Koenigsegg is a Swedish automaker of which many automotive enthusiasts have never heard. Their history is relatively unique and their cars are even more interesting but they are in the news this month for a record setting recall campaign. The record of which I speak does not include millions and millions of vehicles but instead it covers only one. That’s all — one car — a 2013 Koenigsegg Agera, making this the most exclusive recall ever. The notification had already been sent and the repair had already been performed when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released the details, making this a truly unusual situation.
Let’s take a closer look at this top-tier automaker and the hyper-cars they produce.
Koenigsegg Automotive was founded in 1994 by a young man with a vision to build the perfect supercar unlike any other, from the ground up. Swedish engineering has long been recognized as being at the forefront of the transportation industry. From combat fighter jets to trucks, buses, and even passenger cars, Swedish ingenuity is accompanied by a tireless dedication to exceptional quality and safety from the largest corporation to the smallest firms building world-class rally cars.
It was in this environment that five-year old Christian von Koenigsegg grew up dreaming of one day building his own supercar and eventually his own production facility. Seventeen years later and against all odds, he did just that. At a time when the modern supercar was thought to be a fleeting luxury and with the sports car market ravished by recession, Christian was warned that the state of the global economy might be an obstacle which he could not overcome. While others were warning him, Christian was busy fulfilling his dream.
From the time Christian was a young boy he could repair an assortment of appliances and loved to dismantle video recorders and toasters in order to see how they operated and what it would take to improve them. By his early teens Christian was known as the best moped tuner in town and by his eighteenth birthday he was experimenting with innovative construction and technological ideas but the supercar was always in his heart. It was a calling.
Nursing the wounds of several business disappointments and in opposition of the boredom of managing his import/export business, Christian chose to follow his heart. Instead of seeking the perfect business solution, he decided to build his dream car. Despite the fact that many had failed before him, he set out on a mission to build the perfect high-performance car with no compromises, no limits, and no fear of failure.
The first images of the Koenigsegg supercar were drawn by Christian on August 12, 1994. It would be a two-seater with a mid-engine configuration based on Formula 1 design. In 1997, after extensive testing, the first Koenigsegg CC Prototype is shown at the Cannes film festival. It draws rave reviews. In 2002 the first production versions of the CC are delivered to customers.
Today, Koenigsegg has a full research and development staff and state-of-the-art facilities upon which to rely. Their cars, the One:1, Agera S, and Agera R are among the most powerful and technologically advanced automobiles in the world.