It’s been a very exciting 2015 here at Koenigsegg, full of truly groundbreaking vehicles and exciting developments. Here is the 2015 Koenigsegg year in review.
At the turn of the year, Koenigsegg was mid-way through the One:1 vehicle program. The One:1 was our most extreme sports car and quite possibly the most extreme car ever made in series production. A vast program of weight reduction explored every part of the car to shed a further 75 kilos from the already lightweight Agera R. The aim was to reach the previously unattained power-to-weight ratio of 1:1.
Six One:1 production vehicles were built in total, as well as one factory development car. All six customer cars were sold prior to production and the factory development car has also been sold.
The first major event of 2015 was the Geneva Motor Show, in March. Geneva is always the biggest show of the year so it was no surprise that Koenigsegg chose Geneva to unveil its One:1 successor, the Agera RS, and the all new, groundbreaking Regera.
The Agera RS on show was our first RS build and our first customer car. It was delivered to its new owner after the Geneva show.
The Regera on show was our development model and was in the early stages of development at the time of the Geneva Motor Show. The Regera combines three electric motors with Koenigsegg’s proven, powerful gasoline engine for a total output of over 1500hp.
Perhaps the most revolutionary aspect of the Regera is fact that it does away with the extra weight and mechanical losses of the traditional gearbox. The Regera will use Koenigsegg’s new Direct Drive system to deliver power from the engine/motors through a single final drive directly to the wheels. The Regera has been in shakedown testing and final development through 2015 and the building of customer cars will commence in 2016.
The Sounds of Engines event at Suzuka, Japan, was the beginning of a big summer for the Koenigsegg One:1. The One:1 toured to various locations around the world, setting numerous records along the way. The One:1 was a hit with the crowd at Suzuka and our test driver, Robert Serwanski, managed to set an unofficial lap record for a production car at the track. Despite minimal exposure to the circuit, having a passenger in the car and with no special setup for the track, Robert managed to drive a 2:17.57. This shaved nearly a full second from the previous known fastest lap by a production vehicle at Suzuka.
It was late one summer’s evening in June when test driver Robert Serwanski took the One:1 to the Koenigsegg test track for some test sessions to try for a new 0-300-0km/h record.
The previous record of 21.19 seconds was set in a Koenigsegg Agera R back in 2011. As you can see in the video, the One:1 smashed that record by more than 3 seconds with a time of 17.95 seconds.
Note: the same session also saw a record set for 0-200-0mph, with a time of 20.71 seconds.
The 2015 Gumball 3000 rally saw participants travel 3000 miles from Stockholm to Las Vegas. Koenigsegg had a presence in both the beginning and the end of the event.
Gumballers took off from Oslo and called in to Koenigsegg’s HQ in Ängelholm on day 2 of the 2015 event, on their way to the night’s Gumball party in Copenhagen. Gumball fans typically line the route and once word got out that cars would be making a stop at Koenigsegg, the grounds filled up very quickly.
The final leg of the rally between Los Angeles and Las Vegas saw the Koenigsegg Agera HH included in the event, with none other than three-time Formula 1 World Champion, Lewis Hamilton, behind the wheel. The car is owned privately in the US but was made available specifically for this leg of the Gumball 3000 event.
Photos by Julia La Palme.
Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps (Take 1)
Our factory One:1 vehicle was shipped back from Japan via Germany and when it landed on the continent, we took the opportunity for a side-trip to the beautiful Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in June. Four other Koenigseggs were also present at the track event.
Photo by Maurice Volmeyer
It was Robert Serwanski’s first time at Spa but some track guidance from Koenigsegg owner and Spa veteran, Adrian Sutil (above), helped him to get familiar with the track in quick time. Robert managed to record a time of 2:33.26. This was five seconds faster than any other production car lap time we were able to source at the time.
Goodwood Festival of Speed
The Koenigsegg Regera was on display for the full Goodwood Festival of Speed, showing at the Michelin stand.
Two Koenigsegg cars also participated in the Michelin Supercar Paddock and supercar runs up the famous Goodwood hill climb. They were a Koenigsegg One:1 owned in the UK and the one-off badged Agera N, also UK owned.
New Partnership with Castrol EDGE
Koenigsegg announced a new partnership with Castrol EDGE in July, at an event at the Millbrook proving grounds. Castrol EDGE will provide all high-performance lubricants for Koenigsegg cars.
Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps (Take 2)
Koenigsegg returned to Spa in July with the factory One:1 car and cut a further second off our previous record during practice at a track meet there. The new record time is 2:32.14.
Further attempts at cutting the record were curbed by noise restrictions in place by local authorities.
Monterey Car Week – One:1 comes to the USA
Of the six Koenigsegg One:1’s built, only one was destined for the United States. Delivery took place in August 2015 after the One:1 was welcomed by US fans during Monterey Car Week.
Koenigsegg exhibited the One:1 at three events at Monterey – the McCalls Motorworks Revival, The Quail, and on the Michelin stand at Laguna Seca. A Koenigsegg was sold by RM Auctions during Monterey Car Week and Christian had the privilege of driving the car onto the stage at the auction.
We also had the pleasure of an impromptu visit from Jay Leno at the Koenigsegg stand during The Quail. Jay is a big fan of Koenigsegg and his video from Monterey is the second time a Koenigsegg has featured on his very popular Youtube channel.
Ask Christian Anything
Here on the Koenigsegg website, we featured a series of Q&A sessions with Christian von Koenigsegg, along the lines of the ‘Ask Me Anything’ sessions held at Reddit. Fans had the opportunity to submit questions to Christian and we asked as many as we reasonably could and printed the answers here on the website. The series is a wonderful, in-depth look at Koenigsegg cars, the company, its history and future.
Part 1 – Miscellaneous questions
Part 2 – Early Years and Process
Part 3 – Racing and Technology
Part 4 – Regera and the Future
Regera – Autoskin
Toward the end of 2015, we provided a glimpse into some of the ongoing work on the Regera, showing the car’s amazing Autoskin feature. Various doors can be opened via a lightweight hydraulic system, operated by the touch of a button on the car’s remote control.
#Build128 – the first USA-bound Agera RS
We finished the year beginning a new series here on the website, a series covering the build of our first US-bound Agera RS. The United States is a market that has special homologation requirements and not all Koenigsegg cars in the past have been configured to meet these requirements. The Agera RS is a car that will be configured for road use in the United States and we figured this would be a good car to cover on the website.
Chassis #7128 has progressed through Station 1 (tub chassis construction) and Station 2 (Body Alignment) and you can read all about the process at those links. We will cover each stage of the production process until the car is delivered in 2016.
We look forward to 2016 with great excitement.
The Geneva Motor Show is only a little over two months away and the following European summer will see plenty of activities involving Koenigsegg cars.
Thanks to everyone for their support. We wish you a busy and prosperous 2016!