Koenigsegg Automotive AB, Sweden

Koenigsegg Automotive AB, Sweden

Koenigsegg Automotive AB

 

Established
1994
Founder
Christian von Koenigsegg

Headquarters
Angelholm, Scania, Sweden

 

Koenigsegg Automotive AB is a Swedish manufacturer of high-performance sports cars, based in angelholm, Skane County, Sweden. The company was founded in 1994 in Sweden by Christian von Koenigsegg, with the intention of producing a "world-class" supercar. Many years of development and testing led to the CC8S, the company's first street-legal production car, delivered in 2002. In 2006 Koenigsegg began production of the CCX, which uses an engine created in-house especially for that vehicle. The CCX is street-legal in most countries, including the United States. In March 2009 the Koenigsegg CCXR was listed by Forbes as one of "the world's most beautiful cars". In December 2010 the Koenigsegg Agera won the BBC Top Gear Hypercar of the Year Award. Apart from developing, manufacturing and selling the Koenigsegg line of supercars, Koenigsegg is also involved in
"green technology" development programmes beginning with the CCXR ("Flower Power") flex-fuel supercar and continuing through the present with the Agera R. Koenigsegg is also active in development programs of plug-in electric cars' systems and next-generation reciprocating engine technologies. Koenigsegg also is working on a camless piston engine for the Regera.

 

History

A Koenigsegg CC prototype was first publicised in 1996, while the full carbon fibre production prototype sporting white paintwork was finally unveiled at the 2000 Paris Motor Show. The first customer took delivery of a red CC8S in 2002 at the Geneva Auto Show and four more cars were built that year. Koenigsegg was established in Asia later that year with a premiere at the Seoul Auto Show. In 2004, the new CCR, which was basically a high performance variant of the CC8S, was unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show only 14 were produced.

In 2006, Koenigsegg introduced the CCX, a new model, that was created in order to meet worldwide regulations for road use. This meant the car had to go through extensive development in order to meet the latest and most stringent safety and emission standards that the world's authorities demanded Koenigsegg had to, for example, develop their own engines and other related technologies. Furthermore, Koenigsegg is the only low-volume sports car manufacturer to pass the new European pedestrian impact tests. Just after Koenigsegg passed this test, the requirement was deemed too complicated for compliance by low-volume manufacturers, so it is now unnecessary to meet these regulations if the production volume of a given model is less than 10,000 cars annually.

 

1996:

It was nearly two years in the making but the Koenigsegg concept vehicle – ‘CC’ – was finally driven in public for the first time by Rickard Rydell at an event at Anderstorp race track in 1996. Other renowned race-car drivers to test the prototype included Picko Troberg and Calle Rosenblad. All were amazed by the Koenigsegg’s outstanding performance. The concept worked. It was time to introduce Koenigsegg to prospective buyers. The Koenigsegg CC prototype was inspired by the McLaren F1 and the Ferrari F40. The car was initially painted silver was then painted
black when the new dihedral helix synchro actuation doors were fitted to the car and then was painted in its current colour.

 

2002:

The Koenigsegg CC8S is a mid-engined sports car produced by the Swedish automaker Koenigsegg. It was the company's first production car and the first production car to use dihedral-synchro helix actuation doors, a feature that has become a trademark of the brand. At its introduction, it won several awards, including the Guinness World Record for the Most Powerful Production Engine and design awards from both Red Dot in Germany and Utmärkt Svensk Form in Sweden.

 

2004:

The Koenigsegg CCR is a mid-engined sports car manufactured by Koenigsegg and the successor to the company's previous offering, the CC8S. The Koenigsegg CCR was an evolution of the CC8S, produced between 2004 and 2006. 14 examples were built. The CCR featured an upgraded body design with a larger front splitter, a rear wing, larger brakes, larger wheels and tires plus an upgraded chassis and suspension setup. The CCR also had a more powerful, twin-supercharged engine, producing an astonishing 806 hp. Debuting at the March 2004 Geneva Auto Show, the
 CCR was the most powerful version of the Koenigsegg CC range cars at the time. The CC8S it features dihedral synchro-helix actuation doors. It has, however, various improvements. A larger front splitter for optimized downforce and tweaked headlight arrangement came standard with a rear wing.

 

2006:

The Koenigsegg CCX is a mid-engined sports car manufactured by Swedish automotive manufacturer Koenigsegg Automotive AB. The project began with the aim of making a global car, designed and engineered to comply with global safety and environment regulations, particularly to enter the United States car market. To sell cars in the US many alterations were made to the design of the CCR; the previously used Ford Modular engine was replaced by an
in-house developed Koenigsegg engine designed to run on 91 octane fuel, readily available in the United States, and to meet the Californian emission standards.

 

2007:

The CCXR Edition was only produced in four examples and featured a number of unique specifications including its 4.8 liter flexfuel engine, 11 spoke wheels, a unique rear wing, unique side winglets, etc. These features, in combination with the suberb fit and finish of the Koenigsegg all visible carbon body and chassis construction, truly made the CCXR Edition an unrivalled work of automotive art. The world’s first ‘green’ supercar was launched in 2007
with the worldwide debut of the Koenigsegg CCXR. The CCXR took Koenigsegg’s potent twin-supercharged V8 to a whole new level thanks to a flex-fuel sensor and hardware allowing the car to run on either regular gasoline, E85 (85% ethanol) or any mix in between. The higher octane rating of E85 fuel lifted the total output of the CCXR to 1,018hp, a record at the time.

The CCXR also debuted Koenigsegg’s new Chrono instrument cluster, providing advanced safety and aesthetics. One CCXR model was specially built to allow it to run on E100 fuel. In 1997 the company needed larger facilities and moved to a farm, just outside Angelholm. On 22 February 2003, one of the production facilities caught fire and was badly damaged. Koenigsegg then acquired an abandoned air field to use as his new factory building and in late 2003, one of the two large fighter-jet hangars and an office building were converted into a car factory. Since then, the company is located near the still-active Angelholm airport, clients can arrive by private jet nearby.

 

2010:

The Koenigsegg Agera, unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2010, was Koenigsegg taking action – moving the brand forward into bold, new territory. The Agera featured a new interior highlighted by Koenigsegg’s new ‘ghost’ lighting system. It had Koenigsegg’s new VGR wheels, designed like turbines to extract heat from the car’s brakes. It also marked the change from twin-supercharging to twin-turbocharging. Koenigsegg completely redesigned its exhaust system to virtually eliminate turbo-lag, opening up a world of power-potential while still retaining a light, compact engine package.

 

2015:

Koenigsegg used the Geneva Motor Show in March 2015 to show the new Koenigsegg Agera RS. The Agera RS took everything that Koenigsegg learned in the development of the extreme One:1 and dialled it back just a notch to make a more comfortable version of Koenigsegg’s extreme road and track monster. The Agera RS features Koenigsegg’s highest ever output running only on regular 95-octane gasoline  1160hp.It is also a technology powerhouse with advanced aerodynamics, stability management, software updates and active suspension settings stored in the Koenigsegg cloud. All of this is developed and managed in-house at Koenigsegg.

 

Factory history:

Christian von Koenigsegg got the idea to build his own car after watching the Norwegian stop-motion animated movie Pinchcliffe Grand Prix in his youth. He took his first steps in the world of business in his early 20s running a trading company called Alpraaz in Stockholm, Sweden. Alpraaz exported food from Europe to the developing world. The success of this venture gave von Koenigsegg the necessary financial standing to launch his chosen career as a car manufacturer. Initially, Koenigsegg Automotive was based in Olofstrom.

In 1997 the company needed larger facilities and moved to a farm, just outside Angelholm. On 22 February 2003, one of the production facilities caught fire and was badly damaged. Koenigsegg then acquired an abandoned air field to use as his new factory building and in late 2003, one of the two large fighter-jet hangars and an office building were converted into a car factory. Since then, the company is located near the still-active Angelholm airport, clients can arrive by private jet nearby.

 


 

 

 

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