Hi there. Long time, no write. If you’re reading this, thanks for hanging around. All is going well in Sweden. Yes, the job is absolutely fantastic. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted to do for work and it’s slowly expanding into areas I didn’t expect. I expected to take photos, for example. I didn’t expect to take so many, nor for them to be so useful. This one’s now one of the slider photos on the Koenigsegg homepage. There are lots of other unexpected things, too. Content management. Website layout. And plenty more. It all involves a learning curve but not […]
This picture will tell you much of what you need to know about Koenigsegg’s carbon fibre wheels. This is Christian von Koenigsegg holding up a 19-inch wheel (10 inches wide) – with one finger. That’s a screenshot from the latest update in the Inside Koenigsegg series of videos. It’s yet another inside look at the magic kingdom of cars, where there are only two items on the daily agenda: Build Koenigsegg cars Push the boundaries on what can be done to make a vehicle the absolute best it can be. Koenigsegg’s carbon fibre wheel has only one metal part – […]
The two times I visited Koenigsegg’s facility in Angelholm, I came away thinking “this is car-making on a completely different level”. Very few people – not companies, but people – can do what Christian von Koenigsegg can do to optimise a car. This video extends that idea. It extends the whole idea of 3D printing, too. They’re not just doing the stuff you’ve heard about, like printing plastic prototype parts. They’re actually 3D printing real parts in titanium, including stuff that gets stressed like turbo housings. If you’re an engineering type, you’ll get this. In fact, I have a friend […]
The absolutely awesome Inside Koenigsegg video series continues and today you get an introduction to the One:1’s active rear wing – another first for Koenigsegg. The wing is the lightest of its type and it’s innovative mounting system overcomes some of the turbulence drawbacks suffered by competing units from other manufacturers. As always, Keonigsegg think hard about their solutions to make their cars the absolute best they can be. The video is six minutes or so in length. Enjoy.
I’ll understand if you feel a little short-changed watching this video. What we want to see is the 1360hp One:1 engine in full flight and that’s not what you get here. What you get, instead, is a verbal run-through of the changes made to the Agera R engine to bring it up to One:1 spec. Koenigsegg is, after all, an evolutionary car maker, a company that constantly improves its technology with every car that it makes. The One:1 continues the evolution. The video is short. It’s worth watching. Hopefully get we get to see the One:1 in action soon.
Did you watch the first Inside Koenigsegg video series last year? If not, click that link and get yourself educated about what it takes to build the most amazing cars in the world. The latest iteration – the world’s first ‘megacar’ – is the Koenigsegg One:1, which as you’ll learn in the video is pronounced “one to one”. The premise is one horsepower for every kilogram of weight, making 1360hp (or one megawatt) in total. It’s an outstanding achievement and as you’ll see, they plan on going even further with the production version of the car. This is the first […]
The Inside Koenigsegg video series concludes today with this final instalment – the gearbox. This one is guaranteed to go over most people’s heads. The overall concept makes sense to me but the technical bits went over my head very quickly and I think it’ll be the same for many people. I get concepts but I’m a technical imbecile. There are still several things you can appreciate, however. First, even though it’s a video about a gearbox, the fact that it’s Christian von Koenigsegg talking about a gearbox still makes it interesting for some reason. Having watched this series from […]
I hope you’ve enjoyed the Inside Koenigsegg series so far. You’ve learned about carbon fibre, painting the cars, trimming the interiors and whole lot more. If you were only going to get excited about one episode of this series, though, this is the one. In this episode, Christian takes you through the heart of a Koenigsegg car – its engine. I’m sure you’re going to be blown away not only by what they do, but by the potential for the future, too. Just imagine when they combine their already impressive engine tech with Cargine camless valve technology from last week. […]
How does this sound? 30% more torque. 30% more power. 30% less fuel consumption. 50% less emissions. Not bad, eh? That’s what Christian von Koenigsegg forecasts will be achievable when Cargine’s pneumatic valve technology finally takes off. I won’t say any more for the moment. Just watch the video below. This is the 7th video of the Inside Koenigsegg Series and for the tech-heads, it’s quiet exciting. —— Cargine was prominent back when Christian was leading a group trying to buy Saab Automobile in 2009. There was talk back then of the $600m EIB loan they were trying to secure […]
It’s time to go Inside Koenigsegg and explore another aspect of what I believe are the most advanced, extreme cars on the planet. This has been such a good series. In this episode, you go right into the fine detail behind the electronic brain that controls Koenigsegg’s vehicle systems. It’s quite possibly just a little too much information, to be honest, but it continues the extraordinary insight that this series provides and if you want to get an understanding of what it takes to build any modern car, looking at the processes of a small producer like Koenigsegg gives you […]