If you’re wondering where the next chapter in #Build128 is hiding, I can tell you it’s in the works. There were two things that slowed the public’s perception of progress on chassis #7128. The first was the Geneva Motor Show. The second was some amazing detail work being applied to chassis #7127, which you’re about to see right now.

#7127 has been the recipient of some incredible gold leaf treatment courtesy of Ettore ‘Blaster’ Callegaro. Ettore is a master at custom detailing for all sorts of vehicles with a particular love for motorcycles. He specialises in hand-drawn pinstripes and detail work and has been known to draw up to 1000 meters worth of lines on a vehicle (when the job calls for it). Working with gold leaf is another one of Ettore’s specialties.

This isn’t Ettore’s first job for Koenigsegg. Many of you will be familiar with a Koenigsegg called the Hundra. Built to celebrate our 100th chassis, the Hundra also featured plenty of gold-leaf and it was Ettore who did the work to make that car look so special.

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Watching Ettore work is a masterclass in craftsmanship. The sheets of gold leaf are extremely fine, less than the width of a human hair. They come on a tissue paper backing.

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What follows is a very simplistic description of a very complex and time consuming process…..

Glue is applied to the area that’s going to receive the gold leaf. The gold leaf itself isn’t applied until the glue has dried a little. It’s a lot easier to work with when it’s tacky rather than in any way runny.

On large or continuous surfaces, the golf leaf is applied by laying the sheet over the glued area and then removing the portion that isn’t in touch with the glue.

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When he’s finished applying the gold leaf, Ettore uses a tool about the size of a cork from a bottle of wine, or champagne. It has a piece of material on the bottom and Ettore twists this area against the gold leaf to create this ‘turned’ finish.

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That turned finish features prominently over the whole car wherever larger, flatter surfaces get the gold treatment.

There are a number of small pieces getting gold as well, such as the badges, air vents and more. For these pieces, the gold leaf is brushed away from its backing sheet and brushed on to the piece. It’s a strange process to watch as the leaf is so thin it almost acts like water when it’s brushed on to the tacky, glued surface.

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#7127 is going to look amazing when it’s done. All of our cars look amazing but it’s the personal touches that our customers put into them that make each car unique.

Enjoy the rest of the photos. Click to enlarge.

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23 comments

  1. Comment by kacperro97

    kacperro97 March 28, 2016 at 15:33

    Wow it looks so amazing😍

  2. Comment by Prashanth Swaminathan

    Prashanth Swaminathan March 28, 2016 at 15:45

    This is going to take many people’s breath away :^)

  3. Comment by Kris Singh

    Kris Singh March 28, 2016 at 15:48

    Stunning!! I love the gold leaf! It’s a beautiful look!!

    • Comment by Robert

      Robert March 28, 2016 at 16:07

      Maybe something for your Huayra or Veneno?☺

  4. Comment by Robert

    Robert March 28, 2016 at 16:10

    Hundra + golden rims + white leather seats = perfect

  5. Comment by Martin

    Martin March 29, 2016 at 14:57

    I working like that to create almost every pictures and letters on the stone. It’s not that hard, but how you protecting that from the bad weather conditions?

    • Comment by Steven Wade

      Steven Wade April 6, 2016 at 13:42

      Martin, all of the gold leaf work will be covered in clear coat along with the rest of the car so it’s fully protected from scratches or the weather.

  6. Comment by Ettore Blaster

    Ettore Blaster March 29, 2016 at 15:43

    Thank You Koenigsegg!

  7. Comment by cesar

    cesar March 29, 2016 at 16:55

    Insane job. A little question, how many hours Ettore spent in #7127?

    • Comment by Steven Wade

      Steven Wade April 6, 2016 at 13:41

      Ettore was here for two weeks completing this work.

      • Comment by Jordan Kwan

        Jordan Kwan April 7, 2016 at 00:13

        Please Mr. Wade, I know you can see what us Koenigsegg fans had to say in this comment thread about salomondrin and the holy trinity. All we need is an answer from someone we can trust at Koenigsegg.

  8. Comment by Jordan Kwan

    Jordan Kwan March 31, 2016 at 23:05

    Dear Mr. Christian Von Koenigsegg (or whoever else that may read this from Koenigsegg)

    I just watched a video on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pz5nI_44SyQ with Alejandro (Salomondrin as you may know him) and apparently your cars are magically disappearing from Koenigsegg owners that are available to Alejandro just a couple of days before they are ready to film the holy trinity against a Koenigsegg at Yas Marina. Alejandro says if you guys at Koenigsegg drop out of the film he’ll count it as an automatic loss. I would hate to see Koenigsegg pull out of this “friendly competition” because not only because i absolutely love all your cars, and everything about Koenigsegg, but also because i just want to see this amazing event happen (and just about everyone on earth). I believe your cars will do extremely well against the holy trinity. I am aware the One:1 has the current records for 0-300-0 kph, spa and suzuka lap times and beats the holy trinity for almost anything, but seeing it actually battling out on track all together is just so different. So please, I beg you Koenigsegg, to please please please just let this happen, I am begging on my knees.

    -Jordan Kwan

  9. Comment by Cloxxki

    Cloxxki April 1, 2016 at 00:32

    I would like to second Jordan Kwan’s plee.

    I, too, am a great Koeningsegg fan, but very hungry to get to see the ultimate high performance car actually be taken for a good lap. The Agera range has come and gone without it happening, at least properly.

    Such a serious lap time needs to be against worthy challengers. Alejandro has just this lined up for us. A project born from the love for supercars. Without Koenigsegg represented, the so-called Holy Trinity will will have an empty win to divide between them.
    Fairest would be to have the 3 race against a mostly contemporary Agera R. An RS would probably win too easily, let alone One:1 if avaible. For the record, I want to see the fastest possible car. Regera’s development car is much newer, being an engineering response to these 3, and I actually believe it has a good chance at being quicker despite being more GT and less track. And the driver at hand should more easily get the best lap time from Regera than from Agera RS? I am just guessing.

    Most important: please pracctice good sportsmanship, and reach out to a customer whether they’d consider helping this non-profit production out. Have their car displayed in all its glory. The production quality is exceptional, as can be seen from their earlier episodes. Your car will get a very fair shot to do its thing, no doubt in my mind about that.

    Please, do it for all your fans who’ll never affort your cars, or even any sportscar. We want to see a Koenigsegg stretch its legs, and make a statement in this impartial car-loving setting.

    Thank you.

    • Comment by eddy

      eddy April 5, 2016 at 18:43

      I totally support these guys, Egg should be part of the Holy Trinity and if your car is as good as it’s advertised you should not have any problem beating the 918 spyder.

  10. Comment by couper underwood

    couper underwood April 1, 2016 at 14:57

    Hi Mr Koenigsegg.

    i have watched the video Salomondrin posted talking about Koenigsegg vs the holy trinity. i know that this topic is a very touchy one at Koenigsegg but the thing is a comparison against the holy trinity in impossible to avoid because of the figures of the cars. As Salomondrin said ” just do it for the kids”. Also in a post by you the Koenigsegg Agera rs or the R for that reason is faster that even the fastest of the holy trinity. Since this would be putting the company reputation on the line of being innovators in technology. Either way in my eyes this company’s cars will always be the best in the world.

    for all of the fans around the wourld with out the money to buy even the scale models in your shop do it for them so we can say that “our” cars are faster than all of theirs.

    thanks for your time
    Couper Underwood

    • Comment by Murs

      Murs April 6, 2016 at 23:17

      Dito, want to see this 😉

  11. Comment by Leonardo V de Anda

    Leonardo V de Anda April 2, 2016 at 05:24

    man i love the hundra, i hope if i cant get one in time some regera owners gets agold leaf theme going on. it looks amazing, that man is an artist and he did a great job on #100 and is sure doing the same on #127. i look forward to the rest of #128, koenigsegg as a whole, and a close future of me doing business with you.

  12. Comment by Sam

    Sam April 6, 2016 at 17:43

    Dear Mr Koenigsegg,

    As a Koenigsegg fan I lost my mind hearing that a test against the hybrid trinity, organised by Salomondrin, was possible. He wants you to do it for the kids. We are the kids, the fans. We, as fans, don’t see many tests of our favourite Hypercar/Megacar.

    To whoever reads this please consider doing something with Salomondrin and cupgang on April 17th at Yas Marina.

    KoenigseggisLIFE

    Sam from South Africa

    • Comment by Borat

      Borat April 7, 2016 at 11:32

      Please stop spamming this forum with these silly requests.

      • Comment by Nimalan Rajagopalan

        Nimalan Rajagopalan April 10, 2016 at 12:31

        You sure about that mate? I think it’s a great idea.

  13. Comment by Michael B

    Michael B April 7, 2016 at 15:24

    Im with all of the guys above. I own a 1:18 scale One:1 and am proud of it. Due to recent email conversations, Oscar probably knows me pretty well by now😁 and I love all of the work that your company does. Even if you guys were to lose this competition, which would not happen, I would still see you as the best company in the world and stand behind you 100 percent. I am also completely sure that everyone else would to. Th quote Alejandro, who quoted Mark Wahlberg, “Do it for the kids, man. Do it for the f**kin kids.” Please.

  14. Comment by Nimalan Rajagopalan

    Nimalan Rajagopalan April 11, 2016 at 15:15

    Hey Mr. Koenigsegg!

    Sorry for my lateness, I didn’t know what to think for a while when I realized that the Agera S Hundra actually had gold leaf on it’s body, existing under a thin layer of clear coat. Watching Mr Callegaro at work really is a sight to behold. I mean, one has to have incredibly stiff and static hands to work with gold leaf, hands, which are probably even steadier than a professional photographer’s hands! I wonder how much the value takes a jump in Koenigsegg if it has gold leaf on it? And that cork-knurled finish! It looks, if possible, even richer with that texture!

    Maybe, a multi-billionaire will one day look at the Hundra or the finished Chassis #7127 and ask you, “Can I get one of your cars in a full-body gold-leaf wrap?” Man! Now that would be spectacular, even to imagine.

    And last but never the least Mr. Koenigsegg, I couldn’t help but take notice of Jordan Kwan’s comment and in it, Alejandro’s video about how Koenigsegg, as his video is titled, questioning if Koenigsegg is scared of the holy trinity and in the end asks for some support in convincing the Koenigsegg owners to lend them their cars for a comparison in the UAE. I have thought long and hard about how to comment on this and here are my thoughts on it.

    I personally think that the people who own Koenigsegg’s works of art are not in the least scared, but cautious of their cars, because they do not know what the final outcome may be. To me, it all lies in how the comparison is done in Yas Marina, how safe and fair it is carried out, and what response this endeavor will receive once it is all over. It even extends to how much it will cost, especially to the owners and those who rent the track. These factors can easily be settled to everyone’s convenience, in my opinion. And from this point of view, I heartily support Koenigsegg in this comparison and ask the Koenigsegg owners and the Company just like Jordan, Cloxxki, Eddy, Couper, Murs, Sam and Michael, to please give your consent to let this test be carried out, in the name of fair competition and pure love for cars! It would also prove Mr. Koenigsegg’s point on how their cars never lose ground against the Holy Trinity, as stated by Mr. von Koenigsegg(or was it Mr. Wade?) in November 20th last year.

    On the other hand, the owners might just have a proper reason to shoot down all of my points mentioned above, and reasons of their own as well. In any case, they reserve the final decision on whether to lend their cars or notJordan, Cloxxki, Eddy, Couper, Murs, Sam and Michael, to please give your consent to let this test be carried out, in the name of fair competition and pure love for cars(also to crush the competition…LOL)! It would also prove Mr. Koenigsegg’s point on how their cars never lose ground against the Holy Trinity, as stated by Mr. von Koenigsegg(or was it Mr. Wade?) on November 20th last year.

    On the other hand, the owners might just have a proper reason to shoot down all of my points mentioned above, and reasons of their own as well. In any case, they reserve the final decision on whether to lend their cars or not.

    After all is said and done though, I still lean towards the former point of view and wish to see all the cars thundering down Yas Marina on the 17th. If it happens, great! If not……perhaps you guys at Koenigsegg would let us know why?

    Thanks!
    Hoping for a reply,
    Nimalan S. R.

    • Comment by Nimalan Rajagopalan

      Nimalan Rajagopalan April 11, 2016 at 15:18

      Gaah! That 5th paragraph was butchered! And unnecessary!
      Sorry Mr. Wade!

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