Koenigsegg manufactures exclusive super sportscars for a select elite of enthusiasts. Spaceage materials and uncompromizing quality both in finish and function make these cars among the very best in the automotive history. They reach higher top speeds and are more powerful than any other series-produced car today.
Two models are currently in production; the CC8S, and the magnificent 806 hp CCR, which now holds the Guinness World Record for the most powerful streetcar. Both Koenigsegg models are built to excel on the road or racetrack, yet are still highly comfortable for long distance travelling.
Machined For Speed
Koenigsegg's design seeks to give an interpretation of strength and flowing motion. The body of a Koenigsegg is formed for one ultimate purpose; speed. Its beauty is the beauty of speed itself. The surfaces are shaped to perfectly aerodynamic, an appearance that does not deceive. All aspects of this machine serve its one fundamental objective.
Both the body and chassis of a Koenigsegg are made of extremely lightweight carbon fibre composite, reinforced wîth Kevlar and aluminium honeycomb. Its race-bred suspension system brings the driver in control of all movement, even under the toughest racing conditions.
A Machine For Safe Driving
Koenigsegg creates each car specifically for each costumer. They are individual pieces of art. Leather contrasted wîth futuristic controls and refined surfaces encloses the occupants. It is an environment for adventure. The Koenigsegg hardtop is stored under the front bonnet during roofless driving. And crash-tests have verified that at least in terms of safety, a Koenigsegg is a truly Swedish car.
The first impression of the Koenigsegg CC is its dynamic stance and futuristic, aggressive attitude. It appears amazingly low and broad, wîth the cockpit-like semicircular windscreen and organically shaped rear hood as key features. The smooth and polished body is gently curved, almost simplistic; a fully integrated design. Lines and surfaces appear thoroughbred and slippery, projecting an image of velocity onto the machine. This design shouts in a clear and universal language: 'I travel at extreme speeds!'
The shape of the body was envisioned to be timeless and original, unrestricted by current fashion or a sellout to retro copying. The design crew at Koenigsegg has held on to those first sketches, pinpointing the essential elements that signal the Koenigsegg look. From the front bumper's shark-like mouth and nostrils, twin lines run up and around the cockpit, accentuating the eccentric windscreen. Its curved shape is pursued by the roof and sky-light, making the cockpit appear as if bent by immense power and motion.
The rear hood is one huge piece of carbonfibre, modelled to incorporate both the avant-garde bridge-like air intake below the rear window and an integrated wing. The highlights on its curved surface act to bind the rear end and cockpit together, defining the muscular shapes around the wheels and rear lights.
Since the hoods and roof cover the entire car, they expose the whole chassis when lifted, allowing for easy inspection and maintenance. The bold concave cavities in the sides effectively lead air into the intercooler and oil cooler. Koenigsegg's design philosophy is clearly dynamic and organic; one could say ichthyomorphic, as opposed to some popular static and geometric design-schools of today. This is also the key to the unrivalled aerodynamics of the vehicles. The Koenigsegg look stands out and makes a statement, which has awarded Koenigsegg several prestigious design prizes, e.g. the German Red Dot award and a prize for excellent Swedish design.
The Koenigsegg CC interior seems merged wîth the exterior; the dynamic flow of lines and surfaces continue into the cabin and naturally bind them together. The layout is strictly symmetrical, wîth its elements mirrored on the centreline. All details are refined and the surfaces are cleaned of unnecessary obstructions. The focal point is the circular main control panel wîth its zodiac of multicolour lights and stainless steel buttons. In the very midpoint of the car is the turned gear lever; a flagpole topped by a gemstone carved wîth the Swedish colours. The main instrument cluster is mounted conveniently around the §teering rod so that it always faces the driver. It is designed to be fully visible through the upper spokes of the §teering wheel, giving the driver a complete overview.
It includes tachometer, indicators and an LCD unit giving full feed-back to the driver. The metal parts are of machined and anodized aluminium, giving them a frostlike sheen that makes them stand out against the leather background. Suede covers the dashboard and the muscle-like lower sections of the doors, serving to reduce sun glare and provide contrast to the composition. Ergonomics-engineers designed the carbon fibre chairs, which are fitted wîth Tempur for utmost comfort and flexibility. Their compactness leaves space for tall drivers, and they can be adjusted to offer a perfect driving position. This design fulfills the basic objective; to combine wild racing performance and comfortable everyday driving. Designer Joachim Nordwall came up wîth the original design concept of this interior.
These spectacular carbon fibre doors open in a single elegant motion, first freeing themselves from the body, then swinging upwards and finding rest at a 90 degree angle. They are supported by the masterpiece Koenigsegg hinges, which use two parallel arms that rotate on a geared pivot, causing the doors to move in an outward arc. Since the hinges are balanced by gas struts, a gentle push is enough to lift the doors. This design requires minimal area around and above the vehicle, giving complete freedom of access to the car in confined areas.
The Koenigsegg design team has managed to equip the CC 8S and CCR wîth a hardtop roof-panel that is both easily removed and stowable inside the car. This superbly practical feat has not been accomplished by any competing supercar manufacturer. Simply pulling two handles from within the cockpit unlocks the lightweight carbon fibre hardtop, which can now easily be lifted off and placed in the front luggage compartment, where it fits perfectly. And whenever the weather so requires, the hardtop is remounted in a matter of minutes. It is simply placed back on top of the cabin and pressed down gently, until the lock mechanism snaps shut.
The shield wîth its divided fields of red and yellow diamonds - within a blue frame - is based upon the original ancient Coat of Arms of the medieval Koenigsegg family from Schwaben, Germany. The original is a single field of golden diamonds surrounded by ornaments. Christian von Koenigsegg, founder of Koenigsegg Automotive - can trace his lineage back to the late 12th century when his ancestors became Knights of the German / Roman Empire.
When the logotype of Koenigsegg was created, it was quite clearly a derivation of the original family coat of arms. At the top end you recognize a crowning ornament - a golden monogram on blue - representing the letters KCC for Koenigsegg CC. The Koenigsegg logotype was created by Jacob Låftman, a highly talented grafic designer who unfortunately passed away in 2002. Jacob was a close friend of Christian von Koenigsegg's; the two grew up in the same neighbourhood and went to school together.
Koenigsegg has chosen a new design of the headlight arrangement for the CCR model. The designer Joachim Nordwall desired to express the brutal force of this machine through the attitude of its 'face', which has resulted in these diamond shaped predator eyes. A sheet of Lexan-glass covers the lights to prevent unnecessary drag, and a position light has been added on each side. The reflectors are mounted in machined aluminium casings and Xenon lights are standard.
Side Air Intakes
On the CCR, the lower line of the side air intakes describes a progressive curve, rising rapidly towards its rear end, where it forms a sharp triangular point. These curves and lines work in harmony wîth the area where the doors meet the roof, which further accentuates the car's dynamic attitude; the impression of power yet to be unleashed. A panel bearing the CCR logo forms a bridge between the intake and the wheel, and an arched line shoots from the intake and past the wheels, joining it wîth the rear.
Rear Outlet Panel
Engine bay ventilation is always a crucial factor on a supercar like the CCR, especially considering that in this case 806 hp needs to be cooled efficiently. The design of the CCR rear aims to satisfy the need for hot air evacuation, by defining a zone wîth four truncated outlets. This area is a rather geometrical element that visibly gives contrast to, and supports, the otherwise extremely organic rear hood. It is both in function and form an extension of the machinery behind, and its mechanical feel complements the aluminium casings around the rear lights.
CCR Front Splitter
The CCR is made to travel at speeds approaching 400 km/h, which has made it desirable to enhance the aerdynamics of the front end of the car. The splitter on the CCR has several aerodynamic benefits, but also serves an aesthetic purpose. It binds together the three sections that divide the front, providing an organic integration. It adds an element in the horizontal plane that emphasizes the broad and low character of the CCR. The splitter bends around the bumper and ends at the wheels, supporting the air outlets on the sides. From a side view, it elongates the front and sharpens it, adding to the unbridled velocity in the eyes of the beholder.
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1994 – The Koenigsegg project was launched. With a long tradition of building high quality cars and a large number of suppliers to the racing car industry, Sweden offered a suitable breeding ground for the development of a world-class supercar.
The concept for this supercar was set from the start, a two-seat mid engine construction wîth a hardtop; all based on state-of-the-art Formula One technology. A network of competent designers and engineers, wîth connections to both the Swedish car industry and the universities, was tied together.
1995 - Koenigsegg moved into new premises in Olofström, Sweden. The company was then ready to construct the first prototype. The newly assembled Koenigsegg team made an extraordinary effort: in just one and a half years a fully operational prototype vehicle was finished, ready for media promotion and further testing.
1996 - This was a year of heavy testing on racetracks, roads, and in the Volvo wind tunnel. Among the well renowned racecar drivers to test the prototype were Picko Troberg, Calle Rosenblad and Rickard Rydell. They were all very impressed by its outstanding performance. The concept worked. It was time to present the car to the public.
1997 - Koenigsegg CC prototype was shown during the Cannes film festival and it was received wîth great enthusiasm. The satisfactory test results and massive media coverage at Cannes enabled the company to proceed and create a finished product. An entirely new car was brought into the world. Sticking to the basic concept of the prototype, the entire chassis was now made of carbon fiber, and a unique module system was developed so that the car can be configured to every desired setup.
1998-99 - The Koenigsegg team worked full speed ahead for the specified product model. The car went through fiftyseven different tests in order to comply wîth international certification regulations. Maintaining a low profile towards the media, all concentration was focused on perfecting the final product.
An ideal new facility near Ängelholm was purchased, and the build up of a series production infrastructure was started. Since nearly every key part of the Koenigsegg CC is specially designed and unique, highly qualified composite engineers and CAD/CAM technicians were employed. Modelers wîth experience from SAAB, Bentley and Bugatti created the final body. A three dimensional measuring system wîth full CAD/CAM capabilities was set up in the modeling workshop.
2000 - The first production vehicle was assembled and tested during the spring and summer. The deadline was set for September 28th, when the finished product met the jury of the world: the Premiere at the Paris Motor Show. Meanwhile, at the Koenigsegg facility a full-scale production line for manufacturing the cars was being organized.
2001 - The silver production prototype CC 8S created a sensation following its presentation at the Paris Motor Show. Articles about it have been published in most of the world's car magazines. It has received several design awards, among them the prestigious German Red Dot award and a prize for excellent Swedish design. The Swedes recently voted the Koenigsegg CC the Car of the Year in the Swedish magazine Automobil. The magazine Car and Driver performed a series of tests on the car and found it beating its competitors on most counts, such as acceleration, lateral G and braking.
2002 - The first customer Koenigsegg CC 8S has been assembled and handed over to its proud owner at a ceremony at the Geneva Motor Show in March. This stunning red car is scheduled for an attempt at breaking the world speed record later this year.
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Unveiled at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997, the silver production Koenigsegg CC prototype was received by the viewing public with immense enthusiasm. The Koenigsegg CC was produced from 1998 through 2001. The Koenigsegg Company went on to finish the final product following amazing media coverage and competent test results. The new vehicle, though keeping the same basic concept of the model, was an entirely different car. The whole chassis was constructed of carbon fiber and the car could be configured to every desired setup because of a unique module system.
Officially launched in 1993, the Koenigsegg CC was created by Christian von Koenigsegg who based this futuristic vehicle on Formula One technology. Koenigsegg, is a Swedish manufacturer of high-performance vehicles based in Ängelholm and the company has gone on to become the creator of the fastest streetcars worldwide. In 1994, the first prototype vehicle was constructed, merely one and half years following the company being established. Famous drivers including Calle Rosenblad, Richard Rydell, Picko Troberg had tested the model and found it quite an amazing ride.
Christian von Koenigsegg produced the company with the intention of producing a world-class supercar. Christian took his first steps in the business world in his early 20's by running a trading company called Alpraaz in Stockholm, Sweden. His success was immense and Koenigsegg now had the financial backing to launch his career as successful car manufacturer.
Koenigsegg Automotive was originally based in Olofström, but in 1997 the company needed a larger facility and chose to relocate to Margretetorp, barely outside of Ängelholm. Unfortunately on February 22, 2003 the facilities caught on fire and the damage was irreparable. With aid from 40 firefighters from a variety of departments, the fire was extinguished. A total of 15 cars, body parts, engines and machines were saved before the fire grew uncontrollable. A short-circuit in the company kitchen dishwasher was determined to be the cause of the warehouse fire, and it eventually spread to the thatched roof. The Koenigsegg Company moved to a Swedish Air Force base near Ängelholm on the same day. Several days later, the decision was made by von Koenigsegg to remain in the earlier former wing of the burned building. The building had been converted from two large fighter-jet hangars and an office building into a car factory after 2003, and today the factory continues to be active in Ängelhom airport. Clients can arrive at the airport by private jet, right next to the actual factory.
The idea to construct his own vehicle came about after von Koenigsegg watched the Norwegian puppet movie Pinchcliffe Grand Prix when he was younger. The prototype was required to be a two-seater, mid-engine layout with a hardtop. Von Koenigsegg drew the initial sketches and took them to Industrial Designer David Crafoord who helped develop a scale 1:5 model. David finished the model by adding his personal touches, and the model was later scaled up by Sven-Harry Åkesson who created the base plug for the original prototype that was completed in 1996. Several new prototypes were constructed over the next few years.
At the 2000 Paris Motor Show the production prototype was finally unveiled to the public and the press. The initial custom Koenigsegg CC was dubbed the CC 8S. Assembled, the CC 8S was assembled and hand delivered to its proud owner at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2002. Four more models were constructed this year. In Asia the Koenigsegg was later established that year with a premiere at the Seoul Auto Show.
The further enhance the drivability and look the model was tested by Koenigsegg test drivers on roads and racetracks alike. The Koenigsegg cars earned the Guinness World Records in 2003 as the most powerful streetcars. Meanwhile, Koenigsegg company engineers continued to work on steadily improving the CC, and new design and visual enhancements were adapted on the '03 model CC 8S.
In March of 2004, the all new Koenigsegg CCR was debuted at the Geneva Motor Show. The badge of the Koenigsegg automobile company was created and designed by Jacob Låftman in 1994. The badge was based on the family shield of the Koenigsegg family, and the shield was the family's coat-of-arms since the 12th century when a family member had been knighted by the German-based Holy Roman Empire. The insignia on the Koenigsegg's rear window is an acknowledgement to the Swedish squadron that operated from the F10 base and featured a ghost at its emblem.
One of the few car manufacturers worldwide that has successfully managed to apply clearcoat to a carbon fiber construction, Koenigsegg shows the all-carbon material that the car is made of, even on the outer skin. The 2008 CCXR Edition was the first example of this construction, as the body was made of seamless and matched visible carbon fiber.