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Christian von Koenigsegg founded the company that bares his name in 1994, when he was 22 years old. It took them two years to finish their first car, which used an unmodified 4.2-liter Audi V8. The hallmarks are all there: the dihedral doors, the removable roof panel and wrap-around windscreen, extensive use of carbon. Koenigsegg's first proper production car was the CC8S. First orders were taken at the Paris Motor Show in 2000, and the six cars Koenigsegg went on to build were delivered in 2002 and 2003. The engine was loosely based on a Ford V8, but comprehensively reworked by the Swedes for a total output of 655bhp. In 2004, the 806bhp CCR had different bodywork, bigger tryes and brakes, an upgraded chassis and revised suspension. Koenigsegg built 14 in all. Its 241mph run at Nardo in February 2005 would have taken the McLaren F1's world production car speed record had more been produced. As it turned out, Bugatti took the honours with the Veyron later that year. In 2006, Koenigsegg introduced a completely new car, with very few components carried over - and that's including the Ford-derived V8 that had, until the CCX, powered all production Koenigseggs. The CCX Edition, of which two were built, added power, aero and trim, and the CCXR was tuned to run on bioethanol (for 1,018bhp). The standard Agera arrived in 2011, with its 5.0-litre turbocharged engine (developed in-house), seven-speed paddleshift gearbox and even cleverer aero. The Agera RS, was officially the world's fastest car, thanks to a 277.9mph run on a closed road in Nevada. In 2016, they announced the Koenigsegg Regera, the Swedish firm's 1479bhp, 1465lb ft, 250mph hybrid hypercar. At the heart of the Regera sits broadly the same 5.0-litre twin turbo V8 as you'll find in the back of an Agera RS, but to give it a little extra something, there's also the small matter of three electric motors as well. Koenigsegg unveiled an all-new megacar - the Koenigsegg Jesko - at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show. Jesko inherits the mantle left by the Agera RS as the leading track-focused, road-legal car for those looking for the ultimate in vehicle performance.

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