By: Gene Carla Chua
Every time I hear the words “sports car”, I think of a Bugatti, or a Ferrari, but I’ve heard of something else, something better. I am not really what you call a “car person”, but when I heard of this car, it certainly caught my attention. It is called Koenigsegg (cone-ig-seg). The name does sound profound, but that’s because it is a Swedish company based in Angelholm.
Koenigsegg is not just any other sports car. It is involved in green technology. The car runs both on gas and on ethanol. The company has also been active in some development programs, especially when it comes to plug in electric cars. The Koenigsegg is very durable. The body of the car is made wholly out of carbon fiber. Carbon fiber is a material containing strong crystalline filaments of carbon, and it is indestructible. Other than carbon fiber, the said car is also coated in six layers of paint. It is made sure that the car could make it through the most extreme conditions when running at 400km/h.
The car is very beautiful to the eye. This exterior design is not all for beauty though. The Koenigsegg is wind tunnel tested. “A Koenigsegg is sculpted by aerodynamic efficiency”. Other than its aerodynamic design, it is also sculpted to accommodate the powertrain, and the comfort that riders require.
Carbon fiber is an extremely light material and with its aerodynamic design, the Koenigsegg is definitely a speedy car. It could go from 0 to 186 mph in just 14.53 seconds and 0 to 200 mph in just 17.68 seconds. The Koenigsegg could no doubt beat Bugatti’s record. With that in mind, safety is a must. Again, it is built with lightweight material but balanced weight wise. These qualities will make the car more stable, predictable, and agile. The Koenigsegg, of course is equipped with all modern safety features that every driver would expect. It is unthinkable to try to break a car that is as beautiful and as expensive as a Koenigsegg, but this car has went through 18 different crash tests during the development stage.
The Koenigsegg is definitely a beautiful work of art and an amazing technology, but could you believe that it came from one man’s idea, or should I say a child’s idea. The company was founded in 1994 in Sweden by Christian von Koenigsegg. He got an idea to create a world class supercar since he was 5 years old. Christian was inspired by a stop motion video of a bicycle repairman who built his own race car.
This left an impression in him and as he grew up, Christian kept on dreaming to create the perfect sports car. At the young age of 22 years old, Christian turned his dream into reality. He explored the limits of technology and innovation to build the car of his dream. The first manifestation of his dream is the Koenigsegg CC. This car gave him the courage to continue creating more sports cars, in the quest to achieve perfection.
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