Weekend Video – Christian Von Koenigsegg

If you’re not a fan of Christian Von Koenigsegg’s work then you need your head read. A Koenigsegg might not be your favourite super/hyper/uber car, but anyone with a love of things with four wheels ought to be able to appreciate the cars they build at Angelholm.

koenigsegg-agera-one-1-004-1This video is an interview with Christian Von Koenigsegg produced by EVO Magazine, talking about the new Koenigsegg One:1 “Megacar”. They call it that because it’s got 1 megawatt of power. That’s 1,360hp to you.

In this video, Christian talks about all the fine detail work that went into transforming an ‘ordinary’ Agera (actually, there’s no such thing as an ordinary Agera, but anyway….) into the One:1. But first, a word or two…..

I had to pause for a moment as I watched this.

I’ve been fortunate enough to visit the Koenigsegg facility twice. On my first visit, in 2010, I got to see Christian’s work first hand with a ride/drive in a Koenigsegg CCX. That car was absolutely, mind-bogglingly amazing – video below – as was the whole factory.

Now, you have to bear in mind that the Koenigsegg CCX that I drove that day had 806hp. It also had all the mod cons you could ask for and was amazingly easy to drive (which, by the way, is Koenigsegg’s neatest trick: making a mind-blowing hypercar that’s as easy to drive as a Ford Fiesta). But the CCX I drove that day – jaw-dropping as it was – is some 554hp short of the output produced by the One:1.

554hp.

That means the One:1 is more powerful than the CCX I drove AND a third generation Dodge Viper SRT-10 combined.

The video goes for 15 minutes and as he talks, I hope you get a good insight into the level of top-shelf detail that Christian Von Koenigsegg dedicates himself to every day of his professional life. He is the man I admire most in the automotive world because he’s 1) brilliant, and 2) totally down to earth.

Enjoy.

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And for reference, here’s the video I shot with Christian back in 2010. This is the long version – around 8 minutes – which includes our chat as we drove to the test track a few kilometres from the factory.

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  1. It’s so easy to get excited listening to interviews about Koenigseggs. I love the active GPS based chassis set up download idea….. Yes thanks computer, please activate my Nurburgring set up. I’m sure they could install a Knight Rider / Kit voice confirmation system for me as well.