Based in Sweden, Koenigsegg has spent the last twenty years building some of the world’s most elite hyper cars, pushing the limits of what we thought was technologically possible.
Well, earlier today at the Geneva Motor Show, Koenigsegg may have taken the game to an even higher level with the release of the brand-new, 1489 horsepower Regera hyper car.
“Regera is Swedish for ‘to Reign,'” says the company’s official press release. “[It’s] a suitable name for a machine that offers a never seen before combination of power, responsiveness and luxury – creating a true Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde persona.”
At the heart of this monster hyper car is a 5.0 liter twin-turbo V8 that pounds out over 1,100 horsepower, as well as three electric motors that crank out an extra 700 hp. When working together, the V8 and electric motor tandem fires out a combined output of 1.11 megawatts and, of course, an astonishing 1,489 hp.
Koenigsegg is even billing this ride as the “fastest accelerating, most powerful production car ever.”
So, how does this system work? Well, Koenigsegg says, “The patent pending KDD system replaces the combustion engines traditional transmission and gives the added benefit of pure EV mode. 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 three electric motors constitute the most powerful electrical motor set-up in production car history, replacing the gears of a normal transmission while adding; power, torque, torque vectoring and yet still able to remove weight.”
So, how much giddy up does thing actually have? Capitalizing on over 2000 Nm of generated torque, Koenigsegg says that the Regera has a 0-to-249 mph time of less than 20 seconds!! BAM!
Now, that performance would be enough to satisfy 99.999999% of all companies. But not Koenigsegg. Amazingly, the Regera is also a true king of luxury. Seems about impossible, right? I mean, how do you balance that type of performance with Rolls Royce level luxury??
Well, Koenigsegg was able to blend these two completely different aspects by tinkering with the structure of the car, developing a new rear sub frame and rear structure that allows the engine and transmission to rest on active soft mounts. This design allows the car to isolate engine noise and vibrations during casual, normal conditions; but also facilitates more aggressive driving as the mounts are capable of firming up and giving greater response.
Yes, you heard right. The Regera is the world’s first fully robotized car. Through new advancements in lightweight hydraulics, nearly the entire car is robotized, including active and rear wings, as well as a chassis control and lifting system.
Koenigsegg says of the features, “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.”
Pretty much, the Regera is the sickest car we’ve seen debuted at any auto show this year. Not surprisingly, each of these extremely rare cars (only 80 in total are being made) are listed at a base price of $1.89 million. Maybe, if you donate your body to science, you’ll be able too afford it. It might actually be an investment worth making.