Evan Horetsky - Koenigsegg signs Mr. Tesla

Koenigsegg continues to grow and is expanding for the new one a Gemer production in Ängelholm. The super sports car will then roll out of the halls from 2022. The target figures for Koenigsegg are downright gigantic. 150 pieces are to be produced per year. The high-priced Swedish manufacturer has never had such quantities before.

Production from 2022 - new Gemera
Production from 2022 - new Gemera

With increased production, a new era begins for the brand, which was founded in 1994. The necessary expansion of production poses challenges for those responsible, because the Gemera is a masterpiece of Swedish engineering.

It will be the first super sports car in the world to have an engine with FreeValve technology. Koenigsegg promises a consumption advantage of 15 to 20% compared to conventional combustion engines. The two electric motors of the Gemera are also an in-house development, they each provide 1.000 Newton meters. Components are manufactured in the former Saab factory in Trollhättan, but the sports car is produced in Ängelholm.

Mr. Tesla - the production specialist

Koenigsegg AB has committed Evan Horetsky to ensure that the quality of production meets the requirements even with increased quantities. Horetsky is a production specialist and an illustrious personality who is well known among fans of the Tesla brand.

He pioneered the electric car for 5 years. Horetsky drove the production preparation of the Model Y in Fremont, he oversaw the conversion of the Gigafactory in New York and the completion of the battery production in Nevada. Horetsky is considered loyal and discreet, the ideal Tesla employee, as a magazine once wrote about him.

Evan Horetsky - from Tesla to Koenigsegg
Evan Horetsky - from Tesla to Koenigsegg

He realized the Gigafactory in China in record time, and in 2020 he was the project manager responsible for building the new Tesla factory in Brandenburg. In October, Tesla surprisingly separated from Evan Horetsky, the reasons are unclear. And Horetsky is also silent about it, like his former employer.

He is now taking on production management at Koenigsegg as a new task. The numbers are smaller, but it's not the challenge. Koenigsegg super sports cars are highly complex products, and production is a challenge due to special materials and high-quality technology.

With the engagement of Evan Horetsky, Christian von Koenigsegg brings a proven expert on board. In addition to experience and expertise, he also brings some media attention to Ängelholm.

11 thoughts on "Evan Horetsky - Koenigsegg signs Mr. Tesla"

  • @ Aero.-93,

    Thank you for the flowers and your nice comment. But I'm afraid you are overestimating me and my options.
    I like to think & a lot. That's all. And if someone publishes an idea this way, like I did for single valve technology, then you know what's going on.

    Nobody wrote there who is either not really convinced of his idea himself or does not know how to implement and exploit it. At least the latter applies to me completely. There has to be so much honesty.

  • @Volvaab Driver
    Exciting / interesting detailed knowledge, which you intersperse here. Thank you.
    That too makes the blog so lively and interesting ...
    Wouldn't it be a possibility to talk to Prof. Dr. To exchange Fritz Indra about it ???
    He's a fan of opportunities for improvement that get by with LESS.
    Greetings from the North

  • @ StF,

    no, or yes. I was completely serious about my comments. Also the idea of ​​the single valve, which can also be a free single valve.

    @ Gerd Putschmann,

    Right. I am always fascinated by ship propulsion systems. But not all of it can be scaled. It's a world of its own in different speed ranges and dimensions. From the level of development of one world or the other, they both seem to me to be roughly the same, each in its own way.
    Both are also similar in that possible innovations threaten to be politically prevented and sunk. I think that's a shame. For reasons of technical interest alone, I would like to see what else is going on, on water and on land, and last but not least with waste ...

    I once heard an interesting report on a Finnish company on the radio that sells fuels for aviation, shipping and motor vehicles worldwide - as far as the USA and the JFK .. Kerosene with only 35% of fish heads, bones and other compost was still the unloved stepchild of this group, who (credibly) assured the reporter that 50 to 100% of waste could be supplied for every drive and transport sector, if one was allowed to.

    These statements clearly reflected the concern that, as an interim solution in the annual corporate responsibility reports of one or the other airline or shipping company, it would still play a certain role for a number of years, but beyond that, it would have no future. Not with 35, not with 50 and not even with 100% CO2 reduction ...

    It is also sad that we do not have a better scenario for waste recycling. Which bookbinder or carpenter cooks his own glue from leftover fish? And who still buys their furniture from a carpenter these days?

    In a thoroughly industrialized world, we also have to scale the use and use of residual and waste materials accordingly. Only in this way - on the scale of industrial re-use - can the excess materials and waste produced by us flow into an ecologically reasonably sensible cycle.

    From a purely ecological point of view (and with climate goggles on your nose) the joke is that the residual and waste materials (ergo raw materials for bio-fuel) do not emit a single mg less CO2 or methane if rotting is given priority over a combustion process .

    Apparently the obviously right way is too obvious to be true?

  • Great that this small manufacturer shows what is still possible with the combustion engine. In normal dimensions, this could also be achieved in large-scale production. It just doesn't help if all the potential for savings is ultimately used up in an SUV that weighs tons, instead of finally building lightweight aerodynamic vehicles that use fuel economically.

    @Volvaab Driver: Many of these innovations and your thoughts have been a matter of course for large diesel engines in shipping for a long time. However, this is used with two-stroke diesel engines. Without an electric fan, they would not start at all, as the flushing always requires overpressure, the turbo only builds up enough pressure later. Certain manufacturers actually only use ONE exhaust valve, which has been controlled for years according to the so-called free valve technology. At full load there is so much energy in the exhaust gases that it can be used to operate additional turbo generators, which in turn supply electrical auxiliary drives. This achieves efficiencies from which we are still light years away on the road and where, honestly, no EV will ever get there.

    The transport of a 14 to container on the EMMA MAERSK and her seven sisters uses less than THREE liters / 100 km! Unfortunately, the shipyard that built these super ships is now history.

  • Hasn't Koenigsegg already built the Freevalve engine into a Saab as a prototype?

  • @Volvaab Driver

    I got the impression that your point was an exaggerated electrification ordered by the politicians and the single valve idea was mainly an exaggerated representation of this topic. My mistake.

  • @ StF,

    The core of my idea is a single valve technology and thus a radically simplified construction and reduced friction. There is not any.

    Chancellery? Ministry of Transport? I don't understand the joke. The point is that under the impression of political goals (traffic and energy transition, abolition of E85, lack of interest in biofuels, driving bans, etc.) hardly any manufacturer is seriously exploring what leaps the combustion engine could make. Not even getting into the topic or getting out with 7-mile boots (Volvo).

  • I'm curious to see what else hybrid technology will bring out. There are already many promising approaches that open up new perspectives for the combustion engine.
    That "Mr. Tesla “takes on tasks in a (small) company that has not yet completely renounced the combustion engine, has almost something of recollection against the background of the current discussion and its own vita.
    A reflection that could turn into a role forward. E-motors offer undreamt-of possibilities not only against the combustion engine, but also for it and in mutual interaction.

    There is the incredible torque from a standing start. But there is so much more. For example, the electric drive for forced ventilation is already at a standstill. In theory, one-valve technology is even conceivable.

    We'll remember briefly: 2 valves were the minimum. One each for the inlet and outlet of a 4-stroke engine. This meant that only a fraction of the piston area was available for breathing. Series-produced engines with 3, 4 and 5 valves per cylinder followed to address the problem of getting as close as possible to the piston area. Occasionally, prototypes with oval pistons were even developed, which then had 8 (!) Valves per cylinder. 4 each for inlet and outlet. What a filigree effort ...

    The maximum inlet and outlet would have always been only 1 single valve, which takes on both functions (inlet & outlet) with a diameter close to the bore with minimum design effort and correspondingly reduced friction losses.

    It works now. It really works now and sooner or later someone comes up with this idea. Someone who can and will implement them. It came to me about 2 years ago ...

    If an electrically driven charger provides the right pressure and air flow independent of the speed, completely different designs become possible than we had previously thought.

    Let's see if someone also implements it and, if necessary, who for which market? It seems to me that this is only decided by politics ...

    Engineers and visionaries have had their day to a certain extent, it seems to me ...

  • Evan Horetsky is absolutely right. A car like the Gemera, which a little more than an Aston Martin suspects, is much nicer than a Tesla. At least the Gemera is something special. How back then a Saab behaved towards an Opel. Unfortunately I can't afford such a car but there will be a lot of interest so that the production number is sold out quickly.

  • Moin
    Interesting contribution, even if the cars are too expensive ... But the Swedes show that they can build cars ...
    Greeting André


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