It’s blatantly obvious that the 2015 Geneva Motor Show is in full swing, our social media pages are riddled with car manufacturers debuting their latest creations. One of these manufacturers has decided to give the finger to what we previously knew as hypercars (such as the Ferrari LaFerrari, Porsche 918, McLaren P1 and the Bugatti Veyron) and literally put them on show. Who is this manufacturer you ask? Well it’s none other than the Swedish manufacturer Koenigsegg with their new model; the Regera.
Before yesterday’s launch, details regarding the Koenigsegg Regera were basically non-existent. Koeningsegg had done a great job at keeping the car away from the public eye with limited spy shots on the internet; we didn’t even really know what the car was going to look like.
We were tipped that the Regera was going to be launched later in the afternoon (EST) and it was rumoured that the Regera had 1500hp and could reach 400kph from a standing start in LESS than 20 seconds! We couldn’t believe it.
Now that Koenigsegg has officially launched the Regera, we’re perplexed, but yes, the rumours were right.
The Regera was created as a luxuary Megacar (as they call it), alternative to Koenigsegg’s traditionally raw and extreme light-weight race-like road cars. With a limited production of only 80, these handcrafted Regera’s will be put together in Koenigsegg’s newly upgraded and refurbished facility.
So what are these luxuries that Koenigsegg speaks of? Well the interior features; added insulation, 8 way electrically adjustable memory foam seats. A Koenigsegg 9” infotainment system, 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, front, inner and rear camera system with recording capability, Apple CarPlay, supreme sound system, ambient lighting and many other great new features. The Regera also comes with front and rear parking sensors and remote diagnostic and firmware update capability, perfect for the wife to do the groceries in!
The heart and soul of every Koenigsegg is its Internal Combustion Engine, otherwise known as ICE. The ICE of the Regera follows the path of its siblings, based on the proven and extremely reliable Koenigsegg drysumped twin turbo, DOHC, 5.0 litre V8.
Using regular pump fuel, each cylinder produces 220 HP per engine litre. Given the electric propulsion of the Direct Drive system, the combined output is now way over 1500 HP and 200 Nm torque.
The Direct Drive transmission of the Regera is capable of delivering blistering response and performance whilst delivering one of the smoothest and most soothing driving experiences.
The Koenigsegg Direct Drive Transmission or KDD for short was invented by Christian von Koenigsegg and developed for the Regera by the Koenigsegg Advanced Engineering team.
The patent pending KDD system replaces the combustion engines traditional transmission and gives the added benefit of pure EV mode (EV refers to a mode of vehicle operation that is dependent on energy from the battery pack.). What is unique is that the KDD manages to create direct drive to rear axle from the combustion engine without the need of multitude gears or other traditional types of variable transmissions, with inherently high energy losses.
The combination of electrical and combustion power is just mind boggling. When you get up to speed, the system really comes into play, how about 3.2 seconds between 150 to 250 km/h and under 20 seconds from 0 to 400 hm/h?
Koenigsegg developed a completely new rear sub frame and rear structure that allows the engine and transmission to rest on active soft mounts. When driving in normal conditions the mounts stay soft and isolate engine noise and vibrations. When driving spirited, the mounts firm up to solidify the car and give greater response. The shock absorbers are active in height and stiffness – again allowing for the bi-polar behaviour.
Furthermore, the Regera can be driven in absolute silence, as it is possible to go into full EV mode for shorter periods of time.
Given the latest advances in compact lightweight hydraulics, Koenigsegg has managed to robotise the entire Regera with almost no weight addition. As the Regera features functions such as; active front and rear wings, chassis control and lifting system – the pumps and accumulators were already in place to connect a few more hydraulic operators. These in turn replaced gas struts of equal weight, resulting in minimal weight impact.
Due to the above, the Regera is the first car in the world that operates all body closures completely automatically. The spectacle to open and close the entire car simultaneously from the remote or smartphone, truly turns the Regera into a transformer.
With the launch of the Regera, Koenigsegg are now clearly the leading automotive manufacturer for innovation. We can’t wait to see the Koenigsegg Regera in action.
• 1100 HP of combustion engine power on 91 octane DIN or 95 octane RON (a bit more on E85)
• 1250 Nm of combustion engine torque
• 700 HP of electric propulsion
• 900 Nm of electric torque
• 9 kWh 620 Volt, flooded liquid cooled battery pack
• Over 1500 BHP or 1.11 MW
• Over 2000 Nm of torque
• Dry weight 1420 kg
• 1628 kg curb weight (including all liquids and full fuel tank)