Not to be mistaken for bare carbonfibre, naked carbonfibre or KNC (Koenigsegg Naked Carbon) is created from a new, even more labour intensive polishing process, which Koenigsegg has been perfecting over the last ten years. Beginning with the usual autoclaving, the top layer of lacquer, which is usually buffed and polished to create a glossy carbonfibre finish, is instead sanded down and removed, until the raw carbon strands underneath are exposed.
These raw strands are then themselves polished to create a more textural, structured finish, each catching the light individually, rather than as a larger smooth surface. Raw parts that are considered imperfect or with any surface or structural inconsistencies cannot be used, as these imperfections will show through in the final product.
Although this process sounds like it would reduce weight over more traditional lacquered or painted processes, it’s instead more of an aesthetic exercise, highlighting the considerable expertise in carbonfibre manufacturing that Koenigsegg has acquired over the years. The finish isn’t completely aesthetically focused though, as the KNC finish is harder than a traditional lacquer, better resisting stone chips and scratching more effectively.