Geneva 2015: Koenigsegg Regera

 

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Not one to disappoint, Swedish supercar company Koenigsegg,  known for creating some of the fastest cars on the planet, has pulled out all the stops at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show. After teasing us with obscure sketches and little information, Koenigsegg debuted the all-new Koenigsegg Regera hybrid supercar.

The Koenigsegg Regera will sit at the top of the Konigsegg range and is not intended to be a replacement for the current Agera that they make. Instead the Regera takes a different approach to speed that any of Koenigsegg’s previous cars. At 3,589 lbs, the Regera will also be around 330 lbs heavier than the Agera RS mostly due to more sound deadening, a retractable wing, and electric seats. However, the extensive use of carbon fiber still makes it relatively light, especially for the amount of power it has. This means that the Regera will be more of a GT car rather than an all-out track special like the Koenigsegg One:1. Moreover,iIt will be powered by a version of their existing 5.0L twin turbo V8, here producing around 1100 horsepower, amplified by a hybrid-electric drivetrain with 3 electric motors for a combined output of 1.11 megawatts, or 1509 horsepower, but some reports have stated as high as 1800 horsepower. All this power means that the Regera will accelerate from 0-100km/h in 2.7 seconds, and here is the astonishing but, 0-400 km/h in under 20 seconds. That is enough to out accelerate the other hybrid hypercars from Ferrari, Porsche, and McLaren.

From an engineering standpoint, the Regera has some unique technological debuts for Koenigsegg. One of the most interesting features that the Regera has is called the “Koenigsegg Direct Drive” transmission. Essentially, the transmission has no gears like a conventional gearbox. Instead, there is a hydraulic coupling that works like a clutch to engage and disengage the engine from the wheels. Unlike a conventional clutch however, the system doesn’t allow any slip at slow speeds. Therefore the Regera relies on its electric drivetrain to propel the car during slow speeds and from a stop. Above 30 mph the engine speed and the wheel speed correspond and the engine is used to power the car forward. Koenigsegg says that this system is much lighter and reduces driveline loss by over 50% compared to a conventional transmission system.

The Koenigsegg Regera will be a very limited production vehicle, with only 80 cars marked for production with 4 already sold before the debut at Geneva today. The starting  price for the Regera has been confirmed at $1,890,000 USD. Here is a first look video live from the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show:

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