Christian von Koenigsegg

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Christian von Koenigsegg
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Christian Erland Harald von Koenigsegg

(1972-07-02) 2 July 1972 (age 49)
Stockholm, Sweden
Known forFounder and CEO of Koenigsegg Automotive
Height6 ft 1.2 in (1.86 m)
Halldora von Koenigsegg
(m. 2000)
Parent(s)Jesko Von Koenigsegg (father)
Brita Von Koenigsegg (mother)

Christian Erland Harald von Koenigsegg (born 2 July 1972[1]) is the founder and CEO of the Swedish high-performance automobile manufacturer Koenigsegg Automotive AB.

In 1994, Koenigsegg launched the "Koenigsegg project" which eventually became Koenigsegg Automotive AB.[2] Christian, together with designer David Crafoord, created a design concept following Christian's original sketches. The first prototype enabled the foundation of Koenigsegg Automotive AB.[3]

Koenigsegg and his wife, Halldora von Koenigsegg, are leading the company.

Early life[edit]

Christian von Koenigsegg is the son of Jesko von Koenigsegg, CEO of JK Energiteknik, and fashionista Brita Aasa. The von Koenigsegg lineage is attested from CE 1171 and originates in Swabia (see Königsegg for details).[4]

Von Koenigsegg grew up in Stockholm, and spent a year in high school in Danderyd before enrolling at Lundsbergs boarding school, and then studied economics at the Scandinavian School of Brussels. He showed an interest in cars from an early age, starting at the age of five when he watched the stop-motion film The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix, about a bicycle builder who built a racing car, Il Tempo Gigante.[5] When he was six years old, he drove a go-kart for the first time in his life, and he vividly recalls this as "one of the best days of his life".[6]


Christian von Koenigsegg has come up with many innovations and several of them are patented. To name a few - the click flooring system, the Triplex rear suspension,[7] the top mounted active rear wing system, the patented Koenigsegg synchro helix door actuation system, the patented rocket catalytic converter, the patented dual throttle compressor pressure relief system, the patented direct drive transmission, a patented hollow core composite production system, a patent pending dielectric coolant system and several patents for Freevalve — an innovation that uses electronics and air pressure to actuate intake and exhaust valves. This provides very high precision and unlimited timing control, instead of the traditional camshaft, allowing for engines to be much more efficient by reducing weight and size of engines, while making each cylinder able to be controlled independently, allowing for more complete combustion.[8]


  1. ^ "Christian Von Koenigsegg: Swedish Automotive Entrepreneur Legend (Part 1/4)". Car Throttle.
  2. ^ Christian, 5: Jag ska bygga en egen bil när jag blir stor, Aftonbladet, 12 June 2009 (Swedish)
  3. ^ "Christian von Koenigsegg, the man behind the world's fastest car | BBC News". BBC. Kim Gittleson. 25 April 2014.
  4. ^ Ointroducerad Adels Förening (2014). Ointroducerad Adel 2015. ISBN 978-91-637-6651-0.
  5. ^ "Koenigsegg Founder Tells The Story Of His "Stupid Business Idea"". MotorAuthority. John Coyle. 26 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-26. Retrieved 2013-02-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Inside Koenigsegg Explains The Triplex Suspension: Video". MotorAuthority. Kurt Ernst. 16 January 2013.
  8. ^ "YouTube".

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