|Location||Headquarters and factory:
Angelholm, Southern Sweden
sales around 10-20 cars.
From 2002 to the end of 2012, the company delivered 100 cars in total.
is an unlikely place for building supercars, but Christian von
Koenigsegg succeeded to put this country into the global map of
supercar creation. Koenigsegg CC series is not only among the fastest
cars in the world, but also built up to very high engineering and
quality standard. This make it so appealing to the richest customers in
the world. Its sky-high price, in the region of 1 million Euro, means
Koenigsegg does not need to produce many cars to survive.
However, Koenigsegg has yet to prove its sustainability beyond the CC series. Quandt, the 4-seat electric supercar displayed in 2009 Geneva motor show, might be the answer.
Koenigsegg locates in an ex-air force base at Angelholm of Southern Sweden. Its factory was converted from hangar, not the kind of sophisticated facilities you might expect for the supercar. Anyway, the runway allows it to perform high-speed testing, and the rich customers can easily arrive by helicopters.
was founded by young entrepreneur Christian von Koenigsegg in 1994,
when he was only 22. Early funding came from his wealthy family and
government loan allowed him to build the first CC prototype. As it was
publicized as the first ever Swedish supercar project, many Swedish
companies offered free help during its development. For example, Volvo
offered its wind tunnel and testing facilities while Saab engineers
helped tuning its engine. The car was conceived and designed by von
Koenigsegg himself, but soon he was able to hire some experienced sport
cars engineers and test driver to complete the job.
After 8 years of development, testing and homologation, the first customer car was finally delivered in 2002. In the first 2-3 years, Koenigsegg built only 6 cars as it lacked the reputation of established supercar makers. However, it kept improving the car no matter in performance or quality. When the 806-horsepower CCR lapped Nardo test track at 241 mph in 2005, breaking the long-standing speed record of McLaren F1, orders started flowing in. In the next two years, Koenigsegg built another 20 cars. By mid-2008, it had already delivered 60 cars to customers. The latest cars were sold at 1 million Euro each.
Together with Pagani, Koenigsegg was the only new supercar maker successfully established a sustainable business in the recent 20-30 years.