Million-Dollar Paint Job – /INSIDE KOENIGSEGG

Million-Dollar Paint Job – /INSIDE KOENIGSEGG

My name is Christian
Von Koenigsegg. I’m 40 years old, and for half
of my life I’ve been on the quest to be a leader in the
hypercar industry, utilizing Swedish design, combined with
visionary technical solutions. Our latest car, the Agera R, is
built in the old hangars of a former Swedish fighter
jet squadron. Their symbol, a ghost, is now
proudly painted on the back of every Koenigsegg. [MUSIC PLAYING, ENGINE
REVVING] The first thing you see when
you see any car, and especially a Koenigsegg,
of course, is the outside of the car. We actually do all our painting
of the carbon fiber pieces here, in house to make
sure we have full control of something that is
very critical. There are so many different ways
of applying a clear coat or paint to a car that we really
feel that we want to control that process as it
is an integral part of what the car is. So this is our body
pre-fit station. Prior to that the panels
go into the paint shop. Here we make sure everything
lines up perfect. If you look at the front of this
car, it’s going to have a clear carbon center section. But here it’s going
to be paint. So you can actually see
different types of carbon fiber, depending if it’s going
to be visible carbon or not. As we don’t want this kind of
heavy fabric weave underneath a painted surface, because it
can give print-through, through the paint over
years of time. This is actually chassis
number 99. And over there, we have
chassis number 100. So we’re very happy that we’re
getting to the point of almost having built 100 cars. It’s not far off. A lot of the work in the paint
process is about masking, making sure you don’t get paint
or clear coat where it’s not supposed to be. Especially if you have these
more complex body parts with clear-coat carbon, with
pinstriping on, and so on. Probably the most time-consuming
part is the masking process. On and off, many times on each
panel, to get all the different layers, colors, and
schemes onto the parts. So what we’re seeing here is
hand cutting of masking tape. Here we can see a rear
bonnet in process. It’s all masked up. You can see these vents here
are all covered, because they’re going to be clear
carbon carbon fiber. Also the center part, here, this
here is also clear carbon carbon fiber, while this is a
solid white paint that’s going to get sanded down
a little bit. And then another layer of–
well, the finishing layer is actually a pearlescent layer,
to get a deeper, more interesting effect of white
than just plain white. So this is probably halfway
through the process right now. One important [INAUDIBLE] for
a car that is a collectible item, or that will last for a
very long time, and many, many years, is that you have a
durable paint finish. And I would say also that the
clear coat layer on top of the paint is thick enough to take a
lot of polishing and rubbing and buffing, without becoming
too thin over time. So the clear coat layer on our
car is about 150 microns thick, which is about three
times thicker than you would find on a normal car. What that enables is that when
we polish the car here, we can already make it a really nice
flat finish surface, with basically no orange
peel whatsoever. Let’s say large car
manufacturers, they are happy to build in a little bit of
orange peel to make sure that any imperfection underneath the
paint, from the panels, does not show through. It’s hidden with the
orange peel effect. But we don’t want any
such excuses. And we spend the time,
basically, to flatten the top surface of the clear coat
to get the wet look. And as the clear coat
is so thick, it’s also very deep looking. To have this amount of clear
coat on a car actually adds a little bit of weight, which
we are very wary of. But still, I would say it’s
weight in the right place. And we’re only talking one, one
and a half kilos in total, to have this type of finish,
compared to a standard, duller finish with orange peel. And this particular car we’re
looking at is one of the more extreme ones, as it has actually
a visible carbon fiber skin through
the clear coat. And not only that, the
clear coat is tinted with a green tint. And not only that, actually,
it’s even multicolored. Because here we have the normal
carbon fiber look with just a clear coat on top of
it, and here we have the tinted clear coat. And in between we have a
pearl effect stripe. And what’s pretty amazing is
that these layers, of course, are done step by step
at different times to get this effect. And still, when you feel it
here, there’s no step whatsoever in the surface. And to get that kind of result
with these different colorings and layers and inlays of colors,
without having any kind of side effect
showing up takes a massive amount of work. So just polishing all the
parts in the car, after paint– during paint. Actually, we have seven
layers of clear coat. But this whole polishing
process is about 200 hours per car. So it’s pretty extreme. [MUSIC PLAYING]

100 thoughts on “Million-Dollar Paint Job – /INSIDE KOENIGSEGG

  1. So what we are looking at is the literal translation of "You get what you pay for". Perfection is what you get when you buy this car… and that's impressive as hell.

  2. I love that green. Their level of engineering is outstanding. This is a fighter jet of cars, the thing that inspire dreams!

  3. At 5:30, I was about to say if he's worried about the weight of two extra layers of paint, and I understand he want to shave off any weight and make it as light as possible.

  4. THIS AUTOMOBILE HAS THE SAME PROBLEM  we've always had,rubber,keep your eyes on the tires,they're always smoking,we have all the power we need,had it since the 50's it s the tires that is archaic,build the best handling systems means nothing if you can't get it to the ground,beautiful car,extreme design,rubber tires 1910 materials,inflation is the reason we are talking millions

  5. Hate to say it but if Armstrong Motorworks was still building cars this would be a slug in the rough,how disapointing to see such a budget and such a poorly made car,come on get your act together dont show off unless you have something to show,this car has no soul its just a cookie cut car,put real creative energy in it comes back but computer designs have no life,look at mr duntov thats heart he put in his cars and you feel it today if you see his designs,no heart in your design ,dissspointing

  6. I live half way between Mr Koeingsegg and Mr. Pagani and I never ever will afford one of their cars, not even by approximation, but…

    …even when the weather and also the food is better in the south. Go away short grown Spagetti, with your tawdrily AMG Merc offcut, your interior locks as it has tumours and in proportion your cars bottom is as fat as a female Murican Burger King emloyees' ass.

    See, this is sober but reasoned work, nordish work and an own engine. This is how it's done, without making a drama of every single valve cap but nevertheless love to the detail and perfection. Not that hysterical cissyish Sgetti nature.

    This is a car for grown guys, not for Richard Hammonds.

  7. I would love to see Larry from /DriveClean maybe work on one of these cars or even visit the factory. Both Larry and Christian have such attention to detail in what they love to do, it would make a great cameo between drive series 🙂 Anyone agree? Can we make it happen guys?

  8. Koenigsegg makes the best painted carbon fiber, that green carbon is amazing, also the trevita white carbon fiber is up there with the best I've seen, it's not just a paint job, is pure art, really love Koenigsegg amazing engineering

  9. his head skin is as brilliant as his cars,,, i know a diferent way to not to have orange peel without polishing,,, it is … to be a good painter with a slow hardener in sweden… good conditions to paint with 3 layers in slow hardener condition.

  10. doing so much by hand I can't image how many jigs and fixtures each model requires so much dedication and perfection so awesome

  11. If I had a spare few million I would have to by a car from Christian. Just to sit in the factory and watch my car being built whilst he tells about the processes involved would be awesome.

  12. I wish I can shake this guys hand. He's one of the many CEOs that knows his business inside and out. He knows exactly what goes into these cars. He's pretty brilliant and someone to look up to as an entrepreneur.

  13. WOO…!! great work. must watch our video of top 10 fastest cars of the world 2018

  14. Glad to hear he pays respect to his employees saying that the process is very in depth. I bet those guys sweat bullets knowing they can't make a mistake!

  15. Talk about a WASTE of $1,000,000! 1/10 the cost for WHAT?!?! To COVER-UP that beautiful carbon fiber!?!?! Just sell a bare carbon model for $9,000,000. It's GORGEOUS bare!

  16. The music in the background totalky fucks up the entire video, & I really enjoy your videos , but this music has to go. It sounds like a guy has the hickups which is very very very annoying.

  17. Now that's what you call dedication. Every piece of those cars originate in his mind and he owns every fact about them.

  18. Art. Yes, it's artwork that'll go 200 MPH, but it's still art. It's lasting, durable, mind bending, fantastic art. Love the green one at the end. The pinstripe details, tinted carbon finish and such is wonderful.

  19. Some may wonder why they cost so much, after watching christien explain all the work that goes into his cars I wonder why they don't cost even more.

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