Jet lag is the worst. Despite being nearly 1 a.m. when I took my early leave from the rest of the Anastasia Date and Asian Date teams, I was up and wide awake at 0530; hours before we were scheduled to meet up in the lobby to start our day. I decided to take some time to wander around, just as I did in Stockholm. Again, just like Stockholm, the city seemed abandoned, the only sound being that of the various fountains and chirping birds. It turned out that I would need this moment of serenity, as the day would be filled with more chaos.

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The previous day was good to Team AnastasiaDate, but Team AsianDate suffered a major causality. After the fuel problems were sorted, the team suffered another failure. The distributor cap of the car basically exploded and they had the car towed to Oslo. Our incredible team mechanic Steve and our great PR team scrambled to find a new part, and just after midnight the car was running again. Well that is a great way to start off our day in Oslo.

Sleep has been hard to come by this trip, and we have been trying to salvage precious minutes when possible.

With everyone gathered, we piled into the Volvos for yet another day of hard driving as we head to the starting grid. The drive to Copenhagen is another one of the longer ones, with about 7 hours of driving, but it features one of the best checkpoint stops on the schedule. We are going to Ängelholm to visit the Koenigsegg factory.

Thankfully the ride to Ängelholm was an easy one, and both Camaros ran strong. We just enjoyed the scenery and napped. Sleep has been hard to come by this trip, and we have been trying to salvage precious minutes when possible. The arrival at Ängelholm was just as interesting as everywhere else we had been. We didn’t even need to use the navigation system or our directions to find the factory once we left the highway. We just followed the crowds of people. Through the twists and turns you need to take through the local neighborhood to reach the airfield that abuts the factory for Koenigsegg, the throngs of pedestrians with cameras guided the way.

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The factory is a pretty unassuming complex of old hangars and office buildings situated next to an airfield. With the exception of the Koenigsegg sign out front, you would never know that this was where some of the world’s fastest and most expensive cars are created.

The office is very Swedish in its design and layout. There is a large open office space with high-standing desks and matching tall barstools for when you get bored of being on your feet. There are crisp sharp lines on every surface, and while most of it looks a little older in wear, it is all very modern in design.

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Being the ever caring and forward-thinking people the Swedes tend to be, there is also a company recreation room with weights, cardio equipment and a full racing simulation chair and wheel for playing video games. All work and no play makes for unhappy employees, after all. Behind this main office building is the hangar, and this is where the real work happens. We were given a short tour and we learned about how the engines were made, we saw the man who does the hand stitching for the interior, and we even got to handle and play with several carbon-fiber parts to see just how light they are.

In the original plan for the day we were going to be able to go out on the airfield and do drag runs with Koenigsegg cars, but sadly foul weather put the kibosh on that experiment of speed and petrol.

The tour was short, but it was enjoyable. Seeing so many Koenigseggs in one place, and in so many states of construction, was phenomenal. In the original plan for the day we were going to be able to go out on the airfield and do drag runs with Koenigsegg cars, but sadly foul weather put the kibosh on that experiment of speed and petrol. Still, there were plenty of cars to look at, even if we couldn’t drive them.

There was a CCX R parked out front, a standard CCX inside, and then in the back, where there was zero photography allowed, we got eyes on a One:1, Agera R, and several bits and pieces of the upcoming 2016 Regera. Sadly, the Regera was hidden under lock and key. And probably armed guards and lasers and squirrels equipped with RPGs.

The team at Koenigsegg was super friendly and fun, and answered every question, until I spotted the Regera badging. That made them immediately go into recovery mode and I got the full “No Comment” treatment until we moved on to other things. So, sadly, there is no real news scoop here, but I tried.

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Leaving the Koenigsegg factory was a bit of an ordeal, thanks to traffic. It took us almost an hour to make it out to the highway because the number of cars and other people that arrived had become so thick. Finally we hit the highway and moved on to Copenhagen in what would thankfully be another uneventful afternoon. This time when we got to Copenhagen I didn’t head to the hotel, but rather I went to the finish line grid for the first time the whole trip. I rode on the outside of the camera car so that I could get pictures and video of the cars and the crowd. From there I walked home, and began what would be one of the wildest and most exciting evenings of the whole trip.

The walk home was a simple but long affair. It was 1.7 miles from the grid to the hotel, but I was excited to explore the beauty of Copenhagen. The city is old, full of character, and around every corner is even more beautiful scenery. It’s a stunning place to visit. But the walk to the hotel was just the start. We headed to dinner at a tiny restaurant called Ché Fè, where the head chef introduced himself personally to everyone. He was a kindly Italian man who exuded excitement about his restaurant and his food. I had a risotto and lamb skewers, and it was the best thing I had eaten the entire trip.

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From dinner the group decided they wanted to go to the local Gumball party, so I decided to tag along. The party was fun and I got to run into some of the big stars of the Gumball, like Bun B. I left the party a bit early with a fellow journalist and we walked home in the cool night. It was a longer walk from the club than it was from the grid. We got lost and turned around a few times, wandering through the small veins of the city, but eventually we found our way home safely. The same could be not said for every member of our group though. One of the journalists went missing, and nobody had any idea where he was.

We wouldn’t find him until the next day, and things were worse than we could have imagined…

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