What Can Koenigsegg Accomplish With The Man Behind The Bugatti Chiron?
When Christian von Koenigsegg founded the company in 1994, the aim was crystal-clear: develop world-class sports cars. But since then, that creed expanded to include supercars and hypercars. Today, Koenigsegg is one of the most respected and sought-after brands in the business, managing to keep an exclusivity aura that’s only equaled by the likes of Bugatti and Pagani. Which makes signing a designer that had plenty of input in the concocting of the Chiron a natural move. Certainly not eyebrow-raising. Sasha Selipanov was also part of the design team the penned the Lamborghini Huracán and during his short stint at Genesis, where he worked under Luc Donckerwolke. We’ll get back further down the road, as we have a look at what kind of a contribution can Mr. Selipanov make to Koenigsegg’s design language.
Koenigsegg Is All Out Of Regera Supercars
In case you’re in the final stages of formalizing a payment plan to pay for the $1.9 million Koenigsegg Regera supercar, you might need to call a halt to the proceedings. Your luck just ran out. See, Koenigsegg only produced 80 examples of the Regera, and all are now accounted for. Word of the “disappointing” development comes straight from Koenigsegg, with a post on the company blog. The car Koenigsegg describes as a “tour de force of technology” is officially sold out.
It’s an impressive achievement to sell $152 million worth of Regeras in such a short amount of time. Remember, the 1,500-horsepower supercar was introduced just 15 months ago at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Considering its price and outright exclusivity, it’s amazing to think that all 80 units now have buyers. There is some good news, though, if you’re still in denial about missing out on the cars. Koenigsegg didn’t identify those who scored one, but it did indicate the possibility of finding any of the 80 Regeras in local dealerships. That could mean that an unspecified number of these supercars were bought to be resold. You’ll definitely have to pay a bigger premium for these cars than you intended, but hey, that’s the price you have to pay for waiting longer than you should have to get yours.
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Now’s Your Chance To Work For Koenigsegg!
Is your current job taking a toll on you? Are you in-between jobs? Do you need a challenge in your life? If your answers to these questions are “yes,” “yes,” and “yes,” then you might be interested in packing your bags and going to Sweden, because Koenigsegg is opening 40 new positions in pretty much all areas within the company.
According to its blog, the supercar brand is specifically looking for “passionate car people” who have a history “getting their hands dirty” building their own project cars, restoring classics, or fabricating and installing a new car interior. There’s a whole gamut of positions available, including a few assemblers, service technicians, detailers, purchasers, prototype technicians, and an electrical harness CAD engineer. If you know how to speak Swede, that’s an advantage so says Koenigsegg even if it’s not completely mandatory. All you need from a language perspective is to be able to talk fluidly in English, or at least be at a level where you can communicate with your potential co-workers. The automakers are currently taking applications, so if you feel that any of these job opportunities suit your skills and talents, it might not be the worst idea to hop on over to Koenigsegg’s official website and submit your application. Who knows, you might end up getting that call (or email) and find yourself going to Sweden to work for one of the world’s most esteemed supercar brands.
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10 months after making its debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the Koenigsegg Agera RS has officially sold out, making it the fastest selling model in the company’s history. Yep, all 25 units of the Agera RS are already spoken for with deposits being made on all 25 cars.
Koenigsegg founder Christian von Koenigsegg made the announcement, commenting on the “instant classic” status of the Agera RS, and referring to the megacar as a “pinnacle project that has been wholly embraced by our customers and friends.” It’s hard not to argue with von Koenigsegg’s assessment here. The Agera RS, after all, is considered as the evolution of two previous Koenigsegg models - the Agera R and Agera S - and also includes applications that the company learned from developing the Koenigsegg One:1.
So in a lot of ways, the Agera RS is the product of years worth of experience building supercars, drawn up and developed by adhering to the principles that paved to way for its predecessors. No wonder all 25 units sold out as fast as they did.
On the technical side, the Agera RS is as fast and as powerful as any supercar in existence today. On top of all the technological wizardry and all its state-of-the-art features, the Agera RS is powered by a 5.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine that can produce a conservative 1,160 horsepower on 95 octane fuel. That number is conservative because, according to Koenigsegg, the car can reach higher power levels when it’s running on E85 flex fuel.
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The United States of America has never been a key market for Koenigsegg, thanks in part to stringent homologation requirements that are as complicated as they are expensive. But now, the Swedish automaker is finally ready to take the first step in becoming a player in the U.S. market, and it’s doing it in grand style. According to a post on its official website, Koenigsegg will officially begin production of the first fully homologated and road-legal Agera RS for the U.S. market.
The car, specifically identified as chassis #128, is being built for a U.S.-based customer. To make the whole building process more special, Koenigsegg will spend the entire duration of the car’s production documenting the entire build from start to finish. Considering how every Koenigsegg car is hand-made in its factory in Ängelholm, Sweden, the documentation of this build is going to take at least six months. The company didn’t say how much of the process will be shown to the public, but rest assured, it’s going to be the closest we’ll ever get to seeing how one of the world’s fastest and most powerful cars in the world is manufactured from the ground-up.
In the long term, the company appears to be optimistic that it can build a stronger presence in the U.S. market. It’s still subject to a lot of wheeling and dealing to get the cars up to homologation standards in the market, but if the automaker is as serious about finally going to the U.S. as it’s saying it is, then we can be optimistic to see Koenigsegg begin terrorizing the roads in America.
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Despite habitually building cars that produce well over 1,300 horsepower and can theoretically smash past 250 mph with the ease of a Saturn 5 rocket, Koenigsegg CEO Christian von Koenigsegg says top speed isn’t necessarily a priority for the company. He recently explained that customers are far more interested in excitement, drivability and overall performance. Yes, Koenigseggs are brutally fast in a straight line, but von Koenigsegg wants his company to be known for more than largely irrelevant top-speed figures.
“We would like to do such a test, but I have to say it’s not a super-high priority for us,” explained von Koenigsegg in a recent AMA on the company’s website. “It’s nice to be able to say you’ve got the fastest driven road car in the world and we believe that the One:1 could take the current record but for us, it’s a matter of priorities.”
He went on to elaborate on the challenges and logistics of top speed runs. Hypercars like the 2015 Koenigsegg One:1 are now so fast that it’s become a real challenge to find a strip of tarmac long enough to accommodate such a run. Von Koenigsegg estimates that a closed straight at least 10 kilometers long would be needed.
“VW’s Ehra-Lessien test track would be ideal, but they are not likely to allow a Bugatti competitor to use it,” said von Koenigsegg. “So far we have not found any airfield in the world long enough, the longest we found was around 5 km and this is about half the distance needed.”
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Ain’t the Internet grand? Not only does it allow you to go shopping in your underwear, it also lets like-minded individuals come together and geek out over virtually anything. Such is the case with car nerds like you and me, and now hypercar-baron Christian Von Koenigsegg wants you to ask him something. Anything.
Fans, gearheads, or just confused old people trying to log into their email can post questions for Mr. Koenigsegg on the company’s website here (sorry Grandma, I don’t remember your Hotmail password either). The “best” dozen or so will be picked and answered, based on public interest, the number of times a question is asked, and whether or not the topic can be discussed (barred subjects include undisclosed specifics on future models, which star Mr. Koenigsegg’s home planet revolves around, etc.).
“This whole weblog effort is focused on building a deeper connection with our customers and our fans,” the company says. “We want to bring you inside Koenigsegg as much as possible.”
I have two questions to ask:
First, Mr. Koenigsegg, do you see series hybrid technology as a necessity for the future of hypercars, and if so, on what kind of timescale? And second, do you shave your head to improve your own power-to-weight ratio, or is it more for aerodynamics?
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As Koenigsegg continues its quest to frame the ludicrous 2015 Koenigsegg One:1 megacar as the fastest production vehicle in the world (hey Nurburgring, you guys still got speed limits on your racetrack?), the Swedish manufacturer has announced a partnership with Castrol as its exclusive provider of performance lubricants.
Considering the excruciating attention to detail that went into creating the 1,360-horsepower, 1,360-kg One:1, Castrol must have done something right to stand out from the rest.
“We accept no compromises when we design a new car at Koenigsegg,” said Christian Von Koenigsegg, CEO and founder of the famed automaker. “We demand an engine oil that is developed with the same extreme performance in mind.”
That extreme performance included extensive testing during the development of the One:1. Castrol Edge oil with its Titanium FST technology is used to keep the One:1’s ridiculously overpowered twin-turbo V-8 rocking at a megawatt of power, helping to enable the car to go from 0-300-0 km/h (0-186-0 mph) in just 17.95 seconds.
To back the announcement, Koenigsegg released a three-and-a-quarter minute video (featured above) that was shot recently at the Millbrook Proving Ground in the United Kingdom. Included is a bit of shop talk from Mr. Von Koenigsegg and some footage of his creations parked and looking awesome. There’s even a bit of sliding and acceleration to enjoy as well.
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Supercar manufacturer Koenigsegg is planning to increase its dealer presence in North America. According to Auto Guide, quoting Koenigsegg’s North American sales director, Jens Sverdrup, the Swedish brand wants to have five authorized retailers in North America by the end of 2015. Koenigsegg opened its first store in New York City in 2014, and three more dealers have been chosen so far.
The company recently announced that Lake Forrest Sports Cars of Chicago will become its second retailer, while Lamborghini Calgary, who will be selling Koenigsegg cars in the Canadian market, will become the third dealer to sell the company’s exotics in North America. The Swedes also added Weissach Performance, which sells Porsches, Lamborghinis, Lotuses and Bugattis in Vancouver, as its second Canadian dealer.
Sverdrup didn’t say where the next dealership will be, but did mention that it will be located in a "strategic area." Since Koenigsegg has yet to open a dealership in the South, it’s probably safe to assume it will be looking for a partner somewhere in that area.
Koenigsegg is currently building three models, the Agera S, Agera R, and the One:1, which is limited to only six units, all of which have already been sold. At the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, Koenigsegg introduced two new models, the Agera RS and the Regera, a 1,489-horsepower hybrid.
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Since being founded in 1994, Swedish hypercar manufacturer Koenigsegg has only built 115 cars, so you’d be forgiven for not realizing they were never officially sold in North America. According to Car and Driver, that’s all set to change in 2015 when Koenigsegg will be officially launching in the United States and Canada.
Its numbers have probably earned a permanent place in your memory banks, but Koenigsegg’s latest and greatest is the One:1. and It comes with 1,340 horsepower and has a dry weight of 1,340 kg (around 2950 pounds). In other words, horsepower per kilogram. Top speed is estimated to be around 248 mph and 0 to 60 is dispatched in 2.8 seconds.
So, why does all this matter? Because Manhattan Motorcars in New York City has been tipped to sell the one and only One:1 that is officially slated to be exported to North America. That’s more than a little ironic, since Manhattan has to be on some list of worst places in the world to drive a car with 1,340 horsepower, that’s nearly seven feet wide and sits just about three inches off the ground. It also won’t be fully road legal. The owner will only be allowed to drive the car on the road under “show and display” conditions, but that sounds like a provision with plenty of loopholes.
In addition to the New York dealership, Car and Driver says there will be three more opening in the U.S. and Canada, which will sell the more plebian Koenigsegg Agera (it makes do with just 1,140 horsepower) and a new Koenigsegg to be announced last year. Federalizing a car is no small deal for a boutique manufacturer. North America-bound Koenigseggs will include smart airbags, which is a component that more established small manufacturers like Lotus and Aston Martin have had trouble with.
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Koenigsegg is developing a tweaked version of the Agera R in preparation for a record run at the Nurburgring. That and a host of other topics were discussed when French auto site L’Automobile Sportive spent a day with founder Christian von Koenigsegg and regional director and head of sales Jens Sverdrup at the Koenigsegg headquarters in Ängelholm, Sweden.
Koenigsegg’s statement immediately set off the alarm in our heads. Could it be aiming to unseat Radical, specifically the SR8LM and its record lap time of 6:48 around the Green Hell? Is this “tweaked” Agera R an actual production model that Koenigsegg plans to sell in the future? Unfortunately, von Koenigsegg didn’t disclose specific details of its planned run at the Nubrugring record, although he did add that once the Agera R accomplishes what it sets out to do, the company is turning its attention to its one-megawatt hypercar, the One:1, and giving it a list of records to chase after.
Speaking of the One:1, the conversation with L’Automobile Sportive also unearthed some details of Koenigsegg’s business methods not a lot of people are aware of. The company’s disposition to develop car components in-house was was a nice talking point because doing so allows Koenigsegg to fit the technology it creates specifically for their cars.
Sverdup points to Koenigsegg’s double-clutch gearbox as proof. The gearbox is the only one of its kind that has “one single shaft," and at just 81 kg (178.6 pounds), it’s also the lightest gearbox used in supercars today and is the same one used for all of the brand’s Agera models.
This gearbox is a testament to the success Koenigsegg has had in developing its own technology. This aggressive approach allows the company to trademark its inventions and sell them to other manufacturers, something Christian von Koenigsegg admitted was a part of its “financial resources”.
But not all components are built in-house. Some, like the V-8 engines, have to be built somewhere else because Koenigsegg doesn’t have the resources to do it on its own. In the case of the engine, the company told L’Automobile Sportive that it doesn’t have a foundry that produces metal castings so that part of the engine build is sent to a company in the UK where the block is casted to Koenigsegg’s specifications.
The turbochargers are another out-sourced technology, which von Koenigsegg said are built by Indiana-based aftermarket company Precision Turbo & Engine.
Finally, von Koenigsegg admitted that the company has had internal discussions on the possibility of building lower-priced cars. No significant progress has been made from these talks, but the door is open, even if it’s just slightly ajar.
In this instance, it’s probably best that we keep our fingers crossed and hope that door flies open soon and we see “more affordable” Koenigsegg supercars in dealerships.
I have come to know and love Tesla, though I try to keep our love affair under wraps for the most part. It’s not fair for myself — a journalist — to attest my love for a brand, but in this case, I feel I am in good enough company to let that little tidbit of information out.
The reason I feel so comfortable doing so is that Christian von Koenigsegg — yeah, the dude who some of the most bad-ass supercars in the world are named after — wears his love for the electric car manufacturer on his shoulder. Yup, he actually drives a Tesla Model S every day. Let that sink in for a second; the guy could drive any one of his hypercars to work, but he prefers his Model S.
He went on to say that he feels that about 80 percent of the cars sold by the year 2020 will be electric.
An added twist to this story is that when Koenigsegg was in the market to snatch up the now-defunct Saab, its intentions were to manufacture and sell all-electric cars. This may have led to Mr Koenigsegg singing a different tune had that gone through.
No matter what way you slice it, it is pretty cool to have him give Tesla the ol’ hat tip.
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To your average car buyer, Koenigsegg may be nothing but gibberish, but to a car buff, it is one of the baddest car manufacturers on the planet. Founded in 1994 and having produced limited numbers of each of its production models – CC8S, CCR, CCX, CCXR, Trevita, Agera and Agera R – it has quickly become a unicorn in the hypercar realm. Unfortunately, the unquestioned leader of the hypercar realm, to date, has been Bugatti and its record-setting Veyron.
Well, Car and Driver Abroad got an invite to Sweden to come drive the Agera R around the Swedish automaker’s track in an attempt to prove that the Agera R is a different animal than the Bugatti Veyron. With this comes a fantastic video of Car and Driver whipping the Agera R around a windy track and really testing how well this hypercar can handle...and it performed admirably.
The in-car camera gives you a good listen to all of the cabin noise that is 5.0-liter, turbocharged V-8 engine creates, and there’s plenty. This is thanks to the 1,140-horsepower, V-8 engine being bolted directly to the chassis, allowing all of the vibration and ruckus to make its way into the cabin. Some people may find that obnoxious, but this is the type of car that is meant to be heard. That’s simply part of its charm. If you don’t like it, don’t buy a hypercar…
What Koenigsegg and Car and Driver really proved here is that the Agera R is no competition to the Veyron… Not because it’s not as fast or not as much fun as the Veyron, but because it is a completely different car. Sure, the Veyron will rip off your face, if you really want it to, but it is also refined and somewhat timid. The Agera R is sheer adrenaline and muscle all packed into a svelte 3,250-pound body with a chassis built to drive circles around the Veyron.
What an impressive car and what a very telling video.
Ever wonder where all that money you pay for gas goes? Well, $5,000,000,000 of it has been accounted for and, no, it hasn’t gone to making the world a better place. It’s gone to one man’s collection of 7,000 high performance cars. That’s not a typo, that’s nine zeros. Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan of Brunei is the proud collector of what is undeniably the world’s most unique and gargantuan car collection. Where do you keep 7000 of the world’s rarest cars? Well, he doesn’t have a 7000 door garage, instead he stores most of them in five ultra-secret aircraft hangars, featuring a team of specialists from different car manufacturers to keep the cars happy. By now you’re probably wondering what is in his lavish collection and, well, the statistics are quite staggering. According to the Daily Mirror, as of June 30th 2010, The wealthy sultan is a proud owner of 604 Rolls Royces, 574 Mercedes-Benzes, 452Ferraris, 382 Bentleys, 209 BMWs, 179 Jaguars, 134 Koenigseggs, 21 Lamborghinis, 11 Aston Martins, and 1 SSC.
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Like a shot to the gut from a drunken bud, Koenigsegg’s decision to back out of the Saab sale all caught us off-guard, especially after it looked like the sale was all but a formality.
Then, just like that, the whole deal collapsed.
Now that Saab is back on the market, a lot of folks thought that with no apparent buyer in mind, the future of Saab looked bleaker than most people initially thought.
As it turns out, the Swedish brand may have a few more lifelines up its sleeve. According to Autocar, two investors have come out of the woodwork to express their interest in buying the beleaguered Swedish car brand.
One of these is China’s Beijing Automotive, which, incidentally, is a minority shareholder of Koenigsegg. The other interested buyer is a Wyoming-based merchant bank called Merbanco. If you’ve been following this soap opera for months, you’d know that these two companies were originally part of the bidding wars for Saab, which Koenigsegg won.
Now that it’s dropped out of the picture, Merbanco and the BAIC have stepped up efforts in purchasing Saab, potentially saving it from the chopping block.
Hold on to your nooses, gentlemen. Saab may not be dead after all.
We haven’t reported anything lately on the Saab-Koenigsegg merger, thinking that the deal would be made sooner or later. But now, reports have been pouring that Koenigsegg has done a complete about-face and has decided that it would not be purchasing Saab anymore.
In a statement it made moments after announcing its decision to drop talks with GM (Saab’s parent company), Christian von Koenigsegg said, "We regret that after six months of intense and goal-oriented work we have come to the painful and difficult conclusion that we are not going to be able to carry out the acquisition of Saab Automobile”.
As you can expect, GM took the news rather hardly with a great deal of disappointed. While no tears were shed, GM President and CEO Fritz Henderson didn’t exactly mince his words in explaining the failed Saab transaction. “We’re obviously very disappointed with the decision to pull out of the Saab purchase,” he said. "Given the sudden change in direction, we will take the next several days to assess the situation and will advise on the next steps next week."
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After months of negotiations – including an almost deal-breaking episode – General Motors and Koenigsegg have finally reached an agreement over the transfer of the much-maligned Saab brand from the American auto giant to the Swedish supercar makers. GM confirmed that it had reached a stock purchase agreement, transferring Saab to its compatriot, Koenigsegg. While this is the latest significant step undertaken by both parties, the completion of the deal is still subject to a number of issues, not the least of which is how Koenigegg will go about financing this deal.
While the agreement certainly clears up a few potential stumbling blocks, Joran Hagglund, the Swedish government’s main liaison to the auto industry, remains cautious saying that, "The most decisive factor" is whether Koenigsegg can raise additional capital required.” One of the last remaining hurdles before the completion of this sale is finalized is Saab’s loan request, which is estimated at around 500 million Euros, and whether the Swedish government can commit to granting this loan without making any intention of providing state support to the beleaguered auto brand.
In any event, the final decision on whether Saab gets the loan will be handed out when the EIB reconvenes on September 22. In the mean time, the agreement of transfer between GM and Koenigsegg marks as the biggest step undertaken by both brands in completing this deal as soon as possible.
After a few tense days, the air has finally been cleared and Koenigsegg’s impending purchase of Saab is once again on the table.
The confusion started when one of the owners of Koenigsegg – Mark Bishop – unexpectedly decided to sell his shares in the company, which was estimated to be around 22%. The immediate ramifications of his decision caused a firestorm of controversy surrounding Koenigsegg’s intended purchase of Saab and whether or not it would still push through.
Fortunately, an unnamed investor immediately gobbled up Bishop’s shares and as a result, the negotiations to purchase Saab are back on.
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It’s been a few months since we last reported on Koenigsegg’s purchase on Saab, thinking that it was a done deal at that point. Apparently, the sale recently hit a pretty stiff wall when reports coming from Sweden said that one key investor may have gotten wet feet regarding the impending purchase.
We don’t know who this key investor is, but apparently, this news is more than just trivial hearsay. Sweden’s state secretary for the country’s industry ministry, Joran Hagglund, said that his office is vehemently contacting Koenigsegg in an effort to get more information regarding the matter.
The situation has escalated to such a degree that all the parties involved, including Koenigsegg, Saab, and the Swedish government, have brought in their best PR people to douse the flames of what could become a monumental collapse of a deal that seemed to be in-the-books only a few months ago.
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