The Swedish car manufacturer Koenigsegg Automotive AB is responsible for making a number of high performance vehicles over the years. Initially based in the town of Olofstrom, Koenigsegg recently moved to the town of Margretetorp, which is situated right outside of Angelholm.
In the year 1993, Christian Von Koenigsegg set out to form the company with the goal being to come up with a world class super vehicle. His car would be based on the high technology of Formula One, complete with a hard top, midConfiguration layout, and two seats. Koenigsegg himself drew the original design of the vehicle. He then handed his sketches in to David Crafoord, an industrial designer, with the intention of transforming the sketches in to a model on a 1:5 scale. In presenting the model, Crafoord added his own personal touches to the vehicle. Later, Sven Harry Akesson would utilize this model in a scaled up version to create the base plug for the prototype of the Koenigsegg vehicle, which was completed in the year 1996. For the next several years, the Koenigsegg prototype was tested extensively and went through several different models.
In the year 2002, the first Koenigsegg customer received their version of the CC8S, the first vehicle to be produced. The newest Koenigsegg automobiles are the CCX and the CCR.
Von Koenigsegg credits his inspiration to build a car with the Norwegian puppet film Pinchcliffe Grand Prix, which he had watched as a child. In his early 20s, Von Koenigsegg began running a company called Alpraaz in the Swedish capital of Stockholm. Thanks to that success of that business, Von Koenigsegg was able to raise enough money to start a new career as a car maker. The first Koenigsegg CC prototype was publicized in the year 1997. In the year 2000, the production prototype was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show.
Above - The Koenigsegg CCX, which is still regarded as one of the fastest production cara available, with a top speed of 214 MPH which was achieved on Italy's Nardo track.