Christian Von Koenigsegg is born in Stockholm, the son of wealthy entrepreneur & business minded parents
At age 5, Christian watches “Pinchliffe Grand Prix”, a clay stop-motion film about a Norweigan bicycle repair man named Reodor who builds a supercar for Le Mans, and wins the race against all odds. The supercar bug is caught.
Age 7, got his first soldering kit from Dad and built his first radio-controlled car. Was also pulling apart take recorders, VCR’s and anything electronic & mechanic to see how it worked.
Age 8, parents bought a small motorcycle which Christian tore apart, rebuilt and then went on to sell (along with a few more like it). Already the business man.
Age 12, Gets his first moped – a Suzuki K50 and learns how to tune it. Using this knowledge he’d buy a moped, “make it look good, make it go faster, sell it and buy another one”. By age 15, Christian becomes the local moped tuner with a stable of 12 mopeds.
Age 13, gets a tiny 2.5 metre long boat called Spitfire which has a 5-15 horsepower motor. Christian goes and puts a 35 motor on it (and a stereo…and some lanterns…and a horn). Sells that too.
Around this time Christian starts drawing cars on the two computers the family owned, a Commodore 64 and an Amiga 1000…
Whilst studying at the Scandinavian School of Business, Christian meets his future wife-to-be, Halldora.
Realises if he wants to start a car company he’s going to need money. Plus he also has a few ideas he wants to patents. Starts a trading company selling all manner things: frozen chickens from the USA into Estonia and mis-spelt plastic bags into Eastern Europe. Has an office in Stockholm. Things go well, he makes some money.
Ticks off “entrepreneur” on his list. Asks himself what he REALLY wants to do.
Aged 22, Christian decided to take action on a childhood dream. He wanted to build a car and start a car-making factory. Koenigsegg Automotive AB is founded.
Jacob Låftman designs the Koenigsegg badge, based on the Koenigsegg coat of arms, which has been in the family since the 12th century.
Wrote a business plan with his business partner Mikael (who stayed with the company for 2 years before moving onto other ventures) and applied for a 1.5 million crown loan (approx. $150,000) from the Swedish Board for Technological Development. The loan was granted, much to their surprise, under the provision they move to a high-unemployment area.
Are promised a 1500sqm property but it won’t be available for another 18 months.
Move into a 400sqm garage in Olofström in the meantime and bring on a few local skilled craftsmen. Landlord of the 1500sqm property ends up giving the lease to Volvo so Koenigsegg are forced to move elsewhere.
Decide to relocate to Ängelholm, a place that Christian had spent many summers at throughout his childhood. Discovers the local car dealership he had visited often to stare through the glass at the cars, was available. They rent half the space at first before expanding to the full property and eventually buying it. Move into the factory at Margretetorp.
After two years in the making, the Koenigsegg concept car is finally driven in public for the first time by Rickrd Rydell at the Anderstorp race track.
The Koenigsegg CC prototype made a debut at the Cannes Film Festival to much applause. Media success on top of the pleasing test results meant Koenigsegg could surge forward in creation phase.
Kjell Nilsson, a former vice-president of Electrolux believed in the concept of Koenigsegg so much that he signed on as chairman of the board and gave of his time freely to the young startup. “He opened a lot of doors for us” .
Collaboration at its finest: Saab engineers donated their skills in relation to engine management and Volvo agreed to shares in Koenigsegg in exchange for test-track and wind-tunnel use. They were also able to offer expertise in a multiple of areas and introductions amongst Sweden suppliers.
IT Boom in Scandinavia. Everyone wants in and money is literally walking in the door. Koenigsegg gains 30 shareholders.
Somewhere in Sweden, an American composite engineer by the name of James Glaser makes a call to Koenigsegg: Hey can I work on your project? James, who had previously worked for Newman/Haas Racing, had moved to Sweden with his Swedish wife in 1996 and was ready to sink his teeth into something new.
And thus the CC chassis was born.
First pre-series production CC8S developed
Christian & Halldora married.
First CC edition displayed at the Paris Autoshow (would still take another 2 years to acquire the necessary European certification).
First CC8S delivered to a customer (the CCR version briefly held the record for the world’s fastest production car until the Veyron showed up).
Fire destroys the original Koenigsegg factory but they manage to save most of the equipment. Planned to rebuild original factory but it was going to take too long. Local Mayor mentioned nearby aircraft hanger by airfield and they were able to move in.
Unfortunately Christian loses all of his old sketches and car drawings from his childhood right up until when they started Koenigsegg.
The Ghost logo becomes a part of Koenigsegg. The original squadron that had lived in the hanger were known as the “Ghosts” as they took off before dawn and came back at night, they were heard but no-one ever saw them. The Ghost symbol was painted on the aircraft and hanger with the slogan “The Show Must Go On”. Then the show stopped for them.
When Koenigsegg moved in some of the people working with the airplanes asked if they could continue the tradition and put a ghost symbol on the cars so that “the show can go on”.
Koenigsegg honoured that and any car built in the Angelholm facility will be given a Ghost mark.
Recognised the demand for Koenigsegg in the USA and start modification of design to fit the regulations.
Also begin production of the street-legal Koenigsegg CCX.
Sold 17 cars in a year, which was a record at the time.
Also launched the world’s first “green” supercar – The Koengisegg CCXR which could run on either regular fuel, E85 (85% ethanol) or a mixture of both.
Plans for the Agera are released at Geneva Motor Show.
Koenigsegg Agera R sets a 0-300-0km/h record of 21.19 secs.
Koenigsegg begins production on it’s 100th production car, the “Hundra” (Swedish for 100).
Gets his first Tesla Model S and loved it. Became frustrated that Koenigsegg in its current form could not benefit from the advantages that direct electric transmission gives. Frustration leads to innovation – removes the entire transmission of the planned Regera and replaces it with a powerful direct drive electric motor and a small battery to support the power band of the combustion engine.
Koenigsegg celebrates it’s 100th chassis (#7100) built with the Agera S and known as the “Hundra”, a gold leaf beauty thanks to the detailed work of master craftsman, Ettore “Blaster” Callegaro.
Christian Von Koenigsegg announced EY Entrepreneur of The Year in South Sweden.
Started work on the Regera in May
Koenigsegg is featured in the movie “Need for Speed”
And An Update
Koenigsegg hosts its first “Owners Event”
Has expanded to 135 passionate Koenigsegg employees by January 2017 and recruits 40 more by May.
Manny Khoshbin’s Agera RS crashes at the factory during test drives. Manny can’t speak highly enough of the way the situation was handled.
Now has representatives in North America, Japan, UK, Norway, Mainland China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Oman, Saudi Arabia, UAE.