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Auto-geek heaven! a Koenigsegg factory tour by Christian Von Koenigsegg himself
AUTO-GEEK HEAVEN! A KOENIGSEGG FACTORY TOUR BY CHRISTIAN VON KOENIGSEGG HIMSELF
The level of innovation at modern car manufacturers is amazing, some companies do a little more than others though, just like Koenigsegg Automotive AB. Known simply as Koenigsegg, the company was founded in 1994 by Christian von Koenigsegg, and it’s known for manufacturing some of the most amazing limited run hypercars on the planet. It’s not only the performance figures that make the different Koenigsegg models so good, it’s the technologies that have been packed into the cars. With most of the smaller bespoke companies like Koenigsegg, many parts and components are outsourced to an array of usual industry suppliers. It’s not uncommon for them to use complete engines and transmissions from bigger manufacturers, this saves cost and adds in a modicum of reliability by using tried and tested powerplants. That’s not the case at Koenigsegg, the level of expertise and tech at the Ängelholm, Skåne County factory in Sweden is such that Koenigsegg was able to manufacture its own engines, and while they were at it, they used new processes, designs and technologies that other automakers haven’t even dreamed of yet.
To further add to the awesomeness that is Koenigsegg, boss man Christian also has a conscience and has made sure that the factory and its manufacturing processes are as green as possible. This shines through into their range of Koenigesess hypercars that have electric technologies added in to help with futureproofing this planet of ours. The Koenigsegg CCXR was the first proper “green’ hypercar introduced to the world, offer up absolutely amazing performance while being able to run on biofuels like E85 and E100, and even normal petrol if needed. If they could do that with a combustion engine, you can only imagine what kind of things their fully-electric ideas will bring out. You’ll also see that during the tour that the facilities are spotless and there’s limited waste.
With the growth that took place at Koenigsegg since its 1994 inception, it eventually became time to set up in a bigger factory, and in 2003 the company moved headquarters into its current premises in Ängelholm where over 400 people are now employed. The technologically advanced factory is located in a repurposed Swedish Air Force base, and that means there’s a really, really long test strip right outside the factory for when real-world testing is required. It’s quite fitting really because the Swedish have always been at the forefront of technology when it comes to military fighter jets, and that’s exactly where the Koenigsegg automaker is in the automotive world. It’s also quite a cool link to the ghost symbol that’s seen on Koenigsegg cars. At the new premises, a section used to be home to the Swedish air force’s squadron of Saab AJS37 Viggens and these planes all wore the ghost on their wings and tail. As a tribute to the squadron and to keep the history alive, it was decided to add the ghost logo to all the Koenigsegg cars that have been manufactured there since 2003.
Take a look at the YouTube video about the awesome Koenigsegg factory tour below: Ultimate Koenigsegg Factory Tour With Christian Von Koenigsegg | Mr JWW
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