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Koenigsegg Automotive was created in Sweden in 1994 by 22-year-old founder, Christian von Koenigsegg. Young and optimistic, Christian had a dream of building a supercar, despite many in the auto industry claiming the supercar was a thing of the past. He sketched the technical plans for the first Koenigsegg car himself, and then joined forces with a passionate and creative team to hand-model the components. In 1996, the Koenigsegg CC prototype was complete.
Despite the disappointment that followed his Chip Player and Click innovations (learn more about this in the short Christian von Koenigsegg bio), Christian moved forward. Rather than taking a business-only approach, he chose to follow his dream: to fearlessly create a supercar with unrivaled performance, distinctive style, and technologies found nowhere else in the industry.
Koenigsegg was launched in 1994, and Christian went to work creating a rough draft of his dream car’s technical layout. He worked with a small team to not only sketch the layout of the supercar but to also build each of its components — piece by piece — by hand. In 1996, the Koenigsegg CC prototype was born. Although the team was small and resources were scarce, the CC prototype was equipped with a custom-designed suspension, brake system, and more. Nearly two decades later, it still drives like it did when it was first built!
Debuting at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997, the Koenigsegg CC prototype impressed attendees with its removable roof and hand-crafted parts. Thanks to international interest, Christian was able to move forward with his company and in 2002 he began production on the CC8S.
Rather like his cars, Christian’s company moved at a record pace. In 2002, Koenigsegg began series production of the CC8S model, a car that was fully homologated and crash tested for the European market. Amazingly for a startup company, Guinness gave the CC8S the title — the world’s most powerful production car ever, and Jeremy Clarkson — Mr. Top Gear — named the CC8S his favorite supercar in fierce competition. It proved to the world that, indeed, it is possible for a passionate, dedicated young man to rival the older, more established supercar brands.
In 2005, the Koenigsegg CCR became the fastest production car in the world, beating the nine-year-old Guinness World Record set by the McLaren F1. In 2006, the Koenigsegg CCX took the Top Gear lap record with a time that wasn’t beaten for seven years. The Koenigsegg CCXR was the first ‘green’ Hypercar in the world, designed and calibrated to run on E85 and E100 biofuel, as well as normal gasoline. This was truly groundbreaking at the time, as the sportscar industry didn’t focus on the “green” aspect at all.
From design to development to manufacturing, no step in the creation of a Koenigsegg is free from purpose. Performance is the focus of every aspect of a Koenigsegg, be it power, handling, or safety. This dedication to providing uncompromising performance isn’t limited to the design of Koenigsegg vehicles; it extends to raw materials, as well as the operation of the staff, facilities, and equipment.
Aerodynamic efficiency is the goal behind the sculpting of a Koenigsegg. Each model is wind-tunnel tested and undergoes a six-layer paint procedure to ensure the best possible performance in adverse conditions. The streamlined design of a Koenigsegg is unmistakable, but also enhances the powertrain and ride quality.
There’s no denying the power of a Koenigsegg model. However, with great power comes an even greater responsibility. Koenigsegg understands this fully and equips each model with passive and active safety features, so drivers feel confident on the streets and highways, as well as on the track. To provide ultimate protection, each model is subjected to 18 different crash tests during the developmental phase. Built from lightweight materials, Koenigsegg models are easily maneuverable and predictable in the hands of the driver.
Aligning with the company philosophy, every aspect of a Koenigsegg supercar is hand-crafted and scrutinized to ensure the highest of quality standards are met. From carbon fiber to premium leathers, the finest materials are used to create a one-of-a-kind driving experience. What’s more, you can have a hand in the creative process as well, resulting in a car that exceeds your expectations and is truly unique. Koenigsegg vehicles are fierce racing machines, but they’re also works of art in motion.
The Spirit of Performance — it’s the spirit that inhabits every Koenigsegg car. Koenigsegg’s standards are among the highest in the industry, and only through painstaking attention to detail and quality control, is this spirit captured.
Today, the Koenigsegg company is located in Ängelholm, Sweden in the former home of the Swedish Air Force’s Fighter Jet Squadron No. 1. Working with their team of 220 employees, plus consultants, Koenigsegg continues to build cars capable of delivering extreme performance while using the best materials, handcrafted and hand-finished components, and incredible attention to detail.
After a fire occurred at the Koenigsegg factory in Margretetorp in 2003, the company moved to its location in Ängelholm, Sweden. Today, the insignia of the Swedish Air Force’s Fighter Jet Squadron No. 1 decorates the engine bays of new Koenigsegg vehicles as a tribute. There were some perks to choosing the spot of a former military base. The one-mile runaway is ideal for performance-testing new vehicles, and because the runway is nearly 165 feet wide, it can accommodate visiting customers’ private jets.
Buyers can expect to pay a premium price for any Koenigsegg vehicle. However, you’ll get what you pay for — a vehicle that has been built by artisans with an unmatched dedication to quality, performance, and style.
Where do Koenigsegg’s raw materials come from? The company’s facility hand-makes metal and carbon fiber components. Additionally, components are sourced from trusted suppliers and partners located mainly in Sweden.
These suppliers and partners are craftsmen who — like Koenigsegg — value quality over quantity. Manufacturing the components used to build a Koenigsegg is a laborious process to say the least; each car contains over 300 carbon fiber parts, all of which are hand-made, costly, and vigorously inspected for quality.
Over the years, Christian and Koenigsegg Automotive AB have created and patented many new ground-breaking technologies. A few examples of these technologies include the ”rocket” catalytic converter, the supercharger response system, and a variable geometry turbo system. Koenigsegg has also developed many ingenious ways to use carbon fiber that result in a lighter, stronger, and safer vehicle.
As you may have guessed, the Koenigsegg philosophy leaves no room for compromise. The company prefers to meet challenges head-on with innovation and resourcefulness, as opposed to finding quick shortcuts. This is what sets Koenigsegg apart.