Timeline

1972 1977 1978 1988 1990 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011

1972

Christian von Koenigsegg is born at Danderyds Hospital in Stockholm.

1977

Christian goes with his Father to the movies and sees a Norwegian stop-motion movie - Pinchcliffe Grand Prix - and decides that he will build his own cars when he grows up.

1978

Christian drives a go-kart for the first time at the age of 6 at Ösve Ring Go-Kart track in Upplands Väsby, outside Stockholm. He clearly remembers this as one of the best days of his life.

1988

Christian get his first summer job, selling and cleaning cars at a Suzuki dealership outside Stockholm. In his spare time, he becomes known as the best moped tuner in the area.

By this time Christian considers the automotive world to be his passion, his calling, and he sets about drawing cars on a daily basis. Unfortunately all of Christian's early car drawings were destroyed in the factory fire of 2003, among many other precious and personal items.

1990

Christian gets his drivers licence 3 days after his 18th birthday, the minimum legal age for drivers in Sweden. Christian's first car was a pre-owned, black Suzuki Swift GTI, which he picked up the day he got his license. The car was heavily modified over time.

1994

The Koenigsegg project is launched.

With a well established engineering industry, a long tradition of building high quality cars and a large number of specialist suppliers to the racing industry, Sweden offers the ideal breeding ground for the development of a world-class supercar.

The parameters for this supercar are established quickly: a two-seater of mid-engined construction with a detachable and stowable hardtop, all based on state-of-the-art "Formula One" technology. A network is developed, made up of skilled designers and engineers with connections both to the Swedish car industry and associated institutions.

To the right  - the first outline of the car. These drawings were made by Christian on the 12 of August 1994, the day he decided to start his life-long venture. These drawings laid the foundation for all Koenigsegg cars - short overhangs, wrap around windscreen, large side air intakes, mid engine layout, and a detachable hard top.

1995

Koenigsegg moves into new premises in Olofström, southern Sweden.

Development and production of the first prototype is initiated. The newly assembled Koenigsegg team makes an extraordinary effort and in just eighteen months, a fully operational prototype is ready for media promotion and evaluation.

1996

1996 sees exhaustive testing take place on racetracks, on public roads and in the Volvo wind tunnel.

Among the world-renowned racecar drivers to test the prototype are Picko Troberg, Calle Rosenblad and Rickard Rydell. They are all amazed by its outstanding performance. The concept has been proved to work. It is now time to introduce the concept to prospective buyers.

1997

The Koenigsegg CC prototype is shown at the Cannes Film Festival, to resounding acclaim.

The satisfactory test results and the subsequent media coverage in Cannes enable the company to move forward and start work on a finished, production-ready model. Maintaining the concept used in the original prototype, the chassis now includes a carbonfiber monocoque. A unique module system is also developed so the car can be configured to different setups.

1998

The Koenigsegg team works at full speed on the specified production model. The car is put through 57 different tests in order to comply with various international certification regulations.

The Koenigsegg company maintains a low profile with regards to the media. All efforts are focused on perfecting the final product. An ideal new facility is purchased near Ängelholm, in southern Sweden, and the construction of a full production infrastructure begins.

1999

Since nearly every key part of the Koenigsegg CC is specially designed and unique, highly qualified composite engineers and CAD/CAM engineers are employed.

Modellers with experience from SAAB, Bentley and Bugatti create the final body. A three-dimensional measuring system with full CAD/CAM capability is set up in the modelling workshop.

2000

The first production prototype vehicle is assembled and tested during the spring and summer.

The deadline is set for September 28, when the finished product will be presented to the jury of the world; the Premiere at the Paris Motor Show. Meanwhile, at the Koenigsegg facility, a full-scale production line for the manufacturing of vehicles is being finalized.

2001

Glowing reviews appear in specialist car magazines around the world early in 2001 following the successful debut of a silver production prototype Koenigsegg CC at the Paris Motor Show, late in 2000.

The CC receives several design awards, among them the prestigious German Red Dot Award and a prize for Swedish design excellence. Swedes vote the Koenigsegg CC to be Car of the Year in the Swedish magazine, Automobil. Car and Driver magazine perform a series of tests with the car and find that it betters the competition on acceleration, lateral G and braking.

2002

The first customer Koenigsegg CC, the CC8S, is assembled and delivered to its proud owner at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

This prototype is driven mercilessly by Koenigsegg test drivers on both racetracks and roads in order to further refine the car’s performance and handling. While the construction of the assembly line at Ängelholm is still incomplete, the team nonetheless manages to build five stunning cars during the year. In September, Koenigsegg is launched in Asia, with two cars featured in a spectacular presentation at the Seoul Motor Show.

2003

Several improvements to both design and performance are implemented on the 2003 model CC8S - and a fire!

Modifications to the suspension system are made in cooperation with Mr. Loris Bicocchi, a world-renowned test driver with experience at Lamborghini, Pagani and Bugatti.

Production is halted due to a fire starting in the company's kitchen area, due to what is believed to be a short circuit in a dishwasher. Even though the fire happened on a Saturday, many of the Koenigsegg personnel live close by and were able to alert the fire brigade, who come quickly to the site. All cars still under construction were saved, as well as most of the vital equipment used to build them. The office, however, and most of the factory itself, are both destroyed.

At first there are plans to rebuild the factory on the same site and in the same quaint, but high tech style that it used to be. Given the time this would take, however, these plans are abandoned and Koenigsegg move into new premises at the F10 Air Force Base, only 10 minutes from the original factory. Koenigsegg is thereby able to retain use of the former military runway, which has turned out to be a very suitable proving ground. After some heavy modifications, the airforce base and its hangars become a very suitable place for Koenigsegg to build its cars and conduct business.

The BBC program Top Gear also names the CC8S as the fastest car they have ever tested. Koenigsegg receives the Guinness World Record for the most powerful production car.

2004

All development efforts are concentrated on the CCR, the new 806hp model presented at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

The vibrant orange car exhibited in Geneva was hailed as one of the true gems of the show. The Koenigsegg CCR features several new components that take the vehicle's performance far beyond that of any other supercar. The CC8S wins Jeremy Clarkson’s heart by being declared as his favourite Supercar of the Year.

2005

Koenigsegg takes the top speed crown from the legendary McLaren F1 road car.

The Guinness World Record was held by the McLaren F1 for seven years until the mighty CCR improved on the record by a slim margin. The CCR also proves itself on the famously challenging Nürburgring racetrack. The CCR breaks several speed records and almost beats the outright lap record for production cars, even though the temperature was a chilling -3 degrees Celsius.

2006

Koenigsegg presents the new CCX, their first ever 'world car'.

The CCX is the third generation for Koenigsegg, and one that complies with global safety and environmental regulations thus making it eligible for sale anywhere in the world. The performance of the car is staggering, as shown on the famous BBC program Top Gear, when the CCX takes the lap record ahead of more famous supercar competitors such as the Ferrari Enzo, the Maserati MC12, the Porsche Carrera GT and the Pagani Zonda F.

2007

Koenigsegg presents the CCXR, the world’s first 'green' supercar.

The CCXR runs on E85 Biofuel and produces an unparalleled 1018hp, again a world first. Koenigsegg also presents its patented and unique Chrono instrument cluster, which enhances both the interior aesthetics and high-speed safety.

2008

The CCX breaks the 0-300-0 km/h record, taking just 29 seconds.

The first CCX built to US specifications is delivered to the USA, another great milestone for Koenigsegg. The Limited Edition program is launched to show off the carbon fiber engineering capability of the company to wonderful effect.

2009

Koenigsegg introduces a revolutionary new paddleshift system, which enables a gearshift time of just 30 milliseconds.

Koenigsegg also unveils the Quant, a four-seater electric car specially developed for a customer.

2010

Koenigsegg celebrates 15 years of creating supercars by presenting the Agera, a new breed of Koenigsegg.

Agera maximizes the driving experience with exceptional cornering speed, braking and adaptability. The pre-production Koenigsegg Agera test car is hailed by the media and wins the prestigious Top Gear Hypercar of the Year Award.

2011

Koenigsegg introduces the production version of the Koenigsegg Agera at the Geneva Motor show and the extremely powerful and technically sophisticated Agera R.

The Agera R is also awarded the prestigious "Top Gear Hyper Car of the year 2011 - India Award".

Koenigsegg ends 2011 as "Officially Amazing". This comes after breaking into the Guinness Book of World Records once again. The award is based on the Koenigsegg world record in the 0-300-0 km/h category. The recorded time is just 21.19 seconds, nearly 8 seconds faster than the time recorded in a CCX just 3 years earlier.

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