When Koenigsegg first appeared at major car shows at the beginning of the current millennium, expectations were limited. Too many new manufacturers had already tried to gain a foothold in the car market with a sports car before. No one could have guessed what would happen in the following 20 years. In fact, the enterprising entrepreneur Christian von Koenigsegg not only managed to find the first customers for his cars. He also steadily expanded his production capacities and still continues to impress with ever new innovations. Only six examples of the CC 8S presented in Paris in 2000 were built until 2003. In the background, the Koenigsegg team was already working on a further developed car.
Fastest production car for three months
The CC 8S received an entry in the Guinness Book of Records as the most powerful production car at the time due to its 655 hp V8 supercharged engine. Its successor CCR presented in Geneva in 2004 easily surpassed this figure. With the same displacement of 4.7 liters, Koenigsegg now achieved 593 kW/806 hp and a maximum torque of 920 Nm. In combination with the manual six-speed transmission, it sprinted from a standstill to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds. It reached over 245 mph according to factory specifications. On the circular track at Nardó in Italy, the undulating asphalt on February 28, 2005, allowed it to reach 387.87 kph (241.011 mph). Three months later, Bugatti broke the barrier of 400 kph with the Veyron. This marked the beginning of the still ongoing feud over the world’s fastest production car, which Koenigsegg would soon like to conclude with the Jesko Absolut.
Modifications compared to the CC 8S
In addition to the extra power, the CCR received a new suspension, better brakes, a titanium exhaust and modified bodywork compared to the CC 8S. Koenigsegg didn’t change the basic dimensions by a millimeter. Fine-tuning of the shape, however, provided more downforce. A rear wing was available on request, and was fitted to most of the 14 CCR models built. The dihedral synchro-helix actuated doors, on the other hand, which open only slightly outward and then forward and upward, weren’t changed. Below the carbon-fiber body with its huge hoods, the carbon-fiber monocoque was retained. This made the car not only particularly torsionally stiff, but also one of the safest supercars in the event of an accident. A new feature was a special sticker on the huge hood.
How did the Ghost come to be?
The sticker shows a ghost, which was originally seen on the aircraft of the Swedish flying squadron “Johan Röd”. Koenigsegg had originally produced its cars on an old farm outside Ängelholm, which fell victim to a fire in early 2003. After some searching, he found the hangar of the aforementioned flying squadron at Ängelholm airport as a replacement production site. In addition, he was able to acquire an office building next to it and the military runway that was no longer in use. The latter has since served as a run-in and test track for new sports cars. Since members of the former squadron approved of the new use of their hangar for building supercars, they asked Christian von Koenigsegg to put their former mascot, the ghost, on his cars. All new cars that have been created there since then therefore display this additional logo.
Lava Orange as a popular paint color
The most frequently ordered paint color for the Koenigsegg CCR proved to be the presentation color. When the car first shown to the public at the 2004 Geneva Motor Show, it wore the color ‘Lava Orange’. In the end, six more customer cars were painted this way. However, the color shades differ slightly from one another because all the cars were painted by hand and the color was individually mixed beforehand. The Geneva presentation car bears the chassis number 011 and was used for various press photos after the show. Inside this CCR shows itself with black leather and Alcantara, including orange stitching. It wasn’t until May 23, 2006 that 011 changed hands to a Norwegian car collector who stored his sports cars in a French chateau.
011 goes under the hammer at RM Sotheby’s
By 2010, only just over 1,100 kilometers of total mileage had been accumulated. After the CCR was briefly for sale at the Auto Salon Singen, it subsequently turned up the at the classic car dealer Bratke in Düsseldorf and finally at Michael Fröhlich. After sitting in his showroom for quite a while, the supercar moved to Esser Automotive, the official Koenigsegg dealer in Alsdorf near Aachen. There, much-needed service work was carried out, as well as an upgrade to the eleven-spoke wheels of the successor model CCX. After a short while with a new owner, 011 is now up for auction at RM Sotheby’s as part of the Milan 2021 auction. Experts expect a hammer price of between € 720,000 and € 760,000.
Images: RM Sotheby’s, Keno Zache