- 27 July 2016
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
Koenigsegg Automotive AB
Koenigsegg, officially known as Koenigsegg Automotive AB, is an automobile company that specializes in the manufacturer of high-performance sports cars. The company is based out of Sweden and was founded in 1994. Their first street legal model car did not hit the market until 2002. The sports cars produced by Koenigsegg are known as hyper-cars.
Though the history of Koenigsegg is relatively short, there can be no denying that it is nonetheless incredibly interesting. Founded by Christian von Koenigsegg in 1994, it took the company several years to produce their first street legal vehicle.
Christian von Koenigsegg started his new company on an idea. He had drawn an initial design for a sports car and then took this sketch to the well known industrial designer David Crafoord to have them turned into a 1:5 scale model. While working on the scale model, Crafoord added a few special design touches of his own.
The first Koenigsegg prototype car was completed in 1996. The car was based off of the design that Koenigsegg and Crafoord worked together to create. The next several years were spent put putting the prototype through extensive testing. During this time, a number of new prototypes were built. Koenigsegg funded much of his new car company himself. He had achieved success and wealth as a young man exporting food by exporting food from Europe to the developing world..
The first Koenigsegg car unveiled to the public was the CC carbon fiber production prototype. The vehicle was introduced at the 2000 Paris Motor Show. It took a few more years for the company to work out the wrinkles in the car design. The first Koenigsegg CC was delivered to the company’s first customer in 2002. The car was known as the CC8S. The first model sold was painted red.
Koenigsegg continued to reduce new models of sports cars over the years that followed. Each model was released in an extremely limited number. For instance, only 14 of the company’s next model of car, the CCR, were ever manufactured.
In 2009, Koenigsegg Automotive AB signed a letter of intent with General Motors to take over the SAAB brand. Though an agreement was made, the deal fell through later that year and the company never bought the SAAB brand.
Koenigsegg continues to produce high-performance sports cars to this day. They currently have two models on the market with several other concept and prototype cars in the works.
The current flagship model for Koenigsegg is their Agera mid-engine sports car. The Agera is available in two main versions, the Agera R and the Agera S. A highly limited special edition, the Agera One:1, was also produced. However, only seven units of the One:1 were ever made and all of them have already been bought.
The Koenigsegg Agera is the successor to the highly successful Koenigsegg CCX/CCXR. It has been produced by the company since 2011. The name comes from the Swedish verb that means “to take action.” The Agera has won numerous awards since it was released.
The Agera derives its power from a 5.0-Liter Twin-Turbocharged V8 engine. The engine produces 940 horsepower. At the same time, however, the weight of the engine is an astonishingly light 434 pounds thanks to a carbon fiber and aluminum construction. The engine is fixed to a 7-speed dual clutch with padded shifters. The Agera has a 0 to 60 miles per hour time of 3 seconds and can reach 125 miles per hour in 9 seconds. The car’s top speed is above 260 miles per hour.
Every inch of the Agera has been gone over with a fine tooth comb by Koenigsegg engineers. The car’s body is made from carbon fiber and Kevlar with lightweight reinforcements. The chassis is also constructed from carbon fiber and incorporates aluminum honeycomb and an integrated fuel tank. Drivers can electronically adjust the car’s rear wing on the fly. Other special features include traction control, LED lighting, “ghost lighting,” and blue hood stripes.
The Koenigsegg Agera R was the first new edition of the brand’s flagship model made available. It is simply a redesigned version of the Agera with even more performance tucked away inside of it. It’s top speed is even higher than that of the original Agera with an estimated maximum of 273 miles per hour.
The Koenigsegg Agera S was the second upgrade to the Agera model. It has even more upgrades than the Agera R. It is optimized to run on low octane gas so it produces slightly less power than its cousins.
Finally, the Koenigsegg One:1 is the most limited edition of the flagship Agera. In fact, only seven of the cars were ever built (all have been sold). The One:1 was released in 2014 and has been dubbed the world’s first “megacar.” Though the car is street legal, much more emphasis went into designing the One:1 as a track car than other Koenigsegg models.