my name is Christian von Koenigsegg I'm 40 years old 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 jets water their symbol a ghost is now proudly painted on the back of every exit
the first thing you see when you see any car and especially accounting say of course this is the outside of the car we actually do all our 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 of 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 panel's 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 is going to be a 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 hundred so very happy that we're getting to the point of almost of having built hundred cars it's not far off a lot of the work in the paint process ISM is about masking making sure you don't get paint or clear coat where it's not supposed to be especially if we have these more complex body parts with clear coat carbon with pinstriping on and so on it's 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 on onto part so what we're seeing here is this hand cutting of masking tape here we can see a rear bonnet in in process there's all masked up you can see these these vents here 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 and just plain white so this is probably halfway through the process right now
one important reason for a car that it's a collector collectible item or or that will last for a very 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 in 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 a nice flat finished surface with basically no orange peel whatsoever let's say large car manufacturers they're happy to build in a little bit of orange peel too to make sure that any imperfection underneath the the the paint does not drop from the panels that not show through it's kind of hidden with the orange peel effect but but we don't want any such excuses and and we we spend the time basically to flatten the top surface of of the clear coat to get the kind of wet look and as the clear coat is so thick it's also very deep look to have this amount of clear coat on a car actually adds a little bit of weight which we're very wary of but still it's it's I would say its 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 dollar finish with the orange peel and this particular car we're looking at this is one of the more extreme one that's that's actually a visible carbon fiber skin through the clear coat and not only that the clear coat is is tinted with a green tint and not only that actually it's even multicolored because here we have the kind of the normal carbon fiber look with just a clear coat on top of it and here we have a tinted clear coat and in between we have a pearl effect stripe and what's pretty amazing is that these layers of course done step by step and at different times to get this effect and still when it when you feel it here there is no step whatsoever in the surface and to get that kind of result with these different colorings and layers and in inlays of colors without having any kind of side effect showing up take takes a massive amount of work so just polishing all the parts in the car after painted during paint actually we have seven layers of clear coat but but that this whole polishing process is about 200 hours per car
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Episode 3 of 9, Painting a Million Dollar Hypercar
Inside Koenigsegg provides for the first time, a look behind the scenes at Koenigsegg and examine how innovation within the highest echelon of sports car manufacturers will affect the broader automotive world. Company founder and principal, Christian Von Koenigsegg, hosts this nine-part series, which was produced at Koenigsegg headquarters in Angelholm, Sweden.
In the third episode, Christian Von Koenigsegg explains the methodology of the 200+ hour paint process that is unique to the Koenigsegg line.