Koenigsegg – Everything You Need to Know | Up to Speed

Koenigsegg – Everything You Need to Know | Up to Speed

(car revving)
– Christian von Koenigsegg always knew
what he wanted to be when he grew up.
Like all kids, he had a big dream,
but he didn’t want to be an astronaut,
or a rock star, or a pro athlete,
He wanted to build cars and
drive really freakin’ fast!
He held onto that dream and never wavered.
He’s basically Lex Luthor without
the incessant desire to rule the world,
but he is just as bald.
This is everything you need to know
to get up to speed on Koenigsegg.
(8-bit music)
As Christian Koenigsegg tells it,
his need for speed began
at the tender age of five
when he saw Flaklypa Grand Prix,
a stop-motion animated movie
in which a bicycle repairman
builds a race car with the
help of some animal friends
and wins the big race against
a world-class Formula One driver.
That’s a real movie, look it up
At that moment, Koenigsegg knew that
he wanted to start his own car company,
but he was five, so
that dream had to wait.
Undeterred, he started driving anyway,
and just a year later, he took
his first go-kart for a spin.
To this day, he refers
to those initial moments
behind the wheel as the best of his life.
By the time he was
eight, he had torn apart
and rebuilt a motorcycle, and
just a few years after that,
he had a fleet of rebuilt and
roadworthy mopeds for sale.
That’s right, Koenigsegg became
a used moped salesman at 15.
For Koenigsegg, the hits
just kept on coming.
He knew he had to get a lot of money
from somewhere to start a car company,
and eventually landed on an idea
that helped him build what
he had always imagined.
What helped him make his fortune?
Koenigsegg became a frozen chicken tycoon.
He created a company in
which he did little more
than buy things and
sell them for a profit.
In 1994, with nothing to
lose and everything to gain,
he created the Koenigsegg car company.
So, how does a guy from Sweden,
who’s new to the competitive
market of supercars
make himself known as
somebody to be reckoned with?
By creating a compact,
agile mid-engine car
with a removable and stowable
hardtop that didn’t yet exist.
He figured that with
the money he had amassed
in trading bags and chickens,
he could find the right people
to help him build his first
prototype within a year,
a timeline he now admits was
more than a little ambitious.
– Looking back at that, that
was, of course, insanity.
– He came up with the
company’s first prototype,
the Koenigsegg CC in 1996.
But it took another six years to sell
the first pre-series production model,
the Koenigsegg CC8S, which
featured the short overhangs,
larger air intakes, and mid-engine design
Koenigsegg had drawn up
in the early nineties.
With the CC8S just two weeks away
from showing at the
Geneva Motor Show in 2003,
a fire engulfed the Koenigsegg factory.
But all was not lost!
Staffers who were onsite
at the time of the blaze
managed to save the cars.
That’s love, I wouldn’t
save (bleeps) from a fire.
Not even Bart or Nolan.
The fire was a small bump in the road
as Koenigsegg rolled onto great success.
Guinness proclaimed the
CC8S’s 655 horsepower engine
made it the world’s most
powerful production car ever!
And Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson
was similarly blown away
by what Koenigsegg had
accomplished, calling the CC8S his
favorite supercar in fierce competition.
Koenigsegg proved his
fledgling car company
was on solid footing against older,
more established supercar brands.
From 2004 to 2006, the
company produced the CCR,
which featured an upgraded body design.
The CCR’s twin supercharged
engine topped that of the CC8S
at a whopping 806 horsepower.
And it too broke records as it became
the fastest production car in the world.
It also took the Top Gear lap record
with a time that stood for over two years.
The next model, the CCX
made it’s debut in 2006
and while it had all
the bells and whistles
of earlier Koenigseggs,
it was a new direction
in automotive superiority
for the car company.
It was in that year that
Koenigsegg truly went global,
as the CCX was the first
model to be sold in the US.
It even set another record
on the Top Gear test track,
where it reached speeds
of 196 miles per hour,
and that record stayed in
place for the next seven years.
Like an automotive Superman,
Koenigsegg was not only
interested in speed,
but saving the planet,
and continues to release green versions
of the models he introduces.
In 2007 he launched the CCXR,
the first ever green
hyper car in the world.
Sure, the CCXR ran on gas,
but it was also calibrated to
run on E85 and E100 biofuel.
The CCX and CCXR edition models
followed in 2008
and featured clear carbon
bodies, 11 spoke wheels,
bespoke aerodynamics and
specifically tuned suspensions.
The CCXR Edition’s output
remained at 1,004 horsepower,
but the CCX’s was up to 876 horsepower,
and again, Koenigsegg set
several new speed records.
And a performance benchmark
of zero to 300 to zero
kilometers an our in just 29.2 seconds
and accelerated from zero
to 200 kilometers an hour
in 9.3 seconds.
I don’t know how fast that
is, ’cause I’m American,
and I don’t know what
a (beeps) kilometer is.
– You naive American man-boy.
– The CCXR Trevita and
the CCXR Special Edition
were up next in 2009.
The Trevita had an exclusive limited run
with just two cars created
due to technical problems,
but the car had a body made entirely
of proprietary material consisting
of diamond-coated carbon fiber.
The Trevita and the Special Edition models
were very limited runs,
as were most of
Koenigsegg’s earlier models,
but they paved the way
in design and creation
for Koenigsegg’s most ambitious model yet.
In 2010 Koenigsegg introduced the supercar
that would change the
game forever, the Agera.
Designed with former models in mind,
it added to the tradition of
a bigger and better supercar
with new features including
a wider front track,
newer styling, aerodynamics and interiors.
It also featured a five
liter, twin turbo v8
and a seven speed dual
clutch transmission.
The Agera was everything Christian
imagined his Koenigsegg could be,
but being the enterprising genius he is,
he knew that he could
make something better.
In 2014 Koenigsegg bestowed
the One:1 on the world.
The most exclusive production car
ever imagined in the industry.
The One:1 had a power to
weight ratio of one to one.
That’s twice as good as a Bugatti Veyron.
It made 1,011 pound feet of torgue
and ran on normal
gasoline, race fuel or E85.
The six production
models made were sold out
before it even made it’s official debut.
It paved the way for the
next generation of sports car
by building on the highest
performance standard
of any car manufacturer to date.
The Agera continued production until 2017.
Going out in a blaze of glory
by cementing it’s legend
on a dusty stretch
of closed Nevada highway.
Powered by an engine that
produced 1,160 horsepower
and 944 pound feet of torque
it reached a top verified speed
of 277.87 miles per hour,
– Are you sure about that?
(“Frolic” by Luciano Michelini)
Making it the fastest
production car in the world.
So, where does Koenigsegg go from there?
In 2015 he introduced the
Regera Hybrid Hyper Car
which utilizes a twin turbocharged
v8, three electric motors
and gearless Koenigsegg direct drive.
So, it too can reach speeds
of over 250 miles an hour.
The company plans to
produce 80 of the cars
and even though they have yet
to leave the production line,
they’re already sold out.
Christian von Koenigsegg
is someone I look up to.
He never gave up, he saw
what he wanted to do,
and he went after it with all he had.
He didn’t settle for less, he
didn’t settle for good enough,
he wanted his cars to be better
than the establishment in every way.
– Why would you buy a car from
a small, obscure Swedish car manufacturer?
Because no one else can
do what we’re doing.
If you want that, you
can’t get it anywhere else.
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100 Replies to “Koenigsegg – Everything You Need to Know | Up to Speed”

  1. Cant find a Koenigsegg to show, a Honda Civic R will absolutely be an adequate replacement. How I long for the day when celebs with ridiculous cars are in line to throw them to James to show off for proper B2B and EYNTK episodes.

  2. koeninsegg might be swedish, but it was inspired by norwegians, designed by norwegians and norwegians even helped him start the company. and hes just sitting there saying this car swedish

  3. 0:44 the name of that movie is Flåklypa Grand Prix. Its a Norwegian movie from 1975. I know that because im Norwegian.

  4. I got to see the record 284 mph record broken. I have the video on my phone and everything. Had no idea that it was a record just pulled over to watch and filmed it😂

  5. And the top speed record is broken by Bugatti in a prototype car that will most likely be the Chiron Super Sport. Which hit 304mph.

  6. @Donut Media Tell me more about it! The specs such as the tires, the amount of fuel burning per mile, and how should it be taken car of.

  7. It’s kind of weird and inexplicable to me how no one really seems to care about the Regera. I’ll be so interested to see what kind of things there are to say about the Regera 10 years from now. The true inside stories behind any car, successful or unsuccessful or marginal, typically don’t arrive until much later.

  8. “Flak flypa” i have never been more offended in my entire life, it’s Flåklypa, eh use google translate to listen to it

  9. Tur som fan att snuten inte rotade runt I hans Moppe försäljning. Såsom han bygger bilar idag så tvivlar jag på att hans mopeder va original

  10. Average highway speed in Canada is 100 kph, which is 60 mph. 200 is fucking fast, and 300 is a quarter way to the land speed record.

  11. 5:23 EXACTLY!!! 😁😁😁😁😁💪💪💪💪💪💪😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆 and my smug entitlement wont let my lazy ass do the math 😁😁😁😁😁

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