finally come along and developed a solution, much to the relief of all you hyper car owning, camping loving, enthusiastic motorists out there!

Sarcasm aside, this is an actual news story.

Koenigsegg, the performance car manufacturer, has recently unveiled a new product – the world’s most sophisticated roof box.

Aptly named “The Thule Lightning”, this new evolution in roof box design is completely composed of carbon fibre and has been designed specifically for use on the Koenigsegg Agera R - a car which leaves the Bugatti Veyron feeling like a three-legged blind tom cat (in theory at least - the claims from Koenigsegg are that the car is able to reach a top speed of 275mph, but this has yet to be tested fully).

To mount the box to the roof of the car, you have actually to remove the roof entirely.

Yes, that’s right. The Thule Lightening replaces the removable roof. This enables the device to experience minimum vibrations when driving.

With the new box boasting storage space of 300 litres (never understood why bag and box capacity is measured in litres), the Koenigsegg will have a total storage space of 420 litres. That equates to more room than the average Volkswagen Golf. Pleanty of room for a tent, some sleeping bags and a gas stove.
In an article on Yahoo’s car section, Koenigsegg founder Christian von Koenigsegg was quoted as saying, "we have for a long time dreamed about making our extreme cars more practical without sacrificing the feel and the performance of the vehicle.

"This opens up entirely new possibilities for the use of our cars. For example, you can pack the usual Koenigsegg roof in the front boot, and pack the box full of clothes, skis and other necessities."

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