Koenignsegg - Everything you need to know
Christian von Koenigsegg always knew what he wanted to be when he grew up. Like all kids, he had a big dream, but he didn't want to be an astronaut, or a rock star, or a pro athlete. He wanted to build cars and drive really fast! He held into that dream and never wavered. As Christian Koenigsegg tells it, his need for speed began at the tender age of five when he saw Flaklypa Grand Prix, a stop-motion animated movie in which a bicycle repairman, build a race car with the help of some animal friends and wins the big race against a world-class Formula One driver. At that moment, Koenigsegg knew that he wanted to start his own car company, but he was five, so that dream had to wait.
Undeterred, he started driving anyway, and just a year later, he took his first go-kart for a spin. To this day, he refers to those initial moments, behind the wheel as the best of his life. By the time he was eight, he had torn apart and rebuilt a motorcycle, and just a few years after that, he had a fleet of rebuilt and roadworthy mopeds for sale. That's right, Koenigsegg became a used moped salesman at 15. For Koenigsegg, the hits just kept on coming. He knew he had to get a lot of money from somewhere to start a car company, and eventually landed on an idea that helped him build what he had always imagined. What helped him make his fortune? Koenigsegg became a frozen chicken tycoon. He created a company in which he did little more than buy things and sell them for a profit. In 1994, with nothing to lose and everything to gain, he created the Koenigsegg car company. So, how does a guy from Sweden, who's new to the competitive market of supercars make himself known as somebody to be reckoned with?
By creating a compact, agile mid-engine car with a removable and stowable hardtop that didn't yet exist. He figured that with the money he had amassed in trading bags and chickens, he could find the right people to help him build his first prototype within a year, a timeline he now admits was more than a little ambitious. He came up with the company's first prototype, the Koenigsegg CC in 1996. But it took another six years to sell the first pre-series production model, the Koenigsegg CC8S, which featured the short overhangs, larger air intakes, and mid-engine design Koenigsegg had drawn up in the early nineties. With the CC8S just two weeks away from showing at the Geneva Motor Show in 2003, a fire engulfed the Koenigsegg factory. But all was not lost. Staffers who were onsite at the time of the blaze managed to save the cars. The fire was a small bump in the road as Koenigsegg rolled onto great success.
Guinness proclaimed the CC8S's 655 horsepower engine made it the world's most powerful production car ever! Koenigsegg proved his fledgling car company was on solid footing against older, more established supercar brands. From 2004 to 2006, the company produced the CCR, which featured an upgraded body design. The CCR's twin supercharged engine topped than of the CC8S, at a whopping 806 horsepower. And it too broke records as it became the fastest production car in the world.
The next model, the CCX made it's debut in 2006 and while it had all the bells and whistles of earlier Koenigseggs, it was a new direction in automotive superiority for the car company. It was in that year that Koenigsegg truly went global, as the CCX was the first model to be sold in the US. Koenigsegg was not only interested in speed, but saving the planet, and continues to release green versions of the models he introduces.
In 2007 he launched the CCXR, the first ever green hyper car in the world. Sure, the CCXR run on gas, but it was also calibrated to run on E85 and E100 biofuel. The CCX and CCXR edition models followed in 2008 and featured clear carbon bodies, 11 spoke wheels, bespoke aerodynamics and specifically tuned suspensions. The CCXR Edition's output remained at 1,004 horsepower, but the CCX's was up to 876 horsepower, and again, Koenigsegg set several new speed records. And a performance benchmark of zero to 300 to zero kilometers an hour, 29.2 seconds. And accelerated from zero to 200 kilometers an hour, in 9.3 seconds.
The CCXR Trevita and the CCXR Special Edition were up next in 2009. The Trevita had an exclusive limited run with just two cars created due to technical problems, but the car had a body made entirely of proprietary material, consisting of diamond-coated carbon fiber. The Trevita and the Special Edition models were very limited runs, as were most of Koenigsegg's earlier models, but they paved the way in design and creation for Koenigsegg's most ambitious model yet.
In 2010 Koenigsegg introduced the supercar that would change the game forever, the Agera. Designed with former models in mind, it added to the tradition of a bigger and better supercar with new features including a wider front track, newer styling, aerodynamics and interiors. It also featured a 5-liter, twin turbo V8 and a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. The Agera was everything Christian imagined his Koenigsegg could be, but being the enterprising genius he is, he knew that he could make something better.
In 2014 Koenigsegg bestowed the One:1 on the world. The most exclusive production car ever imagined in the industry. The One:1 had a power to weight of one to one. That's twice as good as a Bugatti Veyron. It made 1,011 pound feet of torque, and ran on normal gasoline, race fuel or E85. The six production models made were sold out before it even made it's official debut. It paved the way for the next generation of sports car by building on the highest performance standard of any car manufacturer to date.
The Agera continued production until 2017. Going out in a blaze of glory by cementing it's legend on a dusty stretch of closed Nevada highway. Powered by an engine that produced 1,160 horsepower and 944lb-ft of torque, it reached a top verified speed of 277.87mph, making it the fastest production car in the world. So, where does Koenigsegg go from there?
In 2015 he introduced the Regera Hybrid Hyper Car, which utilizes a twin turbocharged V8, three electric motors and gear-less Koenigsegg direct drive. So, it too can reach speeds of over 250mph. The company plans to produce 80 of the cars and even though they have yet to leave the production line, they're already sold out. Christian von Koenigsegg never gave up, he saw what he wanted to do, and he went after it with all he had. He didn't settle for less, he didn't settle for good enough, he wanted his cars to be better than the establishment in every way.