The End?

8 03 2010

Is this the end!? Yes it is. The weeks have gone by quickly and this part of my English C is coming to an end.

However, I have one last thing to talk about. Swedens maybe smallest but greatest car company, Koenigsegg.
Just a few months ago, they nearly bought one of our other, bigger car companies, Saab. But they never signed the deal.

Koenigsegg  was founded in 1994 by a swede named Christopher, no I mean Christian Von Koenigsegg. His goal was simple, he wanted to create a swedish supercar that could outperformance the fastest car at the time, the english made McLaren F1. His dreams came true in 2002 when he introduced the first street-legal Koenigsegg, the CC8S. At the launch, it was the fastest car that could be driven on the street thanks to it’s big 4.7 litre V8 motor with 655bhp and 752nm.

However, the german brand Bugatti created an even bigger monster which took down the CC8S from it’s throne. The Bugatti Veyron. Since then Koenigsegg hasn’t been able to create a faster car than the Veyron, which is the second fastest car today. They then released the CCR in 2004 which placed third in the competition. In 2007 Koenigsegg released an update of their old CCR called the CCXR with a monstrous engine, or what would you think of 4.8 litre V8 motor with 1018bhp and 1080nm?

But that’s not the most bad-ass model they have anymore…

At this years Car Motor Show in Geneve, Switzerland, Koenigsegg showed us their latest creation. The Agera.

The Koenigsegg team has done it once again! With a car that’s heavily based of the previous CCX but it’s lighter and has a improved engine with a top speed of 394km/h, 910bhp, 1098nm and it only weights 1287 kilos thanks to technique from airplanes like the petrol tank which is integrated in the chassis!

This is just small fragments of what Koenigsegg has accomplished during the launch since 1994. Who knows what they’ll come up with in the future?

And at last, thank you for coming to my blog, you’re always welcome to return. Who knows, I might write more entries?

Just to make sure, we don’t have any ice bears or penguins here, just a lot of snow. But maybe you’ve heard about the brutally dangerous Yeti? But let’s save that for another time.

//Christopher ”Alf” Alfredsson


Swedish Only

5 03 2010

Like most countries, Sweden has it’s own words that’s impossible to translate to another language since these things that the words describe probably only can be found in Sweden. Here’s some examples:

The Folköl – a special kind of beer that has between 2.8 – 3.5% of alcohol and only exists in Sweden.

Smörgåsbord – A Swedish style buffet with a lot of different types of traditional Swedish food. A rough translation would be Sandwichtable.

Smörgåstårta – Translates into Sandwich cake, but it has such a large amount of filling that it more resembles a cake.

Husmanskost – Swedish cuisine, all food that comes from Sweden.

And we could go on the entire day just writing about different Swedish bakery and dishes!

The Multicultural Sweden

1 03 2010

Here in Sweden, just as in any nation, we have our special
traits. However, it’s impossible to generalize a whole country, especially for Sweden which is a very multicultural country thanks to the high amounts of immigration. Some are against it, but if we didn’t have immigration, Sweden wouldn’t be the country it is today and most of us would still be eating meat with potatoes and brown sauce.

So I think it’s wrong to say that all Swedes loves sports, that all of us are blond, that we’re rich, good-looking and so on. It may have been easier to generalize like that back in the 50:s, but today it’s impossible to do something like that! Some of us likes sports, a few of us are blond, we’re practically unable to get rich because of high taxes and a small part of us are very good-looking. It’s like some of us Swedes thinks that all Mexicans wears sombreros, that Englishmen drinks tee at one o’clock or that all Americans eats McDonald’s four times every day. None of this is obviously true.

It’s just like the rest of the world, every individual is special in their own way and it’s a waste of time to believe the opposite. At least that’s my opinion.

Swedish sign in Swedish, English, Russian and Arabic.