This is what the inside of the Koenigsegg factory looks like.
Nestled in the Northeastern corner of Sweden in the remains of an old Swedish air force base is Koenigsegg’s factory in Ängelholm, Sweden. What was once a hangar for the F 10 wing has since been converted into an assembly line for the world’s highest-performing hypercars.
On the outside, the factory looks like a plain brick building, low and flat with an air of old institutionality. The inside is very much different, with clean, white floors and walls that give it a clean, state-of-the-art look as you’d find in a factory that makes computer hardware.
Indeed, it’s pretty easy to confuse the two. Koenigsegg is filled with laptops and terminals examining every inch of their operation. Men wearing Koenigsegg-branded shirts all carry about their duties wearing either rubber gloves of with laptop in hand. The place is a bustling hive of activity.
We get our behind-the-scenes look courtesy of Top Gear’s Jack Rix who was invited to tour the factory and see the Jesko’s creation just before the Geneva Motor Show last month.
But first, Christian Von Koenigsegg himself shows up to tour the new Jesko. He shows us the $2.8 million hypercar in a state of less-than-assembled, and admits that even at $2.8 million at base, the Jesko is still only barely profitable.
And later you can see why. Everything is meticulously handcrafted using the latest in materials technology.
The carbon fiber wheels alone cost $65,000 each. It takes 50 hours of someone placing each carbon layer one on top of the other into an aluminum mold and then another 45 hours of curing in an oven at 120 degrees Celsius (or 248 degrees Fahrenheit) before it’s ready to have a tire put on. And even then, the tire weighs twice as much as the wheel rim itself.
It takes between 600 to 800 hours to build each Koenigsegg vehicle. With such labor intensity and attention to detail, it’s no wonder that every Koenigsegg is sold for millions of dollars.
You can watch the video to learn more about the engine. That’s a trip unto itself.