If you’re seeing this on Facebook and you only click one of my posts now and then, this is the one for you. Set aside 30 minutes for this video and you’ll see car design and manufacturing on a whole new level.
I first met Christian von Koenigsegg at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2009. Back then, he was the face and name fronting a group that intended to buy Saab Automobile from General Motors. That deal fell through due to decision makers involved dragging their feet and the Koenigsegg Group becoming frustrated as they watched Saab’s value swirling down a sinkhole of bureaucracy.
In 2010 I visited Koenigsegg whilst on vacation in Sweden and I received a day-long tour much like the one you’ll see compressed into this 30-minute video. It’s a stunning insight into the vehicle design and manufacturing process and if you get the chance to see it up close and personal, even a boofhead like me can gain an understanding of the science behind the engineering. They take meticulous precision to a whole new level in the pursuit of automotive perfection. Proof? Just listen to the explanation behind the door hinges.
Race cars are built to go at astounding speeds for maybe up to eight hours at a time before being torn down and rebuilt. Koenigsegg cars are built to go at astounding speeds for months at a time between services. They really do amazing, mind-blowing things. I’d love to see regulations change to allow them to compete in endurance races like LeMans. I reckon they’d go very nicely indeed.
I’m so glad someone with the right camera equipment (and the confidence to do it) had a chance to record a tour like this. Well done to the Drive guys.
I hope you get two things out watching this: 1) an appreciation for how complex this industry is, especially at the hypercar level, and 2) a sense of just how down to earth and dedicated CvK is to his profession. He’s an incredible guy.
Grab a cuppa and a biscuit, sit back and enjoy the ride.
And for those who want a bit more, here’s my own ride with Christian in a CCX, back in 2010. There’s a shortened version, too, but the longer one’s got more conversation as we drive from the factory down to the airstrip. At just 7 minutes, it shouldn’t tax your schedule too much.
Zero to 200 and then back to zero – with no hands 🙂
Here’s one for the Saab people to think about…..
Take Christian’s brains, his dedication to finding and executing the right solutions and combine all that with a dedicated designer in Bard Eker and the funding they had behind them from other members of the Koenigsegg Group.
Apply all of that to a timely sale of Saab back in 2009.
The Swedish Government and GM have a lot to answer for. Yes, the Koenigsegg Group did make some errors along the way, but they were there and they were ready. It’s a sign of their seriousness in this deal that they felt compelled to pull out when their target deadlines were continually being pushed out.
What might have been.