Did you know he basically invented click-lock flooring as well as the fastest car on Earth?
After seeing Christian von Koenigsegg for the first time in a video with Supercar Blondie it struck me. This guy is super cool.
When you imagine a CEO of a world-renowned supercar company like Ferrari or Lamborghini or Koenigsegg, you imagine a boardroom executive in a suit who talks about projected growth and this fiscal year’s performance. On the contrary, there Christian was in jeans and a polo shirt laughing with Supercar Blondie about how his brand new 4-seat ‘Gemera’ has Isofix points for child seats.
Christian has the same energy that a small business owner has. He’s passionate about his projects and they come from the heart. There’s no feeling of ‘this guy’s trying to sell his supercars to keep investors happy’ – it’s like he’s just an artist who’s passionate about what he makes.
The story of Christian von Koenigsegg is as follows:
Christian was born in July 1972, making him 47 years old at the time of writing. During his teenage years he was known as ‘the best moped tuner in town’, then at 18 he tried to patent the Chip Player. The idea was that computer chips would be more effective at storing music in cars than CDs were and could also store much more music. He eventually gave up as no one showed interest but little did he know that storing music digitally rather than on discs would soon become the norm.
At just 19 years old, he invented a new joining method for wooden flooring called ‘Click’ which as you may have guessed, allowed flooring planks to be joined with a click and didn’t need any glue or nails. Again, this fell through after his idea was dismissed by his father-in-law and several floor manufacturers. Four years later, the same idea was patented and is now pretty much the norm in flooring solutions, with the patent likely making the holders a lot of money.
Finally, at 22 years old he started work on the first Koenigsegg car, the ‘CC’ and the rest is history. Christian is an innovator who did not only just come up with digital music players in cars and click-lock flooring before either were adopted by the masses, but also created the fastest car in the world, the Koenigsegg Agera RS, which broke the record in 2017 with a top speed of 277.87 mph.
The Agera RS is still currently the official record holder, although some may argue the unofficial record-holder is the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+, even though the car used unique tyres and a modified longtail body and only broke the record in one direction rather than the stipulated two-way requirement.
Now, Christian von Koenigsegg has shaken the world once again with his incredible innovation. The Koenigsegg Gemera breaks the mould in many ways and achieves things that no supercar has.
It’s a four-seat hypercar which is a world first. Despite having four seats, it still has a mid-engine design and has all-wheel drive, all-wheel torque vectoring, and all-wheel steering.
The real game-changer in this car, though, is the TFG. The ‘Tiny Friendly Giant’ is the name given to the 2.0-litre 3-cylinder engine that somehow through the power of Christian’s genius, produces 600 horsepower. Using Koenigsegg’s own Freevalve technology in place of a camshaft, each individual valve has the freedom to open independently. Oh, and did we mention it has Isofix points for child seats?
All in all, Christian von Koenigsegg is like the DaVinci of the car world. How many other CEOs of car companies can say that they invented click-lock flooring, digital car music readers, the fastest car in the world, the fastest 4-seater in the world and the most powerful 2.0-litre 3-cylinder engine in the world? Not many.
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