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 47)
Stockholm, Sweden
Known forFounder and CEO of Koenigsegg Automotive
Spouse(s)Halldora von Koenigsegg

Christian Erland Harald von Koenigsegg (born 2 July 1972) 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.[1] Designer David Crafoord provided a design concept following Koenigsegg’s guidelines. The prototype enabled the foundation of Koenigsegg Automotive AB.

Koenigsegg and his wife, Halldora von Koenigsegg, are active in the company's management.

Early life[edit]

Koenigsegg showed an interest in cars from an early age, starting at the age of five when he watched a stop-motion film, Flåklypa Grand Prix, about a bicycle builder who built a racing car, Il Tempo Gigante. 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".[2] His first summer job was at a Suzuki dealership outside of Stockholm, Sweden, cleaning cars. At around this time, his hobby was tuning mopeds and was well known in his area.


A novel idea of Koenigsegg is triplex suspension: a rear suspension system used in current Koenigsegg models that allows for maximum comfort and straight-line speed. It uses a transversely-mounted shock-absorber that connects the two rear wheels as well as independent suspension systems for each wheel.[3] Another innovation that the company is pursuing is free valve technology 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 technology for their cars, 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.[4]


  1. ^ Christian, 5: Jag ska bygga en egen bil när jag blir stor, Aftonbladet, 12 June 2009 (Swedish)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-26. Retrieved 2013-02-19.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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